The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees have completed the group stage of the KELME 2019 FISU University World Cup – Football with an undefeated 3-0 record thanks to a 4-2 victory over Thailand’s College of Asian Scholars on Tuesday.
The victory sets Ottawa up with a semifinal match against Beijing Normal University, which finished second in its group with a 2-1-0 record. The match will be played on Thursday, Nov. 28 at 7 a.m. ET / 4 a.m. PT (8 p.m. local time).
The Gee-Gees wasted no time against the College of Asian Scholars – which finished second in Ottawa’s group – quickly grabbed hold of the match with Delaney Rickert-Hall’s first goal of the tournament in the first minute of play. It was trademark Rickert-Hall, as she collected a service from Emma Lefebvre, used her body to get in position around a defender, and fired a shot from the penalty spot into the bottom corner of the net.
The Asian Scholars equalized at the eight-minute mark, but Katherine Bearne responded in the 20th minute, putting the Canadians on top with her first of the tournament. Mikayla Morton made an excellent play on the endline to keep the ball in play and delivered the ball to Bearne for the finish in front of the net.
Ottawa then extended its lead to 3-1 before halftime, with Emma Lefebvre converting on a corner kick opportunity for her third goal of the tournament which ultimately stood as the game-winner. Angelina Gendreau added an insurance marker at the 80-minute mark after the Thai team had closed the gap to 3-2. The goal was a strong open field play by Gendreau and Kaylane Hogue, showing the Gee-Gees team speed.
Ottawa has outscored its opponents by a 9-2 margin through the three group stage games and have goals from six different players. Lefebvre has the team lead with three goals, followed by Gendreau with two.
Up next, Ottawa prepares for Thursday’s semifinal, with a spot in the World Cup final on Saturday on the line against either the Asian Scholars or Brazil’s Paulista University (3-0).