The Ottawa Gee-Gees knocked the McMaster Marauders out of Gold medal contention with a 1-0 win in Ontario University Athletics women’s soccer semi-final action on Saturday (Nov. 3).
The defeat sends Mac into the bronze medal contest against Queen’s.
The victory for Ottawa sends the Gee-Gees into the Gold medal showdown against Wilfrid Laurier and it punches the garnet and grey’s ticket to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport National Championships next weekend in Victoria, B.C.
It took the host Gee-Gees longer than usual to establish a rhythm in their game, forcing their typically calm and collected passing game early on. The last line of defense was solid once again for the Gee-Gees, limiting the Marauder attack to one shot on goal all game.
Both teams struggled to establish any kind of threatening attack in the opening half, with the majority of play taking place in the midfield. Neither team had a clear possession advantage and only three shots in total made the net in the entire half, all outside strikes by the Gee-Gees.
The half time break, though, clearly ignited the Gee-Gees, who stormed out of the gate with an offensive flare that the home crowd is used to seeing. Finally, at the 68 minute mark, first year striker Kayla Jones made a pinpoint cross to Krista Draycott who made no mistake on the open net tap in.
The Gee-Gees did not let up in their attack, relentlessly pressuring the Marauder net. Despite the offence, the Ottawa women could score no more as Marauder goaltender Brittany Duffey stopped many close chances to keep the Maroon and Grey in the game.
McMaster managed to generate a point blank scoring opportunity in extra time, their first shot of the game. But Gee-Gees goaltender Cynthia Leblanc shut the door for the shutout.