KINGSTON, Ont. - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks defeated the Queen's Gaels 1-0 in the OUA final to claim their seventh provincial championship. Forward Ali McKee of Bracebridge, Ont. headed the game winner into the net off Kitchener native Alyssa Lagonia's corner kick.
"It feels amazing, just as good as the first time," said McKee following the game."They were first in their divsion, so we knew this was going to be a big game."
Last season these two teams faced off in the OUA semifinal where the Gaels defeated the Hawks in overtime.
"It feels a million times better to beat them this time," continued McKee.
The match started off slowly with both team's feeling each other out. Laurier kept the play in the Gaels end, picking up a couple of good scoring opportunities, until about 15 minutes in. After a defensive break down Queen's got a solid scoring chance but it was wide. Neither side was able to capitalize on their chances before the break.
In the second half, the Hawks maintained better disipline and kept getting the ball forward. After a number of corner kick opportunities, Ali McKee made good on her opportunity to change the pace of the game. After the goal the Golden Hawks kept getting the ball to the Gaels corners and holding it to finish out the game. Queen's didn't have a solid scoring opportunity for the remainder of the game.
"It's always great to win a championship," said head coach BARRY MACLEAN. "I thought we were fantastic in every aspect of the game. Tactically we were very sound"
OUA West MVP Tania Pedron of Maple, Ont. was named the player of the game. The fourth year team co-captain held CIS leading goal scorer Jacqueline Tessier of Peterbourgh, Ont. off the scoreboard.
Both teams now advance the CIS national championship hosted by UPEI on Prince Edward Island.
"We are pretty confident going into nationals. We've performed well all season and Queen's was the number one team in the country, so to come out and beat them was a great acheivement," concluded MacLean.