Photo credit Stephane Gaudreau
QUEBEC CITY (CIS) – The Ottawa Gee-Gees launched the festivities of the 2014 CIS women’s soccer championship Thursday morning with a 2-0 win against the Montreal Carabins in the first quarter-final played at Stade TELUS-Université Laval in Quebec City.
Goals from Meaghan Ramsden (Ottawa, Ont.) and OUA standout MVP Pilar Khoury (Ottawa, Ont.) in the first half paved the way to lead the OUA champions to victory.
With the win, Ottawa booked their ticket into the semifinals of the championship on Friday at 4 p.m. They will face the winner of quarter-final #2 between UOIT and Trinity Western. The Carabins will play a consolation match at 11 a.m. against the loser of that matchup.
“We are really happy with the way we came out. We put pressure on Montreal really early, we scored the goal five minutes in. It helped us settle down. We had a game plan coming in and in the first half, the team executed really well,” said Gee-Gees coach Steve Johnson after the game.
Carabins head coach Kevin McConnell could not hide his disappointment. “We are obviously disappointed with the way we came out in the first half. We didn’t start well and it makes it difficult when you give up a penalty in the first five minutes of a game,” said McConnell. “That said, we didn’t control the last 40 minutes of the half either. We played a good second half but we didn’t create enough chances.”
From the opening minute the Gee-Gees were quick to prove why they were ranked number one heading into the tournament. Meaghan Ramsden (Ottawa, Ont.) converted a penalty kick in the sixth minute of play, giving a 1-0 lead to the OUA champions.
The Carabins came close to tying it in the 15th minute, but midfielder Laura Chenard’s (Sainte-Luce, Que.) shot hit the crossbar. After extended play of even possession Ottawa doubled its lead in the 33rd minute. Julia Francki (Orleans, Ont.) headed a corner kick in the direction of Pilar Khoury (Ottawa, Ont.) who sent the ball into the net.
Montreal came close to scoring with a good chance in the 43rd minute, but Laurianne Garant-Saine’s (Montreal, Que) free kick just outside the penalty area was saved by Gee-Gees keeper Cynthia Leblanc (Granby, Que.).
The Carabins began the second half just as they ended the first,
creating a great scoring chance in the 48th minute when Kim
Brûlé (Trois-Rivieres, Que.) drilled a shot, but once
again Gee-Gees Leblanc stood tall. Montreal was able to put
together a stronger second 45 minutes, but failed to break through
the Gee-Gees defence.
OTT 1-0-0: 2
MTL 0-0-0-: 0
1. OTT Meaghan Ramsden (1) (penalty kick), 6th
2. OTT Pilar Khoury (1) (Julia Francki), 33rd
OTT: Cynthia Leblanc (W, 0 GA, 3 saves, 90:00, 1-0)
MTL: Emily Beaudouin (L, 2 GA, 2 saves, 90:00, 0-1)
Shots: OTT 5, MTL 15
Shots on net: OTT 4, MTL 3
Corners: OTT 2, MTL 7
Offsides: OTT 3, MTL 0
Fouls: OTT 15, MTL 9
Yellow cards: MTL (Laura Chenard)
Red cards: none
Players of the game:
OTT: Pilar Khoury
MTL: Constance de Chantal Dumont
SCHEDULE & RESULTS
Thursday, Nov. 6
11:00 Quarter-final 1: Ottawa 2, Montreal 0
13:30 Quarter-final 2: UOIT vs. Trinity Western (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
16:00 Quarter-final 3: Fraser Valley vs. Memorial (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
18:30 Quarter-final 4: Western vs. Laval (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
Friday, Nov. 7
11:00 Consolation 1: Montreal vs. Loser QF 2 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
13:30 Consolation 2: Loser QF 3 vs. Loser QF 4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
16:00 Semifinal 1: Ottawa vs. Winner QF 2 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
18:30 Semifinal 2: Winner QF 3 vs. Winner QF 4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
Saturday, Nov. 8
11:00 5th-place game (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
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