The No. 2 ranked UOIT women’s soccer team finished up their 2017 regular season without suffering a loss after beating the Nipissing Lakers 5-1 on Oct. 22.
The defending OUA champions finished conference play with a 14-0-2 record, setting program highs for points (44) and wins (14) in a season. Ottawa and York in 2015 were the last schools in the OUA to go through the regular season without a loss.
UOIT is now in line to host an OUA quarter-final match that will take place at the Oshawa Civic Centre either Saturday, Oct. 28 or Sunday, Oct. 29. Their opponent will be determined after the conclusion of the first round of the playoffs that will take place mid-week with Ottawa hosting Toronto and Laurentian hosting Ryerson.
Coming off a year where the Ridgebacks won the OUA championship and had four starters graduating, head coach Peyvand Mossavat wasn’t expecting to have the success that they have had so far this season.
“The reality is that we thought it would be transition year with a lot of rookies on the field and for them to perform the way they did is incredible,” says Mossavat. “We are also quite excited for the seniors to be able to accomplish another program first in finishing the regular season without a loss. We are hoping to carry this momentum into the playoffs and perform well in order to get back to nationals.”
Although the 14-0-2 record may indicate total domination, Mossavat says his team often had to battle from behind and showed a tremendous amount of determination and tenacity during the season.
In Sunday’s game against Nipissing, UOIT got off to a quick start with Cassandra Sribny scoring goals in the second and ninth minute. Andrea Young of Nipissing would get one back in the 18th minute, but Taijah Henderson and Shynice Williams would find the back of the net to give UOIT a 4-1 lead at the half.
Henderson and Sribny ended the year with 10 and nine goals respectively, sitting fourth and ninth in OUA scoring.
In the second half, Julia Listro would score her first career OUA goal in the 69th minute, drilling the ball off the crossbar and in off a free kick.
Victoria Savage and Olivia Tierney would split time in net for the win. This was Tierney’s first appearance in net this season.
Last year, UOIT defeated Laurentian 2-0 in the quarter-finals to advance to their second OUA championship in three years.
The UOIT men’s team also finished off a success regular season with a 8-5-3 record, setting a school record for wins, points (27), while only allowing 13 goals throughout the season.
“I am really proud of the guys for being able to rebound after not reaching the playoffs last year to accomplishing new milestones including hosting our first home playoff game,” says Mossavat. “It is good to see results like this with a lot of rookies in the lineup while our seniors continue to lead the program to new heights.”
Today (Oct. 25), the men’s squad will make history by hosting its first home playoff game ever, against Laurentian at the Oshawa Civic Centre beginning at 6 p.m.
Mossavat encouraged the public to come support both teams as they begin their playoff runs.