Laurier: 1 Toronto: 2
TORONTO (November 8, 2013) - Claudia Piazza of Brampton, Ont., scored in the 86th minute to give the host Toronto Varsity Blues a 2-1 victory over the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's soccer team in the CIS Consolation Semifinal at Varsity Stadium on Friday evening.
The loss ends the Golden Hawks season for the third consecutive year in the consolation semifinal as Toronto advances to the fifth place game on Sunday morning against the Laval Rouge et Or.
"I think that they all came out and competed and they did very well," said head coach BARRY MACLEAN
following the game. "We're a pretty banged up team and the roster has really shrunk down to a few players. Even from the last game, Jess Craig and Suzanne Boroumand
weren't available today. It was tough, but they've had a great season."
Toronto, who posted just their second win in team history against the Hawks, opened the scoring thanks to Diana Esteireiro of Etobicoke, Ont. Esteireiro scored off a free kick in the 14th minute to give the hosts a 1-0 advantage.
Laurier's lone goal in the contest came from forward Julie Maheu
of Oakville, Ont., who evened the contest at one in the 33rd minute with a beautiful strike from 25 yards out.
Despite the loss, the Hawks season can be viewed as a great success as a young team, featuring 17 players in their first or second year of eligibility, won the programs second OUA Championship in the last four years and also qualified for the national championship for the fourth consecutive season.
"It's a little disheartening to finish on this note, but this season probably exceeded expectations," added MacLean on the season as a whole. "I thought that they played fantastic as a group. Our young players came to the forefront. We had a lot of great performances and as a team we were superb."
Looking ahead to 2014, Coach MacLean's squad loses just one player from the team, keeper Katrina Ward
of Surrey, B.C., who will graduate following the 2013-14 season. With a large core returning next year, the experience gained at the CIS Championship will be invaluable for the squad in years to come.
NOTES: This was the 10th meeting all-time between Laurier and Toronto and the first since 2003...the Golden Hawks still lead the all-time series with seven wins, two losses and one draw...Maheu was named player of the game for the second time in two contests