Laurier: 5 Guelph - OUA Quarter-final: 1
WATERLOO, Ont. (October 28, 2012) - Emily Brown
of Waterloo, Ont., scored a hat-trick while Julie Maheu
of Oakville, Ont., scored once and set up three other goals as the No. 6 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's soccer team dominated the Guelph Gryphons 5-1 to win their OUA Quarter-final matchup.
With the victory, Laurier advances to their fifth consecutive OUA Final Four tournament which will be hosted by the No. 1 Ottawa Gee-Gees next weekend.
"I thought we played with a lot of energy right from the start of the game," commented head coach BARRY MACLEAN
after the win. "We were very aggressive and composed and our finishing was superb in the first half. The performance in the opening half was as good as we've played all season."
Playing their final home game of the season in cold and wet conditions, Laurier gave their fans something to cheer about just four minutes in when Brown converted a rebound opportunity off a Maheu shot to get the Hawks on the board. Just five minutes later, Krista Cellucci
of Mississauga, Ont., chipped a shot over the Guelph keeper to make it 2-0 before the game was 10 minutes old.
Laurier continued to convert their opportunities as Brown completed her hat-trick with goals in the 17th and 40th minutes before Maheu scored a highlight reel goal from the top of the box, curling it past Guelph keeper Alexandra King of Ottawa, to give Laurier a 5-0 lead at the half.
The second half saw many of the Hawks starters given a break, allowing the Gryphons to get their legs. After a couple of failed chances, Guelph broke Laurier keeper Katrina Ward
's (Surrey, B.C.) shutout in the 90th minute when Katie Casucci of Niagara Falls, Ont., just got the ball over the line. However, the breakthough was too late to make a difference as the Hawks advanced with their largest margin of victory in a playoff game since the 1995 CIAU Semifinal against Carleton.
"I was pretty nervous coming into this game," commented Maheu on her play. "We had a lot to live up, especially after coming first in the season. I'm just really glad that we finished all those shots and Emily was there to finish to finish my rebounds."
The Hawks will now take the week to prepare for their OUA Semifinal matchup next weekend at the OUA Final Four tournament. Laurier will once again faceoff against their rivals, the No. 7 Queen's Gaels, in one of two games on Saturday afternoon. No. 1 Ottawa will face McMaster in the other semifinal game. Stay tuned to www.laurierathletics.com all week for up-to-date information regarding the Final Four tournament.
NOTES: Brown's hat-trick gives her 18 goals this year during the regular season and playoffs...the Hawks and Gaels meet for the fourth straight season in the OUA Final Four with the last two coming in the gold medal match