The No. 6 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, the second seed in the OUA West division, will be looking to advance to their ninth consecutive OUA Final Four tournament on Sunday when they host the fifth-seeded Windsor Lancers in the OUA Quarter-finals at University Stadium.
- fans are encouraged to buy their tickets ahead of Sunday’s game in order to take advantage of pricing discounts
- tickets purchased online at tickets.laurierathletics.com, or at the Hawk Desk or U-Desk, ahead of the game will be $2 for student and $5 for adults
-pricing on game day jumps to $5 for students and $10 for adults
Laurier won the season series with a 1-0-1 record against the Lancers. The Hawks earned a 3-2 victory over Windsor on the road back in September thanks to a pair of goals from Emily Brown of Waterloo, Ont., while the two teams played to a 0-0 draw two weeks ago in Waterloo.
NEED TO KNOW
- the Golden Hawks are riding a three-game winning streak, and four-game unbeaten streak, as they head into the playoffs
- Laurier clinched a playoff bye on the final weekend of the season thanks to a 1-0 win over Guelph and a 4-2 win over Brock
- Windsor advanced to the OUA Quarter-finals thanks to a 2-1 extra time victory over the McMaster Marauders on Wednesday night
- Sunday’s game marks the first time the two teams have met in the playoffs since the OUA switched to a two-division format back in 2006
MEET THE TEAMS
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (12-2-2) - No. 6 in Canada
The 2015 season was another great one for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks. For the third time in school history, the purple and gold won 12 games and they finished just one point behind their all-time single season record of 39, which they set last season when they went 12-1-3 during the regular season. Head Coach BARRY MACLEAN, coaching the women’s program for the 20th season, oversaw the Hawks win their 200th game in school history, which came in the final home game of the regular season when Laurier defeated Guelph 1-0.
This year’s edition of the purple and gold has been all about offence. The team scored the second most goals in the OUA in 2015 as they netted 60 over the course of 16 games. Once again, forward Emily Brown of Waterloo, Ont., playing in her fifth and final season, led the way for the Hawks but she had plenty of help in the goal scoring department. Her 13 goals were matched by teammate Nicole Lyon of Kitchener, Ont., while four other players scored at least five goals this year.
Defensively, the Hawks have been up-and-down this season as they allowed nearly a goal per game over the course of the year. However, heading into the playoffs, Laurier is playing some of their best defensive soccer of the season, allowing just two goals in their last four games, including posting three shutouts during that stretch.
Rookie keeper Ashley Almeida of Burlington, Ont., has been at the forefront of that success as she recorded six shutouts in her first season and won nine games.
Heading into this matchup against the Lancers, Laurier will undoubtedly look to overwhelm the Lancers defence with their variety of attacking options while relying on a strong defensive core to limit the opportunities of their opponents who make their first appearance in the OUA Quarter-finals since 2011.
Windsor Lancers (6-9-1)
The Lancers advanced to the quarter-finals thanks to a 2-1 extra time win on the road over the McMaster Marauders. The result was a great one for a team that hasn’t advanced this far in the OUA postseason in four years.
Prior to their win over the Marauders, the Lancers had won only once against a team that qualified for the playoffs this year and that was a 1-0 decision over the Guelph Gryphons, a team who finished below them in the standings.
Much of Windsor’s success this season has stemmed from the play of second year forward Cassie Chretien of Tecumseh, Ont. The diminutive attacked scored six goals for her squad this year during the regular season and scored both of the Lancers’ goals in their playoff victory.
Chretien will have help up front in the form of Becca Fuerth of Woodslee, Ont., who also found the back of the net six times in 2015.
In goal, Krystin Lawrence of Tecumseh, Ont., is expected to get the start after getting the call in 14 of the team’s 16 games this season, as well as their playoff victory.