The Sault College Cougars Women’s Indoor Soccer team made history March 7th as they qualified for the OCAA Championships for the first time in school history.
With the top 2 teams moving on from the regional today the Lady Cougars punched their ticket to the Provincial finals with a 2-1 record on the day; joining Seneca College who finished 1 st overall with a 2-0- 1 record.
The Cougars kicked off the day’s action with a disappointing 1-0 loss to the Seneca Sting in a match where the Sault squad controlled most of the play and the Sting scored late in the second half to secure the victory. The Cougars bounced back in their second match of the day as they bested St. Lawrence College 5-0 in a one sided affair. Emily Nicoletta (Sault/BSCN) paced the squad with two goals while Logan Kennedy (Sault/Public Event Management), Sarah Ferguson (Burlington/BSCN) and Julia Pulente (Sault/Fitness and Health) each potted singles. The final match of the day was do or die for the Cougars as the faced George Brown College where anything but a win would send them home. The ladies played an all-round team game and showed true northern grit as they beat the Huskies 3-0 behind stellar defensive play and the goalkeeping of Sam Skyers (Windsor/Fitness and Health) who shone between the pipes. Hali Studens (Sault/BSCN) led the Cougars with two goals while Nicoletta added a single.
Head coach Claudia Levesque stated “our goal all season was to qualify for the Ontario Championships and thanks to a total team effort we are excited to be on our way.”
In their fifth season of OCAA play this marks the first time the Cougars have advanced to the ”big dance” and will have to wait until Friday to see who they will be matched up against as regionals continue all week in venues throughout Ontario. The OCAA Championships will be held at Redeemer University from March 23rd -25th in Ancaster, Ontario.
Source: Sault College Athletics