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Hawks lose heartbreaker to Carabins
Laurier: 1 Montreal - CIS Quarter-final: 2

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MONTREAL (November 10, 2011) - For the second consecutive game, the No. 5 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's soccer team came out on the losing end of penalty kicks as they lost 2-1 to the No. 1 Montreal Carabins Thursday evening at Percival Molson Stadium in Montreal.

The loss in the CIS Quarter-final matchup means that the Hawks will not play for a medal at this year's championship. They will now be relegated to the consolation bracket where they can finish as high as fifth.

In what was another hard-fought battle for Laurier, the team opened up strongly against the RSEQ champions. CIS Player of the Year Alyssa Lagonia of Kitchener, Ont., had two shots on goal in the opening five minutes of play but was unable to beat Montreal keeper Martine Julien of Lachine, Que.

The Carabins seemed content to play a very defensive style of play, playing with just one forward and five midfielders in an attempt to contain the Hawks talented offensive players. For the rest of the opening half, neither team generated much in the way of offence and the two teams went into the break scoreless.

However, the Hawks would refuse to be dismayed by the lack of opportunities and continued to press early in the second half. The team would be rewarded in the 59th minute when Heather Malizia of Burlington, Ont., gathered up a loose ball in the box and fired a shot. The ball deflected off a Montreal defender and past a helpless Julien to make the score 1-0.

With plenty of time still left in the game, Montreal turned up the offensive pressure and generated a number of offensive chances. Finally, with only three minutes remaining in regulation, Montreals Veronique Maranda of Montreal, picked up a loose ball and crossed it into the box where Eva Thouvenot-Hebert of Montreal, managed to head it past Hawks keeper Mallory Woeller of Kinburn, Ont., to tie the match.

In extra time, each team had a glorious chance to win the game. First, Chloe Sabourin of Kirkland, Que., got a great shot away off the wing but Woeller came up with an excellent diving save. Then, Hawks forward Julia Marchese of Oakville, Ont., fired a ball past Julien but just missed the far post, meaning that penalty kicks would be needed to decide a winner.

After the first three shooters on each team scored, Lagonia stepped up to the penalty spot for the Hawks but her shot was stopped by Julien. Sabourin then scored for the Carabins to put them up 4-3, forcing Sadie Anderson of Mississauga, Ont., to score to extend the match. However, Julien was once again equal to the task and the Carabins advanced to the semifinals.

"I don't know what to say, we're so disappointed," said Laurier Head Coach BARRY MACLEAN following the match. "We have 24 girls in there bawling their eyes out. They deserved a much better fate."

"I think we have a great group of players and we have the ability to win the rest of our games," said Hawks goal scorer Heather Malizia when asked if her team can bounce back. "We just need to get our heads straight."

Laurier will now face the No. 2 Trinity Western Spartans, who were upset 1-0 in penalty kicks by the host McGill Martlets, in the consolation semifinal tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m.

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