Laurier: 0 Trinity Western - Quarter-final: 3
TORONTO (November 7, 2013) - For the third consecutive year, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's soccer team lost their opening game at the CIS Championship as they fell 3-0 to the Trinity Western Spartans at Varsity Stadium on Thursday evening.
A pair of goals from Krista Gommeringer of Calgary, and an own goal from the Hawks proved to be the difference in the game as Laurier lost for the fourth time to the Spartans at the national championship.
"The score is not a reflection of the game at all," commented Head Coach BARRY MACLEAN
following the loss. "On balance of play, we were as good as they were throughout the game. We had a couple of great chances. On balance, I thought we were superb."
"Our coach said we played well, but at the same time, just thinking about the outcome, its just really disappointing," added midfielder Julie Maheu
of Oakville, Ont., who was named Laurier's player of the game. "We made a couple mistakes. We just came out of the OUA's and everyone's pumped and this is what happens. I'm still proud of my team; we fought to the end, which was great. It's just disappointing."
Battling the Spartans for the third consecutive season, it was Trinity Western who came out strong in this one. Two early chances on goal were denied by Laurier keeper Katrina Ward
of Surrey, B.C., and seemed to settle the Hawks into the game.
Laurier nearly opened the scoring just before the 20-minute mark when the ball fell to winger Kiara Reyes
of Kitchener, Ont., at the top of the 18-yard box but her shot sailed past the far post.
Just minutes before the half, the Spartans caught a lucky break when a corner kick deflected off a Laurier defender in front and trickled over the line to give Trinity Western a 1-0 lead going into the half.
Despite the deficit, the Hawks did not let up in the second half. 10 minutes in, defender Sarah Farano
of Oakville, Ont., sent a dangerous ball into the box and nearly found a wide-open Emily Brown
of Waterloo, Ont., but Spartans keeper Rachel Bedek of London, Ont., gathered the ball out of harms way.
15 minutes later, the Spartans would increase their lead to two as a cross eluded Ward and directed right onto the head of Gommeringer who made no mistake from six yards out.
Following the goal, Laurier began pushing more players forward and again, nearly found a goal when Brown blasted a shot from the top of the box but it found nothing but the woodwork and remained out.
Trinity Western would seal the victory late when Gommeringer beat an exposed Laurier backline and found the net for her second of the game in the 86th minute.
Laurier will now play in the consolation semifinal Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. The Hawks will take on the loser of the fourth quarter-final which features the Toronto Varsity Blues and the Cape Breton Capers.
"We still have a couple games and hopefully well win those two," said Maheu on the Hawks upcoming game. "That's the hope."