The McMaster Marauder women’s soccer team has advanced to the Ontario University Athletics Final Four after defeating the Windsor Lancers, 1-0, in quarterfinal action at Ron Joyce Stadium on Saturday (Oct. 30).
The Marauders now travel to Kingston for the quartet showdown Nov. 6-7. They are set to take on the No. 3 Queen’s Gaels (14-2) in the semi-final on Nov. 6.
Saturday’s first half was a hard fought battle, which saw the Marauders and Lancers equally sharing possession.
The second half brought a string of close chances for the Marauders. In the 47th minute Hayley Marler (Ancaster) managed to turn her defender in the box, and hammer a shot just over the cross bar. Minutes later a scuffle in the Windsor penalty area nearly resulted in the ball trickling over the goal line.
McMaster’s hard-earned break finally came in the 72nd minute when Carley Luongo (Ancaster) took a free kick from 30 yards out and found the head of second-year striker Tara Dawdy (Oakville). Dawdy flicked it past Windsor keeper Danielle St. Germain (Sarnia), and into the net. The goal couldn’t have been better timed as minutes earlier Dawdy had sent her penalty shot just wide of Windsor’s net.
The remaining 18 minutes were a back and forth effort between teams, however, Dawdy’s goal proved to be the game winner, and when the final whistle blew the score remained 1-0 McMaster. Keeper Jocelyn Wilkins was strong in net for the Marauders, recording her fourth shutout of the season.