The Montreal Carabins won’t be defending their U Sports national championship in women’s soccer after the McMaster Marauders defeated them in the quarterfinals.

Headed into the game, the Marauders were the underdogs against the top dogs, but that didn’t put any fear into McMaster’s women’s team who knew they could beat anybody.

The game was in full control of the Carabins in the first half as they pinned the Marauders in their own end for much of the opening half. However, McMaster didn’t panic and relied on their defensive play to help them weather the storm without giving up a shot.

As half time drew near the momentum switched to Marauders who got a couple of quality chances but could not break the deadlock. Stephanie Roberts had the best chance to open the scoring when she controlled a pass on the edge of the box facing the opposite way of the goal. She turned then blasted a rising shot that forced Montreal’s Claudia Dube-Trempe to make an amazing diving stop.

Moments later the official blew the whistle, sending teams to their dressing rooms for half time.

Following the break, McMaster had new life and were reinvigorated, stretching the Carabins as they looked for the go-ahead goal. They would manage to put nine shots towards the goal but Dube-Trempe stopped all four that were on her net.

Montreal finally regained some control in the dying minutes of the second half and nearly put the game away, but a shot would go off the bar and then was sent high over the bar just before time had expired sending the teams to extra time.

The Carabins had the best chance in the 97th minute but Hifawi was up for the task making the save and clearing the rebound.

Ally Riganelli would send a cross pass to Jade Smith who picked it up on the touch line. She then sent a low cross towards the net that Montreal’s defender Melissa Proulz tried to stop but when she knocked the ball down, she tipped it right into the empty side of the net giving McMaster a 1-0 lead in the 118th minute. It would be loan goal of the match that sent the defending champions to the consolation round and the Marauders to their first semi-final appearance since 1997.

As the time kept ticking away, the Carabins saw two of their players sent off following objections towards the officials leaving McMaster to ride out the final moments of the match with a two-player advantage.

McMaster will now take on the host Ottawa Gee-Gees on Saturday November 10 when the Final Four teams are set to battle. Game time is at 12:30pm. Ottawa defeated the Calgary Dinos in their quarterfinal match 2-1.

For her clean sheet, making five saves, keeper Hifawi was named the Marauder’s Player of the Match.

On Wednesday night at the U Sports banquet for women’s soccer, McMaster striker Stephanie Roberts was named a U Sports All-Canadian. The fourth-year student athlete from Ottawa was included into the All-Canadian Second Team, becoming the first Marauder to be included in the group since goalkeeper Amy Holt and midfielder Cheryl Druchok were named to the first and second, respectfully, All-Canadian teams in 2008.

The recognition comes just a few days after Roberts was named the U Sports Female Athlete of the Month for October.