The Champlain Cavaliers Women’s Soccer team split their games over the past weekend, wining their home game on October 3rd against Lionel-Groulx and dropping a tough match in Quebec City on Sunday to Garneau.
Lionel-Groulx vs Champlain Cavaliers
The ladies came out last Friday knowing that a win was a must to keep their play-off hopes alive. While the match started out on an even keel, the Cavaliers had the better chances and managed to score the opener. A corner kick provided Kacey Vadeboncoeur Bourque the opportunity when Lionel-Groulx missed the rebound, allowing her to put it away. For the remainder of the 1st half the Cavaliers controlled the pace and tempo.
Most of the 2nd half saw the same thing: the Cavaliers dictated the flow and in the 63rd minute they added to their lead after a speedy run by Meili Gagné led to a cross to the middle of the box. The Lionel-Groulx defenders were unable to clear and Emilie Rey was there to take advantage of their lapse, scoring what turned out to be the game winning goal. In desperation, Lionel-Groulx opened up their play and in the 78th minute they scored their first and only goal of the match.
Champlain Cavaliers at Garneau
Sunday saw the Cavaliers heading up for their first meeting this season with perennial powerhouse Garneau. The ladies knew they would have a tough game – 5 of the regular starters were unavailable for action due to their respective club teams heading to club soccer nationals this week. The effort was there but the Cavaliers came up short, dropping the game to the #9 ranked team in Canada. There is a chance for redemption for the Cavaliers as the two teams face-off on October 17th at Seaway Park in St-Lambert, the penultimate match of the season for the ladies, and a game that has play-off implications.
The 3-5 Cavaliers are currently in 5th place, 2 points behind John Abbott and the last play-off spot. John Abbott and Champlain will face-off on the last day of the regular season at John Abbott.