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Women’s rugby shows strong play

THE GEE-GEES’ WOMEN varsity rugby head coach Jennifer Boyd was happy with the results of her team’s Sept. 21 game against the Montreal Carabins with a winning score of 20–3. The Gees played a well-fought game with great execution from the team’s forwards and strong defence.

“I thought our forwards really carried us today. Our scrums were very strong which gave us an edge and, defensively,” said Boyd, “we stole a lot of line-ups and a lot of scrums so that gave us a distinct advantage. A lot of things that we have been working on in practice came together today and I was happy to see that.”

Third-year human kinetics student Erin Van Gulik and fifth-year health sciences student Natasha Watcham-Roy have been key players in the Gee-Gees’ 4–0 perfect season.  Second-year health sciences student Simone Savary also earned player of the game for her performance on Saturday’s match.

First-year sociology student Melanie Blanchard said from the beginning of the season, the coach has been talking about the upcoming match against Concordia.

“The undefeated fight is against Concordia. So for first and second place, that will be a really intense game. [We’re] for sure going to stay focused and work really hard until we play them,” said Blanchard.

The Gee-Gees’ upcoming match will be against the Concordia Stingers on Sept. 27 at Matt Anthony field at 7 p.m. The Stingers are also undefeated.

Women’s soccer

Rounding up east division

Marc Jan | Fulcrum Staff

FIFTH-YEAR MIDFIELDER Corina Jarrett scored the winning goal in the final minute of the women’s soccer game against Laurentian University on Sept. 22.  The game-clenching goal ended the game with a 1–0 victory and propelled the U of O’s varsity soccer team to the top of the Ontario University Athletics’ (OUA) east league with a 6–0–2 record.

Jarrett’s fifth goal of the season leaves her tied for fifth place in OUA rankings in terms of goals scored, behind Gees’ striker Krista Draycott who is in a three-way tie for second place. The Gee-Gees’ other striker, Pilar Khoury, leads the boards with a two-point stretch, sitting at eight goals overall.

Third-year goalkeeper Cynthia Leblanc had her hands full throughout the game with an exceptional eight blocks and secured the team’s fifth victory of the season without having any goals scored against.

Keeping up that winning streak

The GEE-GEES’ WOMEN soccer team handled the soccer ball very well in the first half of their game in North Bay against the Nipissing Lakers Sept. 21, leading 1–0 at the half. Second-year striker Vanessa MacMillan landed the first goal of the game at the 33-minute mark. As the number one team in the league, the Gee-Gees did not disappoint in the second half.

Three minutes into the second half, first-year midfielder Corina Jarret and third-year striker Pilar Khoury each landed a goal, bringing the score to 3–0.  Khoury scored another goal, bringing her seasonal total up to eight and making her the current top-scoring Ontario University Athletics player.

The Lakers’ first-year midfielder Shannon Russell finally scored their first and only goal of the game at the 68-minute mark in the second half against second-year goalkeeper Alexandra Girouard. The final score was 7–1.

Men’s football blown away by Gaels

THE GEE-GEES WERE rained upon at the Lees Avenue field on Sept. 21 during their game against the undefeated Queen’s Gaels.  Unlike their first home game, the Gees played a strong defensive match but lost 36–21 to the Gaels in the end.

The Gee-Gees’ third loss of the season leaves them at 2–3, while the Gaels move forward in the season with a flawless 4–0.  Gee-Gees head coach Jamie Barresi said it wasn’t a complete loss citing the players’ improved ability in getting to the ball.

And the stats added up this game; the defensive line accrued four sacks on Gaels’ quarterback Billy McPhee as well as three field goal blocks. But a good defence can’t win a game on its own, which is something that Gees’ quarterback Aaron Colbon expressed.

Gees’ fifth-year receiver Maxime Mireault had an exceptional game earning his team two touchdowns, but it was too little too late after the Gaels’ 13-point response in the fourth quarter.

The Gee-Gees will play their next game at York University on Sept. 28 at 1 p.m.