WATERLOO, Ont. (November 1, 2015) – Fifth year forward Emily Brown scored the game’s only goal as the No. 6 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's soccer team defeated the Windsor Lancers 1-0 in the OUA Quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon at University Stadium.
Brown, a native of Waterloo, Ont., who was playing in her final game at home in what has been a remarkable career, buried a rebound into an awning net in the 68th minute to send the Golden Hawks through to their ninth consecutive OUA Final Four tournament.
“It’s fitting that she scores because she is a natural goal scorer,” said head coach BARRY MACLEAN on his star striker. “There was a lot of good, positive things on that goal but Emily, obviously finishing, is good for us.”
“It was exhilarating,” added Brown. “It was a little bit nerve wracking because I knew it was just me, the ball and the net which is always a high-pressure situation. I was really close in and I just had to tap it in. It was just good position and good timing.”
Brown’s goal came thanks to some outstanding build-up play from fellow forward Nicole Lyon of Kitchener, Ont. After shrugging off a couple of defenders along the sidelines, Lyon worked into the middle of the field where she threaded a perfect pass through to midfielder Katie Bishop of Surrey, B.C. Bishop was denied on a strong shot by Lancers goalie Krystin Lawrence of Tecumseh, Ont., but the ball fell right to a wide-open Brown who made no mistake in hitting the open net.
For Brown, the goal is the sixth of her playoff career, adding to an impressive regular season total of 76 goals for the OUA modern-day scoring leader.
In a game that was void of many quality scoring opportunities, the Lancers did manage to control possession throughout the first half as they had the stiff wind that was blowing through University Stadium at their backs.
The best chance of the opening 45 minutes came off the foot of Windsor forward Cassie Chretien of Tecumseh, Ont. After some nice work from the Lancers in tight to the Hawks net, Chretien found herself with a chance to shoot from five yards out but Laurier keeper Ashley Almeida of Burlington, Ont., dove to her left to punch it clear.
With the wind at their backs in the second half, Laurier slowly took the game over and nearly took the lead in the 51st minute when Abbey Zamec of London, Ont., found Brown in the box but her spinning shot sailed just high and wide over the net.
Fifteen minutes later, Windsor would get their best opportunity of the second half when Jaclyn Faraci of LaSalle, Ont., burst in down the right wing but her shot found the outside of the post, keeping the game scoreless.
Only minutes later, Brown would not be denied when she got her second opportunity of the match and that goal would be all Laurier would need to move on to the OUA Semifinals.
Almeida, who was making her first career playoff start, picked up the clean sheet for the purple and gold as she finished the contest with two saves. Lawrence took the loss for Windsor, allowing the one goal on four shots.
Laurier will now face the OUA Final Four hosts, the Ottawa Gee-Gees, next Saturday, November 7, with a berth to the gold medal game and the national championships on the line. Game time is set for 2 p.m. at Matt Anthony Field in Ottawa and the match can be seen live on OUA.tv.