Fans from across the Ottawa region packed the stands as the Gee-Gees women’s soccer team faced off against the Carleton Ravens this Sunday for the final regular season game of the year. Gee-Gees goalkeeper Julie-Anne Lamarche was a standout player in the game, making an impressive 8 saves that included one penalty kick. Offensively, Carleton made a total of 22 shots to score, while uOttawa made 13 shots. Ultimately, however, the game resulted in a 0-0 tie.
“I think the game had a little bit more meaning because it was my last [regular season] game,” said team captain Vanessa El-Asmar, who is in her fifth and final year. El-Asmar as well as five of her teammates were honoured prior to the start of the game with plaques to commemorate five years of dedication to the team. El-Asmar’s fellow graduating seniors are Kayla Da Costa-Pacheco, Faythe Lou, Sophie Curtis, Anika Littlemore, and Hannah Landry and all started the match on Sunday.
El-Asmar also stated that while this game did not impact Ottawa's playoff positioning, there were still high expectations for this game. “Our mindset was definitely to go for the win, and to go out there and be the hardest working team—as I think we’ve been doing all season.”
Two wins by Queen’s on the final weekend of the season edged the Gaels past Ottawa into second place in the OUA East standings with a record of 12-3-1. The Gee-Gees (10-1-5) are set to host the Toronto Varsity Blues (7-7-2) on Wednesday, October 25 at 6 p.m as part of Round One of the OUA playoffs. Tickets are on sale now at tickets.geegees.ca.