Wednesday, October 23, 2013 | Women's Soccer
Written by Mike Beasley
The Carleton Ravens have travel plans for this weekend.
The women’s soccer team will be in Toronto on Sunday afternoon for an OUA East semi-final match against the Varsity Blues.
The Ravens qualified for the important contest after defeating the Nipissing Lakers 3-2 on Wednesday afternoon at Ravens’ Field.
Carleton beat the Lakers with ease during the regular season going 2-0 in their two meetings but Wednesday’s contest was tighter than Ravens’ head coach, Alex McNutt would have liked.
“Playoff games are never easy, this was not on of our (Carleton) best games but the main thing is we’re through,” McNutt said.
“Now our focus is on Toronto and being prepared to play against them for a second time in a week.”
Toronto and Carleton met at Ravens’ Field on Sunday, October 20 with the Varsity Blues edging the Ravens edging 3-2, securing second place in the OUA East standings and a first round bye.
The loss sent the Ravens into third place and Wednesday’s matchup with No.6 Nipissing.
Carleton took a 1-0 lead (38th) when Sarah Royer (Lethbridge, AB) converted a crisp, cross crease pass from Abby Nicastro (Ottawa) who controlled the ball as she sprinted down the left side of the field before finding her teammate with a perfect feed.
“That goal started with a terrific pass from Tina (Lacava) (Markham, ON) and I was able to spot Sarah in front of the net,” Nicastro explained.
“We won this game and will be fired up to play against Toronto on Sunday.”
Nipissing tied the game 1-1 (46th) but the Ravens responded in the 52nd minute with Emma Landry (Ottawa, ON) finding the back of the Lakers’ net with a nice header off a Carleton corner kick.
The Lady Ravens went up by two goals 3-1 at the 75 minute mark with a Mijnairii Perkins (Brampton, ON) tally when she booted the ball into the top of the Lakers net.
Nipissing made things interesting with a marker in the 83rd minute but Carleton hung on for the win.
Sunday’s game at Varsity Stadium in Toronto gets underway at 2:00PM.
The winner will qualify for the 2013 women’s final four, November 2-3.