Written by Mark Bahensky
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, Ontario – A goal in the 78th minute was enough for the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees on Sunday afternoon as they defeated the Carleton Ravens 1-0.
“I thought it was a great performance from our team, that’s the number one team in the country [and] defending national champions. I think we gave them everything we could today,” said Ravens Head Coach Dom Oliveri
The Gee-Gees held an early advantage in shots on goal in the first half, forcing Sara Wicks to make a number of impressive saves. In the 27th minute it was a stop on Katherine Bearne’s point blank volley attempt after a cross from the wing dropped at her feet.
Wicks denied Bearne again shortly after, diving to get hands on a strike which was headed towards the top corner from 30 yards out. She would finish the match with 12 saves on 13 shots against.
“She was fantastic,” said Oliveri. “That was the veteran performance we were expecting from her.”
Chloe Doherty created an opportunity 10 seconds into the second half for the Ravens, sprinting down the left side before cutting inside and having a strike. The resulting shot was pushed over the bar for a corner kick.
The Gee-Gees maintained possession in the offensive half in the second half, continuing to pressure the Ravens. The breakthrough came with 12 minutes left after Emma Lefebvre swung a cross into the crowded penalty area which met the head of Trinity Esprit, who directed it into the bottom right corner.
“We wanted to sit in, defend really well and see if we could score in transition. We had our moments for sure and created 4-5 opportunities which was the goal, we didn’t take them today,” added Oliveri.
The Ravens came close to equalizing in the 90th minute after a cross dropped for an unmarked Alyssa Borello in front of goal, but Gee-Gees goalkeeper Margot Shore came up with a match-saving stop.
The Ravens will travel to Toronto next weekend for a pair of matches, starting against the Ryerson Rams on Saturday, October 12th at 12pm.