Joëlle Gosselin scored the only goal in a tight defensive match, as the Laval Rouge et Or downed the Calgary Dinos 1-0 on Sunday to finish fifth at the 2018 U SPORTS Women’s Soccer Championship.
Winning their way into the consolation final, the Rouge et Or and Dinos met on a cold and gusty morning at Gee-Gees Field, having played solid soccer after their respective losses on the first day of the tournament.
Despite a handful of shots for both teams though the first 45 minutes, the teams were completely deadlocked, neither able to get any momentum going.
In the 67th minute, the Rouge et Or got a game-breaking goal off of a corner kick, when Gosselin headed in the difference-maker on a perfectly placed kick by Kim Tremblay.
In the final 20 minutes of the match, the action heated up, with both teams trading opportunities to score. Calgary missed their best chance for an equalizer when Kelsie MacDonald fired a shot over the crossbar.
The Rouge et Or utilized their tight defence to to burn the final minutes and secure a win to close their season.
“We wanted to go for gold, but at least we played a really good game against the Dinos. I’m really excited that we finished with a win,” said Laval’s Player of the Game and striker Joëlle Gosselin. “I decided to stay in Quebec (City) because it’s my hometown, and we went to five nationals. We did the best we could, and I’m proud of it.”
Players of the Game
- Laval: Joëlle Gosselin
- Calgary: Jordan Smith