OTTAWA – Liora Berger (Richmond Hill,
Ont.) opened the scoring for #8 nationally ranked Wilfrid Laurier
(8-1-5) just five minutes into the game as the Golden Hawks went on
to defeat the Carleton Ravens (6-6-2) 3-1 at the University of
“It is a great result for us and I'm happy to be going into the final,” said head coach BARRY MACLEAN following the team's third straight 3-1 win in the post season.
Laurier has outscored their opponents
19-4 since their first and only loss in the regular season.
The game started with the Golden Hawks attacking the Raven's almost immediately. Laurier controlled the play until there was a loose ball in front of the net which Liora Berger shot past Carleton netminder Erin Klimas (Russel, Ont.). The lady Hawks continued to put pressure on the Ravens and midway through the first half Sara Hopper (Thornhill, Ont.) put a ball on net which the defenders couldn't handle and ended up scoring on their own net. The score at the end of the half had Laurier up two on the Ravens.
The second half saw the purple and gold continue their up tempo play. This half it would be the Ravens who would score first, with just five minutes left in regulation, Alexandra Skupek (Ottawa, Ont.) would deflect a free kick into the back of the net, as Hawk goalie Mal Woeller (Kinburn, Ont.) couldn't get a hand on it. Laurier would respond just a minute later when Alyssa Coppolino (Kitchener, Ont.) and Erin Klimas collided in the box while going for a ball. The official awarded Laurier a penalty kick and Becca Isaacs (London, Ont.) made no mistake to make the score 3-1.
Laurier will now advance to the OUA Championship game for the first time since 1996 which they lost to the University of Ottawa 1-0. This time they will also face the Gee Gee's.
“We have to deal with their set pieces which are very dangerous,” commented MacLean on their upcoming gold medal game against the host Ottawa Gee Gees. “They play very high pressure so we'll have to be aware of that as well.”
The Golden Hawks will face the host Ottawa Gee Gee's at 2:00 p.m. at the University of Ottawa's Sports Complex on Sunday, Novemeber 2nd. The game will also be broadcast live on SSN (http://www.ssncanada.ca/)