The Queen’s Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams left Richardson Stadium with differing emotions following their games against the Carleton University Ravens on the evening of Sept. 8.
Gaels Women’s Soccer beat Ravens 6-0
Less than two minutes after the starting whistle, third-year forward Mattson Strickler scored the first goal of the game.
Though the game was only beginning, it was clear Strickler was on her A game. Around the six-minute mark, she made a shot on net only to be stopped by Carleton’s goalie, third-year Chloe Lachance-Soula.
“I had a pretty good goal-scoring streak last season, I kind of want to maintain that,” Strickler said in a post-game interview with The Journal.
Despite being a young team with a higher number of rookies, Queen’s displayed admirable technique.
“We’ve been working together really well and it’s starting to come together really nicely,” Strickler said.
Ten minutes into the game, Strickler picked up an assist for second-year midfielder, Seema Sakran’s goal.
The Ravens made some good takeaways during the first half, but the Gaels rallied back and didn’t allow any shots to reach fourth-year goalkeeper, Kirstin Tynan throughout the first half of the game.
“We’ve been very offensively dominant,” Tynan said. “I think a big thing is our back line. Our four defenders, specifically Alicia Sutcliffe, Sophie Miranda, Clare Sun, and Madinah Assaf have been unbelievable—from the first game, unstoppable. The clean sheet is as much theirs as it is mine. It’s a team effort.”
Tynan stopped the first and only shot of the game for Carleton from second-year forward Chloe Doiron about 15 minutes into the second half.
Just under 10 minutes after Carleton’s first shot, third-year fullback, Sophie Miranda scored a goal on a penalty kick, putting the Gaels up 3-0.
About 10 minutes following that goal, third-year midfielder, Devon Eisen made her first career goal increasing the score to 4-0.
“It felt amazing,” Eisen told The Journal after the game. “Being around my best friends just made it even better.”
With less than four minutes left, back-to-back goals from first-year Leda Naihin and Strickler finalized the Gaels score at 6-0.
“I’m really proud of myself, proud of the team today,” Eisen said. “It was a great team win, so [I’m] looking forward to the rest of the season.”
Gaels Men’s Soccer lose 2-1 to Ravens
Right out the gate, Carleton’s Men’s team looked like a stronger team playing against the Gaels who were looking for their first win of the season.
The fans were doing their best to support the Gaels, often heckling the Ravens. The Queen’s fifth-year goalkeeper, Manuel Dirube was very vocal, chanting motivating words to his teammates.
Queen’s prevented shots on net, and with less than three minutes remaining in the first half, second-year forward Pablo Hempelmann-Perez scored the first goal of the game, ensuring the Gaels took the lead.
At the start of the second half, the Gaels started to falter.
“There were definitely a lot of good moments for our guys,” Head Coach Christian Hoefler told The Journal. “I thought we came out stronger in the second half.”
Less than 10 minutes into the second half, the Carleton Ravens forward Eric Yoseke tied the game 1-1. Both teams played a back-and-forth game until the last minute, where Carleton’s forward Anthony Domanico scored the Ravens’ second goal.
“The game’s never done until the final whistle,” Hoefler said
After the game, The Journal spoke to Dirube on his thoughts after the loss.
“It’s tough to come back [from] a loss, especially when you lose in the 90-whatever minute it was,” he said. “It’s a tough feeling and it burns inside, at the end of night, the season’s not over.”
The Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams will both face off against the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks in Oshawa this Friday.
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