Photo by Valerie Wutti
There was no doubt that the Raven men were ready to put last weekend’s results against York behind them as they scored early and often against Trent on Friday. The first Carleton goal was scored in the seventh minute, and the Ravens never looked back, going on to win 9-0.
After scoring the goal of the year last weekend, Matteo De Brienne (Ottawa, Ont.) picked up where he left off as he opened the scoring for the Ravens. It was the first of three he would score on the night, and it was a beautiful team goal. Ottawa’s Gaby Bitar would use his quick feet to open up a pass for Scott Mazzotta (Ottawa, Ont.), who promptly squared the ball across for De Brienne, who tapped home into an empty net.
The Ravens kept coming at the Excalibur, and it wasn’t long until they found goal number two. The other half of De Brienne’s wonder goal last week, Tareq Hamad (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.), headed home for the Ravens in the 25th minute to extend their lead.
Carleton didn’t want any uncertainty over this game heading into halftime, and they didn’t let their foot off the gas. After missing both games against York, reigning back to back, OUA MVP Dario Conte (Ottawa, Ont.) was roaring to go, and in the 33rd minute, he marked his return with a goal. Mazzotta picked up his third assist of the night as he laid it off into the path of Conte, who smashed a low bullet into the far bottom corner.
Not long after, Matteo De Brienne (Ottawa, Ont.) added his second of the game and Carleton’s fourth as the Ravens headed into halftime four goals up on Trent. De Brienne has had a fantastic rookie season and is now up to six goals for the year. He is a vital part of the Ravens attack, and his ability to create things from wide and come into the middle of the field and find areas to score goals from has added a new element to the Carleton dynamic.
The shots were seven to two in favour of the Ravens after the first half, and the second half didn’t get any better for Trent. De Brienne finished off his hattrick just four minutes into the second half, and the Ravens went into cruise control following that.
Emad Houache, (Ottawa, Ont.) Scott Mazzotta, Sean Kim (Richmond Hill, Ont.) and Jeremy Aweya (Kanata, Ont.) scored Carleton’s sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth goals.
The Ravens are building up their confidence just in time for Nationals as they know the expectations will be grand for the team hosting the event in late November. The scorelines last weekend against York weren’t representative of how well the team played and the Raven men understood the importance of getting back in the win column. They did so emphatically Friday.
Carleton finishes off their regular season this Halloween Sunday at the Raven’s Perch against Trent. The game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. as the Ravens look to head into the playoffs on a high.