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Women’s soccer draws in nation’s capital

They earned a point, but the Gaels missed an opportunity to climb the OUA East standings last night.

Queen’s tied the Carleton Ravens 2-2 in Ottawa, keeping them in fourth place in the division with four regular season games remaining.

With 22 points, they’re still three back of third-place Carleton, though the Gaels have a game in hand.

Leapfrogging Carleton would likely set up a first-round playoff matchup with the sixth-place Ryerson Rams, who have nine less points than the fifth-place Laurentian Voyageurs.

Still, jumping ahead became a tougher proposition after yesterday’s draw, which was marked by an early Carleton goal and a late-game Ravens equalizer.

In between, fifth-year midfielder Riley Filion and rookie striker Tara Bartram netted for the Gaels. Filion now leads the club with six goals in eight appearances.

The two goals against were the most Queen’s has conceded in any game this season, aside from a 2-1 loss to the Toronto Varsity Blues on Sept. 22.

The Gaels are now winless in two games, after registering two straight 8-0 victories over the Trent Excalibur and RMC Paladins. Queen’s lost 1-0 to the first-place Ottawa Gee-Gees last Saturday.

Men’s soccer loses in nation’s capital

Queen’s couldn’t capitalize with a first-round playoff bye essentially on the line.

Over a month after dropping their season opener to the Carleton Ravens, the Gaels fell by an even wider margin in their road rematch. Carleton rode two first-half goals by midfielder Joey Kewin to a 4-1 win.

Last night’s loss came at an inopportune time for fourth-place Queen’s, who could have drawn within three points of Carleton, with two less games played.

Instead, they’re now nine points back, and with just four regular season games left, the Gaels are facing an early playoff match rather than a bye to the OUA quarterfinals.

After Kewin’s pair gave Carleton the halftime lead, the Ravens went up further in the 67th minute, courtesy of striker Andrew Latty’s eighth tally of the campaign.

Gaels captain Joe Zupo continued his recent scoring binge, heading home his second goal in as many games in the 90th minute.

Though that broke the clean sheet, Carleton converted a counterattack in stoppage time to close out the scoring.

Since beating Carleton 4-0 last September, the Gaels have dropped three straight to the Ravens, including a 2-0 loss in this year’s season opener.

— Nick Faris

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