Victoria Defeat Top-Ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees in Third Place Game of CIS Nats
The Canadian Interuniversity Sport women’s soccer championship in Victoria, British Columbia did not have the results that the Ottawa Gee-Gees anticipated. While the Queen’s Golden Gaels and Trinity Western Spartans met in the CIS National Championship, the No. 1-ranked Gee-Gees licked their wounds in the third place game.
Heading into the semifinal contest, the Gee-Gees were confident. Facing the two-time defending national champion Queen’s Golden Gaels, the undefeated Gee-Gees had the Chantal Navert Memorial Award winner (given to the best player in CIS women’s soccer), Gillian Baggott.
The No. 1-ranked Gee-Gees allowed only one goal in the regular season. In the semis, the squad found themselves on the end of a 4-1 upset. Baggott scored on Queen’s goalkeeper Madison Tyrell off a free kick from 30 meters to give the Gee-Gees a 1-0 lead. From there, the Golden Gaels scored four unanswered goals. Ottawa native Breanna Burton logged the game-winning goal. She would go on to score two goals in the contest.
The University of Victoria Vikes were the host school and did not want to disappoint the hometown crowd. With Ottawa playing their typical stout defensive style, the bronze-medal game went to penalty kicks. Gillian Baggott nearly scored at the 75th minute of a deadlocked contest. She had a header off a pass from Vanessa MacMillan, but it went wide.
At the 87th minute of the contest, Victoria made things interesting. A Sarah Douglas cross resulted in a header by Nathalie Scharf going wide over the Gee-Gees' net. The Vikes continued to add the pressure, but goalkeeper Cynthia Leblanc showed great poise for the Gee-Gees.
With the bronze medal being decided by penalty kicks (the first time both teams went to penalty kicks in the CIS National Tournament), Victoria outshot the top-ranked Gee-Gees by a 4-1 score. Emma Greig earned the first score during penalty kicks. Lindsay Hoetzel's score would stand as the game winner. After Jackie Harrison made it 3-0 for the beleagured Ottawa squad, the Gee-Gees' Chelsea Lanos scored on Stephanie Parker to give the Gee-Gees a chance. Despite Ottawa's attempt, Jaclyn Sawicki scored to clinch the bronze medal for the Vikes.
Forward Christine Hardie of Ottawa led all shooters in the contest with six shots. Natalie Scharf and Tessa Margetts were the leading shooters for Victoria. Overall, Victoria held the advantage in shots by an astounding 22-14 margin. The only penalty of the game was a yellow card to Ottawa's Christine Hardie at 69:10.
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