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Both Queen’s soccer teams eliminated from the playoffs

October 26, 2014

Ottawa Gee-Gees got a goal from Julia Francki in the game’s 30th minute and the flawless play of goalkeeper Cynthia Leblanc made it stand up for a 1-0 home-field victory Sunday afternoon that eliminated the Queen’s Golden Gaels from the Ontario University Athletics women’s soccer playoffs.

For the No. 1-ranked Gee-Gees, who lost their season opener but have now won 16 games in a row, it was the second shutout win over Queen’s in two weeks. The Gaels dropped their regular-season match with Ottawa 3-0.

Francki, a midfielder who had 10 goals in the regular year, scored once in that game.

In two games this year the Gaels failed to beat Leblanc, who made eight saves in this one. Keeper Madison Tyrell made seven saves for Queen’s, which finished fourth in the East division at 9-4-3, but lost three of its last five games.

Ottawa will advance to the four-team championship tournament next weekend in Hamilton.

The last time Queen’s failed to win an OUA medal was in 2008, a season when Ottawa also pulled the trap door on the Gaels’ season with a 1-0 victory. This time, the Gee-Gees were gaining a measure of revenge for the Gaels having ousted them on penalty kicks a year ago.

Queen’s men, meanwhile, were also eliminated by a 1-0 defeat, at the hands of the Varsity Blues at Toronto. A goal by Nirun Sivananthan in the game’s 17th minute was the only score of the game.

The goalkeepers, Maxfield Materne of Queen’s and Rab Bruce-Lockhart, each made three saves in the game.


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