SENECA CAPTURES OCAA WOMEN’S INDOOR SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
The following story is courtesy of https://www.ocaa.com/sports/indoor/2021-22/releases/03312022ocaawrecap from March 31, 2022.
VAUGHAN, Ont. – The Seneca Sting captured the OCAA Women’s Indoor Soccer Championship in penalty kicks over the Humber Hawks.
The two teams, meeting for the second time in two days after the Hawks defeated the Sting 1-0 in pool play, were as evenly matched as two teams could be. The two sides were scoreless during regulation and were not able to settle the championship in two overtime periods.
Penalty kicks saw both teams experience highs and lows as it reached the eighth round. Martina Pannia scored the championship-winning goal for the Sting as the Sting won on penalty kicks 6-5.
Sting goalkeeper Raven Edwards-Dowdall (North York, Ont.) was flawless all championship, making a pair of saves in penalty kicks en route to being named OCAA Championship Most Valuable Player.
Jordan Burke (Scarborough, Ont.) and Michelle Covello (Bradford, Ont.) were each named OCAA Championship All-Stars while Edwards was also named the top goalkeeper.
The win was especially memorable for the members of the 2019-20 team. The Sting were undefeated in pool play and looked like a juggernaut for an OCAA Championship, but the COVID-19 pandemic halted the championship in the early hours of the final day.
Source: Seneca Sting
The St. Clair College women’s indoor soccer team didn’t come home with the medal they were hoping for but still earned OCAA bronze on Thursday afternoon. The Saints took part in the OCAA championship in Vaughan, Ont., at the Ontario Soccer Centre on Wednesday and Thursday.
In the bronze medal game against Lakehead University Orillia the Saints came up out top by a score of 1-0. Ravneet Rana (Windsor, Ont.) scored late in the first half for St. Clair. The Saints dominated play for the majority of the match but could not put another goal by the Lakehead keeper. However, the one goal was all the Saints needed to earn the bronze medals.
Earlier in the day St. Clair lost 1-0 to the Seneca Sting in the championship semi-final in a tightly contested match. Seneca scored midway through the first half to take the lead. The Saints had a great second half but could not put one past the Sting keeper to even the score. Seneca went on to defeat Humber in the gold medal game.
St. Clair had earned its way into the semi-final by winning all three games on Wednesday in robin play. The Saints scored eight goals and allowed none in their first day of competition.
Keeper Natalie Turner (Windsor, Ont.) was named a Championship All-Star. In five games in the tournament Turner only allowed one goal.
The St. Clair women have now earned all three coloured medals in recent years. The Saints won gold in 2014-15 and silver in 2016-17. St. Clair also qualified for the semi-finals and were guaranteed a medal game in 2019-20 but the event was cancelled the morning of the semi-final due to COVID 19.
Source: St. Clair Saints and OCAA
OCAA Women’s Indoor Championship MVP
Raven Edwards Dowdall, Seneca
OCAA Women’s Indoor Championship Top Goalkeeper
Raven Edwards Dowdall, Seneca
OCAA Women’s Indoor Championship All-Stars
Jordan Burke, Seneca
Michelle Covello, Seneca
Hayley Lewis, Humber
Kaitlynn Russell, Humber
Natalie Turner, St. Clair
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