Laurier: 3 OUA Quarter-Final - Western: 2
WATERLOO, Ont. - The Western Mustangs took the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks to penalty kicks, but the purple and gold prevailed 3-2 and advance to the Final Four in Kingston.
"We were lucky to get the result in the end, but a little bit of luck going into the playoffs is a positive thing for us," said head coach BARRY MACLEAN
following the game. "We can perform a lot better than we did today."
Both teams were having trouble dealing with the wind, but it was the Hawks who would strike first. Julia Marchese
of Oakville, Ont. redirected a Heather Maliza (Burlington, Ont.) shot to make the score 1-0 in the 21st minute. The Mustangs would answer with a goal from Erin Grand of Toronto in the 41st minute making the score tied 1-1 at the break.
In the second, the Western’s Emily Deckert of Kitchener, Ont. gave the visitors a 2-1 advantage in the 51st minute, but Laurier's team co-captain Tania Pedron
of Maple, Ont. evened the match two minutes later by sniping the top right corner of the net on a free kick in the 18-yard box.
Nothing was resolved in overtime so the match went to a shoot out.
The Mustangs went first and both team's made good on their first three shots. On Western's fourth attempt Laurier netminder Mal Woeller of Kinburn, Ont. made the stop. Then Heather Malizia
scored to put the Hawks up by one and Woeller made another save to give Laurier the win.
The Hawks out shot the visitors 12-to-3 with Heather Malizia
taking seven shots. Melanie Oberholzer of Kitchener, Ont. made eight saves in the loss.
Laurier now moves on to the Final Four in Kingston, Ont. and will face Ottawa in the OUA semifinal on Saturday, November 6th.