Gee-Gees improve unbeaten record with dominant home wins
Photo: Marta Kierkus
The Gee-Gees women’s soccer team was back in action at home this weekend and they couldn’t have asked for a better result, coming away with two impressive victories against Ryerson and the University of Toronto.
The wins mean the nationally second-ranked Gee-Gees have now collected points every game this year in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) East division. The Gees are still undefeated in the 2015 season, topping the OUA East with an impressive 9-0-3 record.
The Gee-Gees started their weekend with an impressive win over the Ryerson Rams. The team overcame a disappointing first half to win 4-1.
The Gees set the pace with Vanessa El Asmar putting one on the scoreboard in the sixth minute, but Ryerson equalized 12 minutes later and defended valiantly in what was an uninspiring first half for the home team.
Ryerson came back into the second half looking to take control of the game with a more physical style of play.
“I thought there could have been several potential cards and even penalty kicks,” Gee-Gees head coach Steve Johnson told Sports Services. “We knew that they played that way and we were prepared for it.”
Despite the physical nature of the match, the Gee-Gees maintained their relentless offence to score three goals in the second half, starting with a Delaney Rickert-Hall’s goal in the (67’), before Ellie Cowan (77’) and Hannah Landry (80’) solidified a strong performance from the Gees with their goals.
On Sunday, the Gees secured another resounding 4-1 victory over the Toronto Varsity Blues at Matt Anthony Field.
After a first half, with little offensive action, ended in a stalemate, the Gees’ pair of star strikers scored four goals to resign the Blues to their third consecutive loss.
Pilar Khoury started off the scoring with a 49th-minute strike to give the Gees the 1-0 lead. Julia Francki would take advantage of a penalty kick just two minutes later, after Khoury was brought down in the 18 yard box.
Francki added another in the 69th minute with a header from a corner kick, and Khoury would round off the scoring with a 75th-minute flick.
The Varsity Blues would deny Cynthia Leblanc, the Gees goalkeeper, any hope of a clean sheet with a scrappy goal off a rebound in the 85th minute.
Overall, it was a great win and added to a remarkable weekend. The Gee-Gees must now prepare to host their cross-town rival at Matt Anthony Field on Oct. 17. Their last match against the Ravens ended in a 0-0 draw, but Ottawa’s offence is sure to seek a bigger impact this time around.
Kickoff for the rematch is scheduled for 1 p.m.