Saturday, 5 November 2011

OUA Women's Final Four - Queen's 3, McMaster 0

The Queen's Gaels put on a masterful show in Waterloo today as they dominated the McMaster Marauders in their OUA semi-final matchup. Like the York v Toronto men's game earlier today, this one ended with the losing team down a player.

I had some troubles getting the online stream going and came into the game when there were close to ten minutes played. The Queen's starting lineup was almost the same as last week's lineup against the Carleton Ravens, with the exception of Breanna Burton starting in place of the injured Kelli Chamberlain.

Queen's started the game playing into the sun, but it seemed to have little effect on their play. From the time I tuned in, they dominated the run of play with the only times McMaster got out of their own end were when they cleared it all the way down the field. The control of the Queen's midfield took McMaster's top player, Nicole Brace, out of the game and did not allow her any play on the ball.

In the 25th, Queen's had their first really good chance off of a corner kick. The header was put down toward the goal, but cleared off the line by McMaster's centreback Kristen Lowe. Off of the goal kick, Riley Filion of Queen's stole the ball and fired it toward the goal, putting it just wide of the net. The next goal kick was picked off as well and the ball put through to Jacqueline Tessier. She broke down the left wing beating her defender and put it past the challenging goalkeeper to put Queen's up 1-0.

After the goal, Queen's made their first substitution, bringing Julia Cory on for striker Breanna Burton. Adding another midfielder allowed them to continue to control the match, but dropping one striker took away a target and allowed McMaster to get into the game. This led to two fantastic chances by the Marauders as halftime approached. The first came on a breakaway that Queen's goalkeeper Chantal Marson was able to get a leg on the shot and clear it away. Moments later she tipped the ball overtop of the net to keep the scoreline at 1-0 as the half-time whistle sounded.

Off the second half kickoff by McMaster, Queen's stole the ball almost immediately. Over the next ten minutes, Queen's dominated completely with Tessier getting three great chances, putting two off the post and the other just wide of the goal. In between, McMaster had one of their few chances of the half as Brace put a ball on goal and it was deflected just wide of the post, past a frozen Marson.

The next five minutes provided much more end-to-end play, but Mikyla Kay put in a long ball and Tessier flicked it into the back of the net with her head to give Queen's a 2-0 lead in the 63rd minute. Over the next several minutes, McMaster's goalkeeeper Brittany Duffy came up huge several times and was the only reason that the Marauders were still in the match.

Queen's continued their domination, having a goal called back in the 80th for handling the ball. In the 87th, McMaster's Lowe fouled Tessier very hard just outside of the penalty area and was shown a straight red card for serious foul play. This gave Queen's a free kick just beside the arc at the top of the area. Riley Filion stepped up and put it just inside the far post to give Queen's a 3-0 lead, and passage to the OUA final against the Laurier Golden Hawks.

The final is a rematch of last year's OUA final, won by Laurier 1-0 in Kingston. It is also a rematch of the CIS Championship final, won by Queen's 1-0 in extra time in PEI.

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