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Women breeze to 2-0 win over Carleton

Gaels' winger Riley Filion holds off a Carleton Ravens defender during her team's 2-0 win on Saturday.
Gaels' winger Riley Filion holds off a Carleton Ravens defender during her team's 2-0 win on Saturday.

Inclement weather was the women’s soccer team’s toughest opponent in the Gaels’ 2-0 win over the Carleton Ravens at Richardson Stadium on Saturday.

“It was a miserable day with miserable conditions,” head coach Dave McDowell said. “[The team] did a good job of handling the wind in the second half.”

The Gaels coasted to victory in the second half after two first-half goals in the early minutes of the game. Captain Kelli Chamberlain scored her fifth goal of the season in the 11th minute and defender Mikyla Kay added a second in the 34th, giving the Gaels a 2-0 lead at the break.

The win over the Ravens was important for the team after a tie against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues last weekend ended the team’s six-game winning streak last weekend. The victory keeps the team in first-place in the OUA East.

McDowell said the disappointment against the Varsity Blues had a positive effect.

“It was a good reminder for the girls,” McDowell said. “If you go through a season where you don’t get those wake up calls, maybe you get them in the playoffs.”

Saturday marked defender Brienna Shaw’s second game back from injury that saw her miss the first eight games of the regular season. Shaw separated a shoulder and fractured a rib at the FISU Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China this summer.

Shaw’s return means she’ll be in the lineup for her team’s game against the second-place Ottawa Gee-Gees on Wednesday. The Gaels beat the rival Gee-Gees 1-0 last month in Kingston — their first win against the Ottawa team since 2009. The 8-2-1 Gee-Gees trail the 8-0-1 Gaels by three points in the OUA East.

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