Written by Mark Bahensky
Photo by Seyran Mammadov
TORONTO, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens led the Toronto Varsity Blues for a majority of the second half on Sunday afternoon, but conceded two goals in the final 11 minutes to fall 2-1.
“We were extremely happy with how we played in the first 80 minutes, [but] we had a bad five minutes and Toronto capitalized on our mistakes,” said Ravens Head Coach Dom Oliveri.
The Ravens looked to play out from the back during the first half while the Varsity Blues pressed high up the pitch, aiming to strike on the counterattack. Both sides managed to shut each other down before creating high-end scoring opportunities.
The Varsity Blues had the most dangerous chance of the first half when Daniella Cipriano’s cross from the right side met Erin Kelly in front of goal. Kelly deflected the ball towards goal, but Sophie Ehlebracht smothered it for the Ravens.
Chloe Doherty would give the Ravens a shock lead out of the gate in the second half, going on a run before directing the ball into the back of the net while being bundled over in the box. The lead would last for the next 30 minutes while the Ravens dictated pace of play.
The Varsity Blues found their legs in the final 15 minutes however, as Kelly was substituted back onto the pitch. She would tie the game in the 79th minute after a low cross ran through a number of legs in the box, finding her alone in front for the goal.
The winning goal came in the 85th minute for the Varsity Blues, with Cipriano swinging in a corner that landed in the box for Valentina Greco to slot home.
The Ravens will shift their focus to their final games of the season next weekend, when they face the Ryerson Rams and Toronto Varsity Blues for the second time this season.
“Next weekend is about our seniors and ensuring that they end their time with our program in the right way,” added Oliveri
The Ravens will face the Ryerson Rams on Saturday, October 19th at 1pm at MNP Park.