Avalanche eye third with women’s soccer win, tie on weekend

The Hamilton Avalanche have moved to within one point of third place in the W-League after a win and a tie on the weekend.

Playing less than 24 hours after knotting Laval Comets 1-1 on Saturday night, the Avalanche blanked the Ottawa Fury 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.

The loss was Ottawa’s first this season after six games and knocked them out of first place in the women’s soccer league. The Fury had won 4-2 in Rochester on Saturday afternoon.

The Avalanche improved their record to 4-4-1 in the Eastern Conference’s Northern Division.

Heather MacDougall, who was on the bench, went into the game at the 67 minute mark and 17 minutes later gave the Avalanche what would be the wining goal. Chiara Greco had the assist.

Six minutes later MacDougall took a pass from Ashley Tirabassi and sealed the victory with her second goal. Strong defensive play, including goalkeeper Stacey Vanboxmeer who stopped the nine Ottawa shots, stymied the Fury.

On Saturday, just three minutes into the second half, Danya Barsalona walked around an outstretched

Marie-Pier Bilodeau to place the ball in the net, her second goal of the season. That 1-0 lead held until the 86 minute mark when Laval’s Virginie Jacques tied the game for the Northern Division’s second place team.

The Avalanche play their next two games on the road – July 1st in Vermont against the Voltage and July 8 in Rochester against the Rhino. They return to Brian Timmis Stadium on July 15 to face the Rhino. The Saturday game starts at 7 p.m.