Unfortunately, the visiting Carleton Ravens had other ideas as they head back to Ottawa with a 3-1 victory, according to a news release.
The Ravens controlled the play for much of the first half, putting continuous pressure on the Lady Vees’ back line. To their credit, Laurentian’s defence prevented any real scoring threat as they dug in and held their ground in their own third. As the whistle sounded for half-time, the scoreboard read 0-0 and both teams looked to regroup to find a breakthrough.
Carleton struck first as a controversial tackle led to a kick from the spot for Sarah Royer who made no mistake and put the Ravens up 1-0 in the 68th minute.
Forced to press the issue, the Lady Vees sent bodies forward and created some chances, but a beautiful volley on the counter attack from Carleton’s Nicole Filipow put the Ravens in front 2-0 in the 82nd minute.
The Lady Vees upped the pressure even more, pushing everyone forward to try and get back into the game in the final eight minutes. Their persistence paid off as, in the 88th minute, a handled ball inside the 18-yard box led to a penalty kick for Laurentian’s Amy-Lynn Pitton, who made no mistake and breathed life back into Laurentian’s post-season hopes.
Carleton’s Stephanie Sapienza quickly dashed those hopes off the ensuing kick-off as she got on the end of a through ball and chipped it over Laurentian’s keeper to go up 3-1. The final whistle put an end to the Lady Vees’ season while Carleton moves on to the OUA East semifinal.
Despite the loss, the Lady Vees' season was a fairly successful one and they will look to build off that as they head into the off-season and begin to prepare for next year, according to the news release.