Carabins Blank Host Laval To Capture Second U SPORTS Women’s Soccer Title
In an all RSEQ final the Montreal Carabins were crowned the Queens of USPORTS Women’s soccer for 2022.
The lone goal of this championship battle came in the 75th minute by Justine Lalande that lead the Montreal Carabins to a 1-0 victory over the Laval Rouge et Or in the gold medal final of the 2022 U SPORTS Women Soccer Championships presented by Groupe Océan in Quebec City. It is the second time that Montreal’s women soccer program wins the Gladys Bean Trophy.
With about 16 minutes to go, Mégane Sauvé stole the ball from a Laval player, the Carabins rushed the opposite zone in numbers in the 75th minute to break the scoreless tie. Sauvé served a perfect pass to Lalande who created euphoria in the Montreal clan by beating the Laval goalkeeper Myriam Labrecque to the left. This marks the end of an incredible season for Sauvé who also won the RSEQ Player of the Year Award. For her work in the Montreal goal, goalkeeper Catherine Langelier, who was voted player of the game.
The Carabins win a sixth U SPORTS medal (two gold, three silver and a bronze). Their previous title was captured in 2017. Bronze medallists in 2021, the Rouge et Or also wins a sixth medal in program history and a first silver (two gold and three bronze). The last time the tournament was played in Quebec City in 2014, Laval won its first national title.
In the bronze medal match earlier Sunday afternoon, the Ottawa Gee Gees took home the medal with a 3-0 score line over the Cape Breton Capers on the back of two penalty goals in the second half,
The Gee-Gees, the 2022 FISU Champions, are back on the national podium, their last time being the 2018 national championships when they won the gold. The Capers end the tournament in fourth place, equal to their ranking when they entered the championship.
U SPORTS Player of the Year Soumaya Bouak set the play that opened the score in the 26th minute after breaking through on the right flank. She crossed the ball to Cassandra Provost, whose shot was partially stopped by keeper Haley Kardas. The ball still bounced across the goal line to make it 1-0 for Ottawa.
The Gee-Gees doubled their lead in the 62nd minute. A tackle on Olivia Allen in the box led to a penalty and Angelina Gendreau placed the ball in the back of the net. The story repeated itself in the 73rd minute, and this time it was Ella Chase who fell on the tackle at the top of the box and Katerine Delev who converted the shot for the third and final goal of the game.
Gunn Baldursson Memorial Award for Most Valuable Player of the
Mégane Sauvé Championship, Midfield, Montreal
USPORTS Championship All-Star Team
Catherine Langelier, Goalie, Montreal
Alexandra Doucet, Defenseman, Laval
Rose-Marie Julien, Defenseman, Montreal
Kayla Kyle, Defenseman, Ottawa
Emma-Ève Lecompte, Defenseman, Laval
Katerine Delev, Midfielder, Ottawa
Virginie Deschênes, Midfielder , Laval
Maude Leclerc, Midfielder, Montreal
Mégane Sauvé, Midfielder, Montreal
Léa-Jeanne Fortier, Forward, Laval
Cassandra Provost, Forward, Ottawa
Cape Breton University RW Pugh Capers Sportsmanship Award
USPORTS Top 8
- University of Ottawa
- Cape Breton University
- Trinity Western