Laval defeats Hamilton FC with penalty kick

Visiting Laval scored a penalty kick goal late in the second half to double up the Hamilton FC Rage, 2-1, Sunday (June 17) in W-League action in the United Soccer League.

HFC had many solid chances through the first half and at the 10 minute mark it looked as though the Rage had taken an early lead putting the ball into the net. But the play was deemed offside and the goal was disallowed.

Then Christabel Oduro, who made it to the net with some fancy moves, was stopped by the Laval keeper while another shot at 39 minutes bounced off the crossbar.

After a scoreless first half, the Cometes got on the score sheet with a solid goal at 54 minutes. Hamilton had an answer just minutes later when Oduro’s beautiful cross at 58 minutes was converted by Christina Thornton to tie the game.

Hamilton turned up the pressure on Laval but it would be the Cometes who got the advantage. Laval broke the tie with the winner in the 75th minute with a penalty kick goal.

HFC kept on the pressure and nearly tied the game on a great opportunity by Oduro in the 89th minute, but Laval held on to take the match.

Oduro and Chiara Greco had two shots apiece in the game.

Diamond Simpson, Shanika Thomas, and Thornton also registered a shot each in the game. Laval had the overall edge in shots over Hamilton, 11-7. Genevieve Richard was Hamilton’s goalie.

With the loss – and only the second game in which the Rage has given up a goal – the team stands with a 3-2-1 record and is in fourth place in the W-League’s Central Division.

Hamilton will play the next three games on the road with two stops in Québec and one game in Ottawa before returning home July 8. HFC plays the Québec City Amiral Friday night. The team’s next home game takes place Sunday, July 8 at 1 p.m. from Ron Joyce Stadium.