Written by Mark Bahensky
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens conceded an equalizing goal just 23 seconds after scoring the first goal of the game on Saturday afternoon, leading to a 1-1 draw with the Ryerson Rams.
“I think today we played a really good game and got rewarded, scored a good goal. To concede like that right away is disappointing but we had a lot of young players on the field at that moment. We’ve got to learn from it, and we’ll be better as a program for it,” said Ravens Head Coach Dom Oliveri.
Pace of play was slow in the first half, with the first chance coming in the 39th minute. Cheyenne Bent won the ball in midfield for the Ravens before playing a through-ball down the left side for Jade Dacosta-Pacheco. Her cross found Chloe Doherty in the box, but her touch was heavy, and the Rams goalkeeper smothered it.
The Rams would get their first chance with just over three minutes left in the half, after BreAnah Webster’s cross from the right side bobbled around in the box. The Rams couldn’t get a solid shot off, and the teams headed into halftime tied 0-0.
Doherty would get the Ravens’ next opportunity 15 minutes after halftime. Monica Anthony made a clean tackle in midfield before playing a slicing through ball to a streaking Doherty down the right side. Doherty would get on the end of it, but Rams’ goalkeeper Elisa Lapadula came off her line aggressively and pounced on the ball just as Doherty entered the box.
Anthony, who was making just her sixth appearance of the season on Saturday, would spring Doherty again in the 87th minute with another long ball forward. Doherty got on the end of it before looping a chip over Lapadula into the net from 20 yards out for the 1-0 lead.
“[Anthony’s] been out since game three of the season against the University of Ottawa, had a concussion in training, so this is the first time she’s really been cleared to play. It was nice to actually get our backline back together the way we want it,” said Oliveri.
The lead wouldn’t last long however, as the Rams came forward immediately from kick-off. Sara Wicks was able to stop the initial shot attempt, but the rebound came loose in the box. The ball would fall for Vittoria Gallivan, who buried it in the open net to tie the game, still in the 87th minute.
“We’re at a point now where we can’t make the playoffs, we’ve got to see what some of our younger players can do and I thought they did well. We’re just trying to see what we have, and if they can take what they’re doing in training and apply it in games,” added Oliveri.
The Ravens will play their final game of the season on Sunday, October 20th as they play host to the Toronto Varsity Blues at 1pm at MNP Park.