The McMaster women’s soccer team went into Sunday’s (Nov. 4) Ontario University Athletics bronze medal match with a spot at the national tournament at stake, and dropped a 2-1 decision to the Queen’s Gaels in a match that went to penalty kicks.
McMaster had taken the lead in the 37th minute when a Marauder shot deflected off a Gael defender past the Queen’s keeper to make it 1-0. The Marauders then went into a defensive mode frustrating the Queen’s attackers and keeping things clear in front of keeper Brittany Duffey.
With the Gaels desperate for the equalizer, they finally broke through in the 87th minute, off a corner kick that bounced around in the box, and found the foot of Queen’s player Riley Filion who scored. Duffey had no chance on the goal, as the ball had deflected off the post before bouncing to Filion.
With the score tied after full time, the teams played a 30-minute overtime period that settled nothing and the teams went to penalty kicks.
Both keepers stood tall making some great saves and after five shooters, each team had scored three goals.
Still tied, the shootout continued until the eighth Gael to shoot finally beat Duffey to give Queen’s the lead. McMaster had a final chance to tie things up and extend the shootout, but Queen’s keeper Madison Tyrell turned aside the last Mac shot to give her team the 4-3 advantage and the victory.
Queen’s advances to next week’s Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championship in Victoria with a chance to defend the national title it won in 2011.