CHARLOTTETOWN - Alyssa Lagonia of Kitchener, Ont. scored two goals in overtime to lift the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks to a 2-0 decision over the Montreal Carabins.
"Definitely a hard fought battle and Montreal really put up a good fight," said Lagonia following the game. "We got pretty lucky and we fought hard and we earned our outcome."
Lagonia scored the game winner in the 94th minute on a penalty kick. Julia Marchese of Oakville, Ont. was charging to the net after the ball and was hauled down inside the box by her jersey. The official awarded the penalty kick and the fourth year midfielder made good on the opportunity.
Just after the goal, Montreal midfielder Claire Robbins recieved a red card from the official. Playing both a man and a goal down the Carabins pressed the attack but Laurier would answer on a counter. Forward Ali McKee of Bracebridge, Ont. picked up the ball at midfield and took it took it to the corner. She crossed it into the box and Alyssa Lagonia out-raced the Montreal defenders to get a touch on the ball and send it to the back of the net in the 106th minute.
In regulation play, following a couple of quality chances by the Hawks in the early going both teams battled until the 70th minute before Laurier began to take control of the game. Not coincidently this was just after All-Canadian midfielder Tania Pedron of Maple, Ont. re-entered the match. Pedron left the field with eight minutes remaining in the first half with an apparent hamstring injury.
In the last 15 minutes of regulation the Hawks had numerous chances, sparked by several quality crosses from Heather Malizia of Burlington, Ont.. Montreal defenders denied two apparent sure goals in the 85th minute, one on a clearance by Claudiane Tremblay and a second when a Carabins defender made a save on the goal line as the Hawks exerted pressure to the end.
"I'm really happy with the outcome," said head coach BARRY MACLEAN. "In the first half we were a bit tentative, but in the second half we clearly took over the game and created a lot of chances."
Laurier ended up out-shooting the Carabins 17-12, with Hawk netminder Mallory Woeller of Kinburn, Ont earning her second shutout of the tournament.
The last time Laurier claimed a national title in women's soccer was in 1995 when they defeated the Dalhousie Tigers 1-0. The last team from Ontario to claim the CIS championship was Ottawa in 1996.
The Golden Hawks now advance to the national final against the Queen's Gaels who they beat previously in the OUA championship. The match will be played at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 14th.