Ottawa matched

Injured players return in draw with Gee-Gees

Midfielder Laura Callender battles for the ball against Trent.
Midfielder Laura Callender battles for the ball against Trent.

A draw felt like a win for the Gaels over the weekend.

Queen’s managed to keep pace with the nationally top-ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees on Friday night, tying 0-0.

The rematch came six weeks after Queen’s conceded a 3-0 loss to Ottawa at home.

The Gee-Gees have yet to lose, and this was only their second draw this season. They outshot the Gaels 8-3, but Madison Tyrell stopped all eight shots to preserve the shutout.

Even without the three points, head coach Dave McDowell was pleased with his team’s performance.

“It was a battle, that’s for sure, and I thought we did really well,” he said.

It’s been a common sentiment for the season — especially considering the team’s health.

“The number of injuries we have had are more than we have ever experienced here,” McDowell said. “I think they’ve done great.”

Although injuries have plagued the Gaels all season, captain Chantal McFetridge made her way back into the lineup for the first time in a month.

CIS tournament all-star Melissa Jung made her first appearance all year.

McFetridge was also pleased with the tie and believes the team’s success will continue.

“We know what it takes to make a deep playoff run. It will just be a matter of bringing it all together when the time comes,” McFetridge said. “We’re all very positive and excited for it to begin.”

The Gaels finished the weekend with a blowout 6-0 win over the Trent Excalibur on Sunday. This game may have been their best offensive performance of the year, as the Gaels outshot the Excalibur 33-5.

First-year striker Brittany Almeida continued to show her scoring prowess as she netted a hat-trick in the victory. Sabrina Carew and Rachel Burton split goalkeeping duties to earn the shutout.

The Gaels (11-2-3) enter the post-season as the second seed in the OUA East and earn a bye past the first round of the playoffs.

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