After Friday night’s game was called off because of the weather, the Concordia Stingers women’s soccer team was back in action on Sunday when they hosted the Bishop’s Gaiters at Loyola Stadium.
Head coach Jorge Sanchez made one change to his side since last week’s victory over UQTR, starting midfielder Bella James at right midfield. The back line stayed the same with Katrina Filiatrault, Shannon Travers, Elizabeth McDonald and Lindsey Brooks. The new midfield was Alexandra Dragan, Valerie Ishak, Kayla Myre and James. Melissa Kedro and Jennifer Duff played up front. Brittany O’Rourke got the start at goalkeeper.
The Stingers couldn’t have asked for a better start to the match. In the 13′ minute, Duff beat her defender and slid a ball under Bishop’s goalkeeper Molly Bucholtz. Bucholtz ended up having a busy night guarding the Gaiters’ goal.
The Stingers took a deserving lead into half-time.
In the second half, the home team’s relentless attacks continued.
The visiting Gaiter’s did not have many chances in the match, but they managed a way to score.
In the 56′ minute, Duff and Kedro almost combined for the go-ahead goal. Duff received a through ball from the midfield had her shot saved by the Bishop’s goalkeeper. Kedro was right there for the rebound, but the keeper’s quick reaction save kept the score level.
Bishop’s had their final two chances near the 70′ minute. Burnett and Henry-Cotnam combined twice, but one of their efforts missed the net, while the other was saved by O’Rourke.
The Stingers had a few more opportunities, but ultimately could not find the winning goal. The 1-1 draw felt like a loss to head coach Sanchez.
“This was a game we expected to win, a game we should have won and I think we gave away two points,” he said. “It’s going to make our lives a little harder down the stretch.”
The Stingers were the dominant team in this match. A failure to finish chances, combined with an outstanding performance by the Bishop’s goalkeeper led to the team dropping two valuable points at home.
“We have to bury our chances,” Sanchez said. “I think it would have been an avalanche. Had we scored the second goal, I think you would have seen three, four or five go in.”
The Stingers will have four days to prepare for their next match. They face the UQÀM Citadins Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne.