Women’s soccer advances to CIS semifinals

Men lose bronze medal to Brock

The women’s soccer team earned a berth in the national championships with their provincial semifinal win over the Western Mustangs last Saturday. Striker Eilish McConville led the Gaels to a 3-0 victory with her third hat trick of the season.

On Sunday, the third-ranked Gaels faced the seventh-ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees in the championship game.

Early in the game, Ottawa created most of the chances, but the Queen’s defence, anchored by Andrea Pigozzo, Katie Dalziel and Ali Skinner, made several excellent plays to stifle the Gee-Gees’ attacks.

Gaels’ goalkeeper Katie McKenna came up with several crucial saves. The Gaels also ran up against solid defending and goalkeeping from Ottawa.

The lone goal of the game came from Gee-Gees’ defender Laurel Fougere.

“I would say that [the championship game] was the complete opposite of the game on Saturday,” head coach Dave McDowell said.

Queen’s traveled to Victoria, B.C., to play the Cape Breton Capers in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport quarter-finals today.

The Gaels advanced to the semifinals with a 2-1 win over the Capers, who were the Atlantic conference champions.

Queen’s started slowly, hitting the post or the crossbar three times in the first 45 minutes. The Capers took a 1-0 lead in the first two minutes and held it until the 62nd minute when Renee MacLellan scored off a McConville cross.

Katie Dalziel scored the game winner with less than 10 minutes left to play

The team will play York in the semifinals tomorrow afternoon.

The sixth-ranked men’s team battled hard against the ninth-ranked Western Mustangs in their semifinal match on Saturday but fell 4-1 to the eventual OUA champions. Head coach Al McVicar, recently named this year’s East Division Coach of the Year, said the Gaels had some tough breaks.

They attempted to rebound in Sunday’s bronze medal match against with Brock but lost 1-0 to the Badgers. They did not advance to Nationals.

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