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Ravens no match for Gee-Gees on women’s soccer senior day

Photo: Marta Kierkus

The Gee-Gees women’s soccer team secured a vital win over their intercity rival Carleton on Oct. 17. The close 2-1 victory secured a playoff berth for the Gees, as they currently sit atop the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) East division with just three regular season games to go.

After the Saturday match the Gees hold an impressive 10-0-3 record. The match was of special significance for the team, as it celebrated four of its graduating seniors—Pilar Khoury, Julia Francki, Cynthia Leblanc, and Mélissa Pesant. In an emotional ceremony before the game, the four thanked their families, friends, coaches and supporters.

The game itself began slowly, as both teams tussled for possession. Ottawa hit the goalpost late in the first half and applied constant offensive pressure, but were unable to add to the score sheet as the first half ended tied 0-0.

A more lively start to the second half by the Gee-Gees saw Hannah Landry give the Gees the lead in the 60th minute. Khoury scored what ended up being the game-winning goal just four minutes later with a close range finish.

The Ravens managed to pull one back in the 88th minute and give Ottawa a scare, but the Gees held strong to see the win through.

“We were more relaxed than last time (against Carleton), we are better when we are confident and play with trust,” said head coach Steve Johnson.

The Gees are next in action in a midweek game at RMC in Kingston on Wednesday. The team defeated the struggling Paladins 6-0 in their last match-up.