There wasn’t much that separated the two teams, but following penalty kicks it was McMaster heading home and Ottawa going to the finals.

The Marauders entered the OUA women’s soccer semi-finals at Mustang Field in London, Ontario with an 8-3-5 record. They would face the country’s number four ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees who had won 14 of 16 games on the year, losing just one game.

The first half was dominated by the defenses. Neither team would register a shot on or even towards the net in the opening 45 minutes. However, in the second half there were some small cracks in each teams’ defense.

Ottawa got onto the board first in the 62nd minute with a goal from Mikayla Morton. However, Jade Smith got the equalizer for McMaster seven minutes later. Those two goals were also the only two shots in the 90 minutes which meant the teams were headed to extra time.

During extra time, the Gee-Gees would outshoot the Marauders 8-5 but neither team could put one past the keepers to get the advantage. Margot Shore would end the game with 4 saves for Ottawa while McMaster’s Juliana Hifawi made three saves on the afternoon.

With the score still knotted at one through regulation and extra time, the teams headed to the shootout.

Ottawa shot first with Thea Abdul nour converting. McMaster even it up on their third penalty kick thanks to Talia Merino-Sierra converting from the spot. Both teams would score on their fourth attempt, Mikayla Morton for the Gee-Gees and Hannah Chau-Stacey for the Marauders.

Lauren Da luz then put the Gee-Gees out in front on the fifth kick, putting the pressure on McMaster. Mac would send Grace Grafham out there with the opportunity to send it to sudden death penalty kicks, but she was unable to score, sending Ottawa to the OUA championship game.

With the loss, the Marauders will face the Queen’s Gaels in the OUA bronze medal game on Sunday November 4 at 11am with the OUA bronze medal on the line.