West Ottawa Soccer Club will be well represented in the League1 Women’s All-Star game, which will see the League1 representatives face off against the Ontario Soccer U-18 Womens’ Canada Games squad. Four Warriors’ players will be in action when the two squads face each other on July 25 in a showcase of Ontario soccer talent.
Striker Arielle Kabangu and defender Vanessa Gilles will represent the Warriors on the all-star team. Kabangu is West Ottawa’s leading scorer and is among the top five scorers in the league (seven goals) while Gilles has been strong and solid for WOSC in the back throughout the season and has scored two goals of her own.
West Ottawa’s League1 assistant coach (and club head coach) Kwame Telemaque will join Kabangu and Gilles with the All-Stars as a member of the team’s technical staff.
Mollie Eriksson and Olivia Cooke will be a part of the Canada Games team that will face the League1 All-Stars as a part of their final tune-up before the Summer Games which begin on July 28 in Winnipeg. Cooke has proven herself to be a tough and dynamic player at the League1 level, netting five goals as the team’s second-leading goal scorer. Eriksson has been invaluable in net, with 1.55 goals-against average in 10 games played.
Congratulations and good luck to Arielle, Mollie, Olivia, and Vanessa!
The Warriors tied Unionville Milliken 1-1 in a battle of the top two League1 teams on July 14 at Beckwith Park.
A late goal by Melissa Harrison (86’) evened the score after Unionville Milliken pulled ahead just before halftime (45’). The draw maintained the visitors’ position as first in the league, while WOSC is now tied on points for second place.
The Warriors dominated the second half after falling behind, and as time ticked away they were able to create some fantastic scoring chances. A number of crosses came into the box that the attacking Warriors were unable to capitalize on, just missing the net on a number of occasions. In the end, it was a deflected shot from Harrison from the side of the 18-yard box that beat the Unionville keeper.
Unionville were able to capitalize on a moment of confusion in the midfield from West Ottawa to break the deadlock after a solid first-half performance from both teams in less than favourable conditions.
The Warriors will travel to Vaughan on Sunday to take on the Vaughan Azzurri. The next home game is August 11 when FC London comes to town.
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.
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