CHARLOTTETOWN - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks fell 1-0 to the Queen's Gaels in the CIS final for the women's soccer championship. Queen's claims their second CIS title and Ontario's first since 1996.
Riley Filion from the Gaels scored the game winning goal from midfield in the 107th minute. The ball hit the crossbar and then bounced in, making it a perfect shot.
"I'm really disappointed for the girls,"said head coach BARRY MACLEAN following the game. "I thought they deserved a better fate. We fell a little bit short at the end and one goal wins the game."
Up to that point in the game Laurier had dominiated the play for more than 60 minutes. In the first half the Gaels had their best chances, but Laurier netminder Mallory Woeller of Kinburn, Ont. turned aside all comers. In the second half, Laurier took over the game, keeping Queen's pinned in their own zone for the majority of the frame. However, even with a ton of chances, Laurier couldn't capitalize.
The Hawks continued their dominant play in the first half of overtime, keeping the Gaels in their own end. After the goal Laurier continued to press and forced Queen's netminder Chantel Marson to make a solid diving save to keep the Hawks off the board.
Queen's did not receive a corner kick in the game while Laurier earned seven, five of which were in the second half. Shots were 12-9 in favour of the Hawks.
"I think it is incredible how they performed based on the fact that a lot of them were suffering from injuries," said MacLean.
CIS rookie of the year Kelsey Tikka of Thunder Bay, Ont. was named the tournament MVP and a tournament all-star. Joining her on the all-star team were teammates Tania Pedron of Maple, Ont., Nicole Currie of Aurora, Ont., Alyssa Lagonia of Kitchener, Ont. and Mallory Woeller.
"It's been a great season, I don't think we could ask for any more from our players. I think this is probably the best women's soccer team to play at Laurier," concluded MacLean.
Laurier compiled a 11-1-2 record in the regular season and then went 3-0 in the OUA playoffs to earn the provincial championship.They defeated UBC and Montreal to advance to the CIS final. All of the Hawks who played this season are eligible to return for next year.