Photo by Robin Kasem
KINGSTON – After taking on the Queen’s Gaels less than 48 hours prior, the Carleton Ravens lost their Sunday rematch 2-0 on the road.
Just as they did on Friday night, the Gaels got off to a quick start as midfielder Jenna Matsukubo scored a ninth-minute goal to give Queen’s an early lead.
Carleton forward Lauren Illman (Whitby, Ont.) almost answered immediately for the Ravens with a great long shot that was caught by Queen’s goalkeeper Kristin Tynan in the 10th minute. Six minutes later, a free-kick from defender Yuoma Konate (Ottawa, Ont.) almost found the back of the net if not for another great save from Tynan.
Queen’s held most of the possession in the latter parts of the first half, but Carleton managed to make it to halftime trailing just 1-0 to a team that had beaten them 5-0 just two nights before. Carleton goalkeeper Sophie Ehlebracht (Ottawa, Ont.) made two terrific saves, and defender Elodie Sylvain (Ottawa, Ont.) blocked a high-danger Queen’s chance inside the 18-yard box.
The Ravens found themselves defending for most of the opening portion of the second half. Queen’s put in two good crosses, both of which came off the head of a Gaels player wide of the net. Sophie Ehlebracht (Ottawa, Ont.) was called upon in the 52nd minute where she made a great save on a shot outside the 18-yard box.
Lauren Illman (Whitby, Ont) continued her strong play into the second half, and nearly tied the game at one when she struck a long shot off her right foot that curled just wide of the net. In the minutes following, she was backtracking in midfield and won several key battles for the Ravens.
In the 70th minute, Queen’s forward Cecilia Way scored an impressive goal off the right post and into the back of the net to give Queen’s an insurance goal, and a 2-0 victory in their home opener. It was Way’s third goal of the season, having scored a brace at the Ravens’ Perch in the season opener.
The Ravens were a much-improved side in this match compared to their Friday night game against Queen’s. They were more aggressive in the midfield, particularly midfielder Mya Van Haaster (Waterdown, Ont.) who helped win possession back for Carleton on a few occasions in the second half.
The Carleton Ravens will take on Royal Military College (RMC) next on the road on Friday, October 1, at 6:00 p.m. Their next return to Ravens’ Perch is on Sunday, October 3, where they’ll play a rematch with RMC at 1:00 p.m.
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