The last week of the regular season came very quickly for the CIS soccer teams, with everything finishing up this weekend. On the line for the Queen's Gaels teams were playoff seedings, while the RMC Paladins were playing for pride, having been eliminated from the playoffs already.
The Nipissing Lakers and Laurentian Voyageurs were down for the weekend, after Queen's and RMC had visited them last weekend. Nipissing, like RMC, were playing for pride, but both Laurentian teams were playing for playoff seedings in the hopes being able to host their first round playoff games this coming Wednesday.
Nipissing faced off against the Queen's teams on Saturday at Tindall Field on the main campus, with the games beginning at noon and 2:15pm. The women kicked off first and the game was a very one-sided affair with Queen's winning 6-1. Jacqueline Tessier scored twice (in the 4th and 47th minutes) to bring her seasonal total to 12. Jessie DeBoer scored in the 5th minute, just under 45 seconds after Tessier's first goal. Breanna Burton added another in the 40th to give the Gaels a 3-0 score at half-time. Tessier's second goal led off the second half and Julia Cory added a fifth in the 78th minute. The Queen's scoring was finished off by Kayla Crnic in the 86th minute. Nipissing's Nadia Pagliarello scored in the 90th minute to close out the scoring. The win clinched first place in the OUA East for the Queen's Gaels.
The men's game was equally one-sided with Queen's dominating possession and the run of play. Striker Peter Christidis scored in the 14th minute to give Queen's the early 1-0 lead. Eric Koskins added one in the 36th to give Queen's a 2-0 lead at the half. Eleven seconds after the second half had kicked off, Peter Christidis had scored his second of the game, celebrating by running down the sideline to kiss his girlfriend beside the field. This elicited jokes from the players not dressed for the game asking what his hat trick celebration would be. The game finished 3-0 with Dylan Maxwell claiming the clean sheet for Queen's. There was an unfortunate incident following the first Queen's goal as the Nipissing coach was dismissed by the referee for comments he made.
Over at RMC's Navy Bay 4 field, the RMC Paladins faced two Laurentian teams needing wins. The women's game also kicked off at noon and RMC took a lead late in the first half on Michelle Hamilton's goal in the 36th minute. Hamilton missed a penalty in the 75th minute that would have given RMC a 2-0 lead. Despite this RMC was able to hold off the Laurentian Lady Vees until the last play of the game when defender Amy-Lynn Pitton was able to tie the game, keeping Laurentian's hopes alive. Rhianna Koopman was cautioned for RMC, while two Lady Vees players were cautioned on the day.
The RMC men did not face as well against the Voyageur men in the late game. The game was held scoreless at half due to the strong defensive play of both teams and especially the two goalkeepers, Jhordan Dorrington of RMC and David Szczepaniak of Laurentian. Dieri Drame scored for Laurentian early in the second half to give the Voyageurs the 1-0 lead in the 57th minute. The score remained 1-0 until two goals by Laurentian in injury time, the first from Mark Miehm and one by Liam Dougherty a minute later that was an individual effort, being carried from his own penalty area right to the other end of the pitch before he scored to give Laurentian the 3-0 win at the final whistle.
Nipssing went to RMC for Sunday's matches. In the women's game, RMC doubled up on Nipissing by a 2-1 score, getting revenge on the Lakers for the 4-0 loss last weekend in North Bay. Michelle Hamilton tallied both goals for RMC, scoring in the 4th and 46th minutes of the game. Kaitie Smolak responded for Nipissing in teh 58th minute. RMC finished their season with a 3-11-2 record, good enough for 7th place in the OUA East. Last season they finished 8th with a 2-12-2 record.
The Paladins men did not fare as well, dropping their game by a 2-1 scoreline. JJ Bosica scored for RMC in the 22nd minute to give them a 1-0 lead, one they held until the 55th minute when Shayn Karn put Nipissing on the board. Kellie Koroma added a second goal for Nipissing in the 69th minute to give them a 2-1 lead. RMC had three players cautions in the game, Dylan Kirk, Luke Gabel, and Kwadwo Donkor. In addition to this, Nicolas Denutte was dismissed from the match. Both teams were very offensive during the game with RMC's Jhordan Dorrington tallying 14 saves in the loss and Nipissing's Chris Mahy tallying 13. RMC finished the season with an 1-13-0 record in last place in the OUA East, an improvement on last season's 0-14-0 record.
Queen's played Laurentian on Sunday, with both games being played on the new turf field at West Campus. The turf on this field is much stickier than at Tindall Field and Laurentian's Lady Vees suffered two ankle injuries caused in part by the field. The first was to their captain and centre-back Amy-Lynn Pitton in the 20th minute, and the second to their striker Lisa Watson in the 35th minute. Queen's left midfielder Riley Filion put Queen's on the board early with a 20 yard strike in the 5th minute to put Queen's up 1-0. In the 35th minute, Queen's was awarded a penalty kick when Lady Vee's goalkeeper Michelle Philp fouled Queen's midfielder Chantal McFetridge just outside of the goal area. McFetridge took the penalty and it was saved by Philp. The rebound was put over the bar to keep the score 1-0 at half. Laurentian tied the game up on an amazing strike from 35 yards out by defender Stacey Wilson. Twenty minutes later, Queen's scored again as Jessie DeBoer took advantage of a misplayed ball by Philp and was able to get around her and put the ball into the empty net. Laurentian responded five minutes later in the 80th minute with a goal from striker Celine Valiquette as she turned her defender, Brienna Shaw, and poked the ball just inside the post into the net, catching Queen's goalkeeper Chantel Marson off-balance. The game finished as a draw, forcing Laurentian to have to travel to play Carleton on Wednesday afternoon in their playoff game. The Queen's Gaels finished the season with a 13-1-2 record claiming first place in the OUA East for the third year in a row.
Jacqueline Tessier finished the season with twelve goals to lead the OUA, and tying her with Janine Frazao of UBC. Éva Thouvenot-Hébert of the University of Montreal finished the season with 17 to claim the top goal scoring title ahead of Tessier and Frazao.
The Queen's men faced Laurentian with playoff hosting duties on the line. A Laurentian win would have Laurentian hosting Queen's on Wednesday afternoon, and a Queen's win or draw would have Queen's hosting Laurentian that afternoon. The game started well with both teams playing hard to create chances. A minute before halftime, midfielder Pat Zanetti put Queen's ahead 1-0 with a well taken shot from the top of the penalty area after he'd been left alone by two Laurentian defenders. He tallied again in the 55th minute with a strong header off of a corner from Peter Christidis to give Queen's a 2-0 lead. Andrew Posteraro responded for the Voyageurs when they were awarded a penalty. Queen's goalkeeper Dylan Maxwell stopped the initial shot from Brian Kavaratzis, but the rebound fell to Posteraro and he roofed the ball to bring Laurentian back into the game. Faruk Yahaya scored just over a minute later on a header from a crossed ball to tie the game up 2-2. Laurentian continued to press and scored at the start of injury time on a long free kick by Brian Kavaratzis from inside his own half. The kick was indirect due to an offside call, but a mixup in the Queen's penalty area led to Maxwell palming the ball into his own net to give the Voyageurs a 3-2 lead. Laurentian celebrated the goal and Queen's took advantage to tie the game on the final kick of the match by Nathan Klemencic to give Queen's a 3-3 draw. Queen's finished the season in 4th place in the OUA East with a 7-4-3 record. Last season, they also finished in 4th and had a 8-5-1 record.
The Queen's men will be hosting the Laurentian Voyageurs on the north turf field at West Campus on Wednesday afternoon at 1pm. The winner of that game will likely visit Carleton on Sunday afternoon to play at 3pm.
The Queen's women will host the lowest placed OUA East team in the quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon at 1pm on the north turf field at West Campus.
As these are OUA Playoff games, there will be a cost associated with attending.