BY SCOTT HUNTER HADDOW
All guts and all glory.
The Laurentian University women's soccer squad came up with two big wins over the weekend to keep their championship quest alive.
Last Friday, the Lady Vees beat the Brock University Badgers 3-1 in the first round of the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) playoffs for their first ever playoff win.
Kristy Mackenzie scored two goals and Claire Miller scored one for the Lady Vees.
The win pushed the squad into another do-or-die game against the York University Lions on Sunday.
As always, the game was a tight, defensive contest.
Both teams remained tied 0-0 after regulation time, sending the game to a shootout.
The Lady Vees outscored the Lions 3-2 during the penalty kicks.
Jolene Fournier, Erin Wilkes and Lauren Duhaime scored for the team.
Ã‚"The team battled hard every minute of the game,Ã‚" said head coach Rob Gallo in a press release. Ã‚"They showed character, grit, and determination. I am very proud to be their coach.Ã‚"
The Lady Vees will now play the University of Western Mustangs in the semi-final match on Saturday, Nov. 6 in Kingston to advance to the OUA final.
The Mustangs are no push-overs, and represent the class of the OUA. Western went undefeated this season, 10-0-1. They are currently tied for the number one spot in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) rankings with the University of British Columbia.
Men's soccer club bounced from playoffs
The men's squad, however, wasn't as fortunate as the women.
The men started their playoff battle against the University of Guelph last Friday, scoring a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory.
Striker Giuseppe Politi scored the winner on a penalty shot. He also scored a goal in regulation.
Stephen Soutar scored the other goal for the Voyageurs.
Ã‚"The boys played with some great intensity and attitude,Ã‚" said head coach Carlo Castrechino in a press release.
The win propelled the men into quarter-final action against Brock on Sunday.
Despite a a strong effort, the men were bounced 3-0 by the Badgers.
Ã‚"We worked hard and we battled hard,Ã‚" said Castrechino in a press release. Ã‚"Brock was just the better team today.Ã‚"
Laurentian runners make their mark
The Laurentian women's cross country running team finished ninth overall at the recent OUA Championships, held at Sunnybrooke Park in Toronto.
There were several notable accomplishments.
Sudbury's Leila Angrand won a bronze medal in the five-kilometre run. She also earned OUA All-Star status.
Other solid finishes were Kristi Dolson, 22nd, Alicia Kaye, 47th, Melanie Muise, 63rd, Jennie Oliver, 71st, Marnie Smith, 74th, Caitlin Tino, 82nd.