Saturday, September 6, 2014 | Women's Soccer
OTTAWA, ON – The opening minutes of the game saw the Ravens and the Rams well matched, each making forays into the other’s end. But as the half progressed there were only a few serious attempts on net from either side. Early on, Ryerson’s Janica Adams (Toronto, ON) displayed some speed on the left flank but was brought down by the tenacious Raven defence and had to be replaced by Nicole Haynes (Whitby, ON).
Carleton had the lion’s share of possession through the first half but couldn’t capitalize, the Ravens picked up the pressure near the end of the half but no one could find the back of the net. Nicole Filipow (Edmonton, AB) had a few daring chances, her best attempt came off a cross in from Vanessa Germano (Ottawa, ON). Filipow executed a great turn near the top of the 18 yard box and her first attempt had Ryerson’s keeper, Brittney Clendenan (Ottawa, ON), fumbling the catch but Filipow sent her second straight into the keeper who covered it quickly. It was Clendenan’s actions between the sticks that kept the Rams in the game for the first half.
Both teams came out with more intensity in the second half. Unfortunately for Ryerson their best chance culminated in a breakaway by Sarah Harvey that was flagged offside in the 58th minute. For the Ravens the second half was more profitable. After being smothered by the Rams’ defence for the first 28 minutes a gorgeous pass from Malat Cherent (Ottawa, ON) found Sarah Royer’s (Lethbridge, AB) head and she drove it into the back of the net to put the Ravens up 1 – nil. Ravens’ fans were not surprised that their goal came from Royer, she has scored in all three of the Ravens’ matches this season. Cherent came in as a sub in 29th minute for Abby Nicastro (Ottawa, ON) and really made an impact on the right flank. The Ravens’ goal unsettled the Rams’ defence and mental errors in their back line left them scrambling but Clendenan was there to back up her defence and hold the Ravens’ lead to 1.
Carleton’s Head Coach, Raz El Asmar, admitted that his team had a bit of a slow start but said, “When we started settling to play our possession we started to move the ball around nicely and we started to find the space in behind them.” The Ravens face off against the University of Toronto’s Varsity Blues tomorrow, September 7th, at 1:00pm at Ravens’ Field.