Written by Mark Bahensky
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens captured their 10th consecutive victory to start the season on Thursday afternoon, defeating the Queen’s Gaels 2-0.
It was a game of few chances from the beginning, with the teams managing only one shot on goal each through the first half.
The Ravens thought they had the first goal in the 28th minute after Jimi Aribido slotted the ball into the net off a clearing attempt by the Gaels goalkeeper. However, the referee ruled that Nikola Erak interfered with the goalkeeper after a collision in the air and pulled the goal back.
“We’ve played better stuff in the past but we didn’t concede and we didn’t give many shots up, so you take the positives from it. At the same time that’s not the level we want to be playing at on a regular basis, you always want to improve on that,” said Ravens Head Coach Kwesi Loney of his team’s first half performance.
The Ravens came out with more energy in the second half, creating a number of early chances. It wasn’t until Stefan Karajovanovic came on as a substitute however, that they found their first goal.
Karajovanovic went on a shifty run in the 71st minute, through the penalty area and a number of defenders before playing in a low cross from the goal line. The cross deflected off the back of a Gaels defender into his own net for the 1-0 Ravens lead.
“We always refer to our substitutes not as bench players but impact players, because they come in to solidify a win for us or go in and get the win. It was great to see that happen today,” said Loney.
Dario Conte secured the win eight minutes later, notching another spectacular goal. Conte controlled a Gaels clearing attempt just outside the box before having a strike which flew into the top left corner of the net.
The Ravens have amassed a 10-0-0 record so far this season, scoring 27 goals while conceding only two. The team has four regular season games remain before the playoffs begin.
The Ravens will have eight days off before they travel to Toronto for a pair of matches, starting against the Ryerson Rams on Saturday, October 12th at 3:15pm.