Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Carabins, Pandas to Meet in CIS Women's Soccer Semifinals

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Carabins, Pandas to Meet in CIS Women's Soccer Semifinals

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Carabins, Pandas advance to soccer semifinals

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TORONTO - Laurianne Garrant-Saine scored the winning goal on a penalty kick and the Montreal Carabins advanced to the semifinals of the Canadian University Sport women's soccer championship with a 2-1 win over the Western Mustangs on Thursday.

The Carabins will take on the Canada West champion Alberta Pandas in Friday's semifinal. The Pandas defeated the Laval Rouge et Or 1-0 later Thursday.

Elsewhere, the defending champion Trinity Western Spartans beat the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 3-0. The Spartans next face the Cape Breton Capers, who shut out the Toronto Varsity Blues 1-0.

After a scoreless first half, third-year Carabins midfielder Kim Brule opened the scoring in the 50th minute. The Trois-Rivieres, Que., native centred a wide-angled shot, which bounced off the far post and into the net.

Nine minutes later, Montreal's Constance De Chantal Dumont was taken down in the penalty area and fellow second-year midfielder Garrant-Saine made no mistake, sending a booming shot into the bottom left corner of the net.

"It was a tale of two halves," said Montreal head coach Kevin McConell. "We came out way too hesitant in the first half and the second half was a different story. For us we need to come out the way we did in the second half and play a full 90 minutes like that."

The Mustangs cut the deficit to one just six minutes later as third-year defender Samantha Taylor of kicked in a rebound off a Becca Jefferson corner kick. But Western was unable to find the tying goal and Montreal came away with the win.

"I thought we battled hard," said Mustangs coach Martin Painter, the CIS coach of the year. "I don't think it was our best game of the year. I think we could have played with a little bit more belief and a little bit more confidence. It came down to a couple of unfortunate goals but we fought back to get into the game and we came up a little short."

Later Thursday, Paula Dadensky scored the lone goal as the Pandas advanced to the semifinals.

Dadensky scored the game-winner in the 65th minute, placing a header perfectly past Laval goalkeeper Joelle Morasse off a Rebecca Brandt corner kick. …

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