2022 OCAA WOMEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP DOWN TO FOUR TEAMS
The following post is from October 27, 2022 courtesy of the OCAA website https://www.ocaa.com/sports/wsoc/2022-23/releases/10272022ocaarecap.
The 2022 OCAA Women’s Soccer Championship, hosted by Durham College, is through its first day and four teams remain ahead of the semi-finals on Saturday.
Sydney Sica opened the scoring for the Niagara Knights in the first quarter-final of the day against the Algonquin Wolves in the the first 10 minutes. Only seconds later, Sica scored her second goal of the match to double Niagara’s lead. Tori Hultink scored a pair of goals just over three minutes apart to take a 4-0 lead through 19 minutes.
Niagara played the rest of the match carefully to maintain their lead and Hultink completed the hat trick in the 86th minute to defeat the Wolves 5-0. The Knights recorded nine shots with six on goal, while holding the Wolves to no shots on target.
In the second quarter-final, the Cambrian Golden Shield and Humber Hawks played a solidly defensive first half, heading into their team rooms after 45 minutes for the halftime break in a scoreless showdown. Antonia Gatti opened the scoring for Humber in the 51st minute and that would be enough to secure a spot in the semi-finals with a 1-0 win over the Golden Shield.
The host Durham Lords met with the Mohawk Mountaineers in the third quarterfinal of the day, defeating the visitors 1-0.
After 45 minutes, the match was scoreless going into halftime. The two schools had only conceded a combined 13 goals all season, so fans knew they were in for a strong defensively minded performance.
Sage Thomas-Roberts opened the scoring in the 50th minute on a shot that saw the ball curl beneath the crossbar right in the top corner. Durham controlled much of the possession for a good amount of the second half and around the 80th minute mark they switched to a defence-first mentality to force a clean sheet in the one-goal match.
The Mountaineers hit target twice on six shots and Nikki Bradshaw turned away both for the clean sheet. Kimberly Brinker and Alyssa Glasbergen both hit target for the Mountaineers.
In the final match of the day, the Seneca Sting defeated the Centennial Colts by four goals to clinch a spot in Saturday’s semi-finals.
Shanice Alfred kicked off the scoring in 29th minute for the Sting, the first of four players that would find their way onto the score sheet. Francesca Famele doubled the Sting’s lead shortly before halftime. In the second half, Sydnie Street extended Seneca’s lead to three before Olivia Lamacchia scored a 69th minute goal to make it 4-0.
Rosalie Benedict had 10 saves for the Colts, the most of any goalkeeper in the quarterfinal round. Raven Edwards stopped the only shot she faced to give Seneca a clean sheet.
Down to four teams, the Niagara Knights and Humber Hawks will play in the semifinal on Saturday at 12 p.m. This will be their second meeting of the season, having played to a 2-2 draw at the Ontario Soccer Centre on Oct. 12.
In the second semifinal, the host Durham Lords will play the Seneca Sting for the second time this season. In the regular season finale, the Sting defeated the Lords 1-0 to finish off a perfect 10-0 regular season.
Source: Durham Lords
Championship Website: www.ocaa.com/wsoc
Live Webcast: www.ocaa.com/ocaalive
Thursday, October 27
Game #1: Niagara def. Algonquin 5-0
Game #2: Humber def. Cambrian 1-0
Game #3: Durham def. Mohawk 1-0
Game #4: Seneca def. Centennial 4-0
Saturday, October 29
Game #5: Niagara vs. Humber – 12 p.m.
Game #6: Durham vs. Seneca – 3 p.m.
Sunday, October 30
Bronze Medal Match
Game #7: Loser Game #5 vs. Loser Game #6 – 12 p.m.
Winning team presented OCAA Bronze Medal at conclusion of match
Gold Medal Match
Game #8: Winner Game #5 vs. Winner Game #6 – 3 p.m.
OCAA Gold and Silver Medals presented at conclusion of match
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