Stalemate for women’s soccer

Gaels only manage scoreless draw with Varsity Blues at Richardson

Queen’s midfielder Cathleen Brennan tries to take advantage of Toronto goalkeeper Mary-Anne Barnes against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues during the Gaels’ 0-0 draw at Richardson Stadium on Sunday. For full game story, visit us on the web at queensjournal.ca and click on “Sports”.
Queen’s midfielder Cathleen Brennan tries to take advantage of Toronto goalkeeper Mary-Anne Barnes against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues during the Gaels’ 0-0 draw at Richardson Stadium on Sunday. For full game story, visit us on the web at queensjournal.ca and click on “Sports”.
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A week of practice made all the difference on Sunday for the women’s soccer team. After dropping a 3-1 decision at the University of Toronto Varsity Blues last weekend, the Gaels redeemed themselves on Sunday, holding the Blues to a 0-0 draw at Richardson Stadium.

Both teams generated scoring opportunities early, with third-year striker Kelli Chamberlain attempting a high chip shot over Toronto keeper Mary Anne Barnes in the sixth minute of play. The flow of the game was choppy for the remainder of the half with both teams vying for offensive control.

“It was one of those games that didn’t have much flow to it,” Gaels’ head coach Dave McDowell said. “Considering all the knocks and bumps, and the people we slotted in to some places [to accommodate the injuries], I think we did really well.”

The first 10 minutes of the second half saw three consecutive scoring opportunities for the Gaels. The Blues offered up a number of scoring attempts late in game to keep Queen’s keeper Chantel Marson on her toes.

Along with great efforts from defender Brienna Shaw and mild fielder Chantal McFetridge, McDowell said he was pleased with Marson’s play.

“I thought [Marson] did really well. Her distribution for the most part was pretty good,” he said. “[Her] communication is improving and I think her composure and confidence are as well.”

Marson finished the game with seven saves.

“I think we really buckled down,” she said. “As a back I just told all the defenders to stay focused and finish strong. I think we did a good job together clearing the ball out and just playing safe for the last five [minutes]. We did a good job of weathering the storm.”

Marson said she’s looking forward to the next few games and how the team will develop.

“Although we’re young, we’re a very talented group. We’ve started to find our rhythm.”

The Gaels are next scheduled to host the Laurentian Lady Vees (3-1-0) on Sunday at noon.

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