Langara Falcons women’s soccer team place fifth at nationals

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Falcon striker Amelia Brown does some fancy footwork during the team’s last match at nationals against VIU.
Falcon striker Amelia Brown does some fancy footwork during the team’s last match at nationals against VIU. (Submitted by CCAA staff)

Reported by Sandy Powlik

After a second place finish in provincials, the Langara women’s soccer team made their way to Medicine Hat, Alta. where they placed fifth in the CCAA national championship.

From Nov. 5 to 8, Canada’s top eight college teams battled for gold. Ranked seventh going into the tournament, Langara played four games in four days, with a 2-2 record.

The road to nationals

The Falcons nearly took gold at provincials two weeks ago, but after a game-changing call against Langara, the opponent Vancouver Island University (VIU) scored the only goal in the game, leaving the Falcons with silver.

Centre-back Olivia Kappeli said the Falcons have really improved on their scoring, “which is awesome because we definitely need to score some goals.”

On Saturday, Langara got a second chance to prove their skills against VIU and did just that. In their final and closest match of the tournament, the Falcons defeated the Mariners 3-2.

“We were in complete control of the match, up 3-0 with VIU not scoring until after 90 minutes,” said coach Ryan Birt.

Falcons didn’t hold their momentum

Friday’s 3-0 loss to Montreal’s Ahuntsic Indiens was the mirror opposite Thursday’s 3-0 victory over the Medicine Hat Rattlers.

Langara’s first game Wednesday was against Quebec City’s second-ranked Garneau, who outscored the Falcons 7-2, taking first overall.

“You’re immediately dealing with disappointment,” Birt said of losing the first game. “How do you pick up and move on from there when you still have three games left to play?”

However, Birt said he was very proud of the way the team played, “ending the season on a good note and really setting the tone for next year.”

Falcons Melina Gomez, Kelsa Lefebvre, Tejvir Malhi and Tessa Tasaka were each named a player of the game. Tessa Tasaka also made the tournament’s all-star team.

Photos submitted by CCAA

 

The infographic below shows who scored on the team and how many games they played this season. Made by Edrick Dudang

 

 

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