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Women's Soccer - Queen's vs UOIT 20161106
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QUEEN'S 0, UOIT 1
GAELS HEAD TO NATIONALS WITH OUA SILVER
Queen's Sports Information
The Gaels suffered a 1-0 loss to the UOIT Ridgebacks in the OUA Championship game, and will head to Acadia for the National Championships as the OUA Finalists. With the result, UOIT thwarted the Gaels hopes of repeating as provincial champions and captured the first OUA Championship in the history of their women's soccer program.
To start the first half, Queen's struggled to keep possession of the ball against the relentless pressure applied by the Ridgebacks. The tricolour were forced to make a sub in the opening minutes when Rachel Radu (Ottawa) took a knee and was replaced by Savannah Meyer-Clement (Oshawa, Ont.). After 15 mintues, the Gaels found their footing and began to have some success advancing the ball. Just when Queen's was starting to look dangerous in the offensive third, a costly give away got turned into a breakaway opportunity for UOIT's Taijah Henderson. The Ridgeback attacker beat out the Gaels defenders in a race toward goal, making a move at the top of the box before putting her team ahead with a low shot that beat Madison Tyrell (White Rock, B.C.). Lauren Winquist (London, Ont.) and Sarah Nixon (Oakville, Ont.) checked into the game soon after, and the tricolour picked up the intensity as the half progressed. The two subs made an instant impact, with Windquist causing a turnover at the top of the 18 before passing across to Nixon, whose shot was saved by UOIT's Helen Frampton. Jenny Wolever (Toronto) was marked closely for much of the first half, but got away from her defenders late in the half when she cut in from the wing, firing a shot that missed high.
Queen's came out of halftime playing their best soccer of the match. The Gaels built on their momentum from late in the first half and played balls down the wings to get into Ridgebacks territory. Even though the Gaels were finding a little more time on the ball, UOIT continued to keep the tricolour off the scoreboard with solid defence in their own end. Laura Callender (Ottawa) found some space in the middle of the field and fired a shot goalward, but Frampton was there to tip it onto the crossbar and out for a Gaels corner. Wolever had another chance for Queen's when she sped past her defenders, but her left-footed shot was saved on the turf. Brittany Almeida (Kingston, Ont.) created an opportunity for herself when she danced away from a UOIT would-be tackler and fired a rocket toward the top right corner. The ball beat a diving Frampton, but sailed harmlessly wide. In the final 10 minutes of the game, UOIT recovered the form they had early in the game, shutting down every Gaels chance before any threat of danger. When the final whistle sounded, UOIT was crowned the OUA Champion and the Gaels settled for silver.
Tyrell finished the game with four saves, while Frampton was credited with two.
UOIT WOMEN'S SOCCER WINS FIRST OUA CHAMPIONSHIP IN SCHOOL HISTORY
For the first time ever – UOIT has won an Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championship.
The women's soccer program defeated the Queen's Gaels 1-0 on Sunday at Mustangs Field in London to claim both the program and school's first OUA banner.
"It's a pretty indescribable feeling to be honest – I'm extremely proud of the girls and the way they played over the weekend and throughout the season," said UOIT athletic director Scott Barker. "The first OUA banner and championship in UOIT history and I can't think of a more deserving team than the women's soccer program for what they've done over the last five years."
In the 22nd minute OUA all-star Taijah Henderson (Ajax, Ont.) scored the lone goal of the match, outmuscling the Queen's defender to earn a breakaway and tuck the ball in the bottom left corner of the net under Madison Tyrell (White Rock, B.C.).
The Ridgeback defence was strong throughout the game, but the defending champion Queen's Gaels did string together numerous second half opportunities – including a shot off the crossbar late in the match.
Tyrell finished the game with four saves, while UOIT keeper and OUA all-star Helen Frampton (Toronto, Ont.) made two stops in the match.
"I – I was just emotional, obviously some tears and I wanted to go congratulate the other coach for what they've done, but I knew I had to come back and celebrate with the girls and enjoy it with the girls," said UOIT head coach Peyvand Mossavat. "The last five years building the program hasn't been easy, but you feel like everything you've done, it some how summed up to this."
The Ridgebacks best finish in their program's five-year history prior to Sunday was a bronze medal at the 2014 championship in Hamilton.
"It's surreal – I kind of had to pinch myself a couple times, but it's probably the best feeling I've ever had," said fifth-year defender Jamie Ryan (Ottawa, Ont.).
After the game UOIT captain Kylie Bordeleau (Cambridge, Ont.) was named the Porter Airlines player of the game.
"I can't (describe it), I don't think that I've taken it in, but I can't put it into words," said Bordeleau. "It feels overwhelming and amazing and I'm overwhelmed with pride for my team."
Both teams now advance to the U Sports (CIS) women's soccer championship at Acadia University from Nov. 10-13.
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