VANCOUVER (November 13, 2015) – The season came to an end for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s soccer team as they lost 2-0 to the Cape Breton Capers in the CIS Consolation Semifinals at Thunderbirds Stadium.
The Hawks, who were playing without injured forwards Emily Brown of Waterloo, Ont., Nicole Lyon of Kitchener, Ont., and Maxine Murchie of Kitchener, Ont., struggled to finish their offensive opportunities in the match as they were eliminated from the CIS Championship.
“That’s a tough game to play,” said head coach BARRY MACLEAN following the match. “It’s tough to play in a game after what you went through yesterday. But they’re in the same boat as us. I actually thought the first half we were the better team and then we gave up a goal right before half. Second half, I just don’t think we were mentally there.”
With the winner advancing to the fifth place match, the Hawks came out the stronger of the two teams and had numerous chances to take the lead early in the opening 25 minutes. The best opportunities came off the boots of Julie Karn of Kitchener, Ont., and Tierney Dunham of Waterdown, Ont., but each time they were denied by Capers keeper Lysianne Trottier of Barrie, Ont.
Despite Laurier dominating the majority of scoring chances in the first half, it was the Capers who opened the scoring in the 45th minute. Off a corner kick, defender Kara MacKinnon of Sydney, N.S., got her head on the cross and put it past Hawks starting keeper Ashley Almedia of Burlington, Ont., to give Cape Breton a 1-0 lead at the break.
Coming out of the half, the Hawks looked to even the match but again, it was Cape Breton capitalizing on their opportunities. In the 61st minute, a cross into Laurier’s box found the foot of Capers forward Keona Simmonds of Brampton, Ont., who redirected the ball up and over Hawks substitute keeper Stacey Simmons of Woodstock, Ont., to give Cape Breton a 2-0 advantage.
Moments later, Laurier had a great chance to pull the deficit back to just one as forward Abbey Zamec of London, Ont., cut a path through the Capers defence but her shot was pushed up and over the bar by Trottier.
That opportunity would be the closest Laurier would come to getting back into the match as the Hawks saw their CIS Championship run end in the consolation semifinals for the fourth straight appearance.
For the Hawks, the game ends the careers of a number of players, including Brown, Suzanne Boroumand of Kitchener, Ont., Sarah Farano of Oakville, Ont., Shannon Fraser of Toronto, Meena Sharif of Pickering, Ont., Simmons and Zamec.
“We’ve got a great group,” said MacLean as his graduating seniors. “Emily Brown finishes as the leading scorer in OUA history, Sarah Farano has been an unherald leader, pretty much the whole time she’s been here. Shannon Fraser never gets any credit but she’s been there every practice for four years, never missed a practice, never missed a situation.”
“Abbey really came into her own this year,” continued MacLean. “Stacey got to play a little bit at the end. Meena and Shannon have been integral parts of the team without playing many minutes. They’ve all been great ambassadors for the program.”
NOTES: Final shots in the match were 14-13 in favour of the Capers while shots on goal also favoured Cape Breton 9-5…Laurier’s all-time record at the CIS Championship fell to 14-17