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Women's Soccer - Queen's at Western 20161104
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QUEEN'S 2, WESTERN 0
SKOKO SENDS GAELS TO OUA CHAMPIONSHIP
By Queen's Sports Information
The No.7 Gaels blanked the host Western Mustangs 2-0 on a pair of goals from Matija Skoko (Toronto) in the OUA Semi-Final to earn a spot in the Championship game at 2pm on Sunday. The win also books Queen's a place at the U Sports National Championship next weekend, hosted by Acadia.
The Gaels began the game with heightened intensity, as play went back and forth early. The Gaels gained momentum after Jenny Wolever (Toronto), Tara Bartam (Vancouver) and Brittany Almeida (Kingston, Ont.) fired shots on target, but were stopped by the Mustangs goalie Megan Girardi. Queen's defence stood strong against the Mustangs offence, holding them to just two shots in the first half, but none on net. The first half ended with a stressful attack on the Gaels net, when Amanda Boyle had one of the best opportunities of the game for Western, but her shot hit the crossbar and went over to leave the halftime score 0-0.
The Gaels started the second half with strong defence as the Mustangs pushed attacks towards goal. The tricolour maintained a tight midfield throughout the game to limit Western's ability to move the ball. In the 59th minute of the game, Wolever sent a shot on net from the wide left corner. Mustangs keeper Girardi saved the first shot, but the rebound fell to Skoko, who poked the ball into the net to put Queen's ahead 1-0. Soon after, the Mustangs had an opportunity just outside the Gaels 18 yard box, but the tricolour cleared the ball from their end to defend their lead. In the 86th minute, good defence from Skoko put her in a footrace with Western's keeper for the ball. The Gaels midfielder won the race and made no mistake, placing the ball into the open net for a 2-0 lead. The Gaels maintained the lead until the end, winning the game and earning the right to defend their OUA title.
Madison Tyrell (White Rock) stood tall when she needed to, earning her fifth consecutive clean sheet dating back to the regular season.
BY THE NUMBERS
7 – Seven shots on goal for the Gaels
2 – The Gaels are looking to make it two OUA titles in a row
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