Two goals within the same minute led the West Ottawa Warriors to a 5-0 victory over the Woodbridge Strikers on Friday, June 23 at Beckwith Park.
Jenna Matsukubo (12’) and Arielle Kabangu (13’) scored back-to-back goals which put the Warriors firmly in the driver’s seat for the rest of the game. Kabangu would get her second of the game in the 55th minute, after Melissa Harrison made a great run down the side line and sent a fantastic cross into the box.
Kabangu had two other nice chances to add to her team leading seven goals. Just before halftime, she ran on to a pass that put her through the defence with just the Woodbridge keeper between her and the net, but the keeper made a phenomenal diving save to push Kabangu’s shot away.
In the second half, Kabangu took a cracking shot that beat the keeper but not the goal post. The ball bounced out and fell right to the foot of Sarah Royer (48’) who buried the rebound.
Harrison (83’) added the fifth goal late in the game.
West Ottawa’s defenders were able to match the pace of some quick Woodbridge strikers and wingers, keeping them almost exclusively to the outside and allowing very few long balls over their heads. The Warriors allowed only one shot in the first half, and just three shots on target in the full 90 minutes.
Keepers Mollie Eriksson and Morgan Fedosiewich split the shutout.
Friday’s match-up was the second time that the two teams met in less than a week. In the previous meeting, Woodbridge narrowly defeated the Warriors in another high-scoring affair, holding on to win 4-3 in Woodbridge. Emily Copeland-Dinan, Olivia Cooke and Kabangu each scored for WOSC in the losing effort.
West Ottawa are now in second place, behind Unionville Milliken SC who they will face for the first time in league action on Canada Day in Markham.
The Warriors’ next game is an L1 Cup game on Tues. June 27. They will face North Mississauga SC at the Oz Optics Stadium. The L1 Cup is a single-game knockout tournament. West Ottawa had a bye for the first round and will look to advance to the semi-final with a win on Tuesday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.