QUEBEC CITY (U SPORTS) – Montreal Carabins goalkeeper Catherine Langelier achieved an uncommon feat in the first semifinal of the 2022 U SPORTS Women’s Soccer Championship presented by Groupe Océan, Friday night at the TELUS-Université Laval Stadium in Quebec City. The third-year student-athlete saved three shots in the shootout to qualify the RSEQ champions for the gold medal game at the end of a 2-2 (3-0) victory.
Amina Koroghli had the honour of scoring the winning goal to send the Montrealers into a frenzy. The second-seeded Carabins will attempt on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET to win a second national title in the program’s history after their 2017 championship. They will face the winners of the second semifinal on Friday night between the fourth-seeded Cape Breton Capers and the Laval Rouge et Or, hosts of this year’s national tournament.
The third-seeded Gee-Gees will play for bronze on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. against the losers of that second semifinal.
The Gee-Gees quickly opened the score against the Carabins when Angelina Gendreau and Cassandra Provost teamed up for an efficient give-and-go in the 13th minute. Provost heeled the ball back to Gendreau, who immediately shot the ball through the arms of Langelier. The Carabins came close to tying the game in the 21st minute, but Mégane Sauvé hit the crossbar.
Sauvé redeemed herself early in the second half. Her powerful volley found its way to the upper right corner of the Ottawa goal, making it a 1-1 game in the 46th minute. Olivia Allen then gave quite a show, threading through six Carabins players from the midfield into the opposite box where she was tripped. From the spot, Allen converted the penalty and gave the Gee-Gees a 2-1 lead. Montreal had not yet said its last word. In the 72nd minute, a high ball sent by Stephie-Ann Dadaille bounced over keeper Cassidy Joslin. She tried to pedal back and slap the ball away, but it was too late since the ball had crossed the goal line. The score remained tied until a shootout became necessary to identify a winner.
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- Montreal: Rose-Marie Julien
- Ottawa: Soumaya Bouak
13’ – OTT #8 Angelina Gendreau (on a Cassandra Provost assist) | 1-0 OTT
46’ – MTL #6 Mégane Sauvé | 1-1
54’ – OTT #3 Olivia Allen (penalty) | 2-1 OTT
72’ – MTL #11 Stephie-Ann Dadaille | 2-2
MTL - #4 Maude Lagacé – Goal | 1-0 MTL
OTT - #23 Nibo Diamini – Save (Catherine Langelier) | 1-0 MTL
MTL - #14 Rose-Marie Julien – Save (Cassidy Joslin) | 1-0 MTL
OTT - #10 Ciarra Dunne – Save (Catherine Langelier) | 1-0 MTL
MTL - #8 Maude Leclerc – Goal | 2-0 MTL
OTT - #13 Katerine Delev – Save (Catherine Langelier) | 2-0 MTL
MTL - #22 Amina Koroghli – Goal | 3-0 MTL