Laurier: 0 Sherbrooke - CIS Consolation Semifinal: 1
VICTORIA (November 9, 2012) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's soccer team had their season come to an end on Friday afternoon as they lost 1-0 to the Sherbrooke Vert et Or in the CIS Consolation Semifinals at Centennial Stadium.
After a slow start in which they fell behind in the 50th minute, the Hawks brought their game to another level following the Sherbrooke goal. However, they were never able to find the equalizer as they wound up tied for seventh at the national championship for the second consecutive season.
"I didn't think they competed well [today]," said head coach BARRY MACLEAN
after the game. "I don't know if it was layover from the game yesterday but in the first 55 minutes until we got scored on, I don't think we competed and I think there weren't enough players that played with the intensity and character that they needed to."
The Hawks were guilty of turning the ball over in the first half which led to a number of chances for the Vert et Or. Andreanne Gagne of St-Hyacinthe, Que., had the best chances to open the scoring as she hit the crossbar on back-to-back chances in the opening 20 minutes of the game.
Laurier's best chance of the opening half came in the 26th minute when Julie Maheu
's (Oakville, Ont.) free kick found Suzanne Boroumand
of Kitchener, Ont., in the box but her header was turned aside by Sherbrooke keeper Elena Waldispuehl of Berne, Switzerland.
The Vert et Or opened the scoring just minutes into the second half when Anne Gauthier-Dussureault of Sherbrooke, Que., gathered a loose ball in the box and beat Laurier keeper Katrina Ward
of Surrey, B.C., to make it 1-0.
Following the goal, the Hawks dominated possession as well as scoring opportunities for the rest of the game. Shelby Fallis
of Pickering, Ont., and Emily Brown
of Waterloo, Ont., had great chances to even the score but each time, they were denied by Waldispuehl.
With time winding down, Katie Bishop
of Surrey, B.C., had Laurier's final chance to tie the match but her shot sailed high and the Vert et Or captured their first even victory at the CIS Championship.
For the Hawks, the loss ends the career of four players, including defenders Jessica Carter
and Kelsey Abbott
, both of Waterloo, Ont., as well as forwards Krista Cellucci
of Mississauga, Ont., and Erin Grand
of Toronto. However, despite the loss of some key pieces, MacLean believes the Hawks will be able to perform at the same level or better next year.
"We're going to be very strong next year. We've got [Cassandra] Mensah coming back from injury, weve got some great recruits coming in and the younger girls have had a great experience of coming here [to the CIS Championship]."
NOTES: Friday's game was the first time Laurier and Sherbrooke have faced each other at the CIS Championship...the Hawks finish tied for seventh with the Cape Breton Capers who lost earlier in the day 1-0 to the Dalhousie Tigers...Ward finished the game with three saves for the Hawks while Waldispuehl had five for Sherbrooke