Concordia Soccer: A Devastating Loss to End the Weekend

Stingers Women’s Team Scoreless in Loss to Sherbrooke, Drops to 5th in RSEQ Standings

Defender Gabriela Padvaiskas is sent flying through the air after a challenge with Sherbrooke’s Frédérique Surprenant in Concordia’s 3-0 loss to the Sherbrooke Vert et Or on Sunday, Sept. 21st, 2014. Photo Laura Lalonde

The Concordia Stingers women’s soccer team learned a tough lesson in Sunday’s loss to the Sherbrooke Vert et Or: when it rains, it pours.

“We started a bit slow in the beginning,” said midfielder Alex Dragan. “We picked it up, but they just capitalized on the mistakes that we made.”

After a goalless draw in their Friday night encounter against UQTR, the Stingers were trounced 3-0 in their Sunday afternoon matchup versus the Vert et Or.

It took 10 minutes to see the game’s first goal, as Anne Gauthier-Dussureault took advantage of a rebound let go by Stingers goalkeeper Alexandra Lato.

In the 22nd minute, Vert et Or midfielder Laura Veilleux struck a shot into the net to take a 2-0 lead into the second half.

While the Stingers had a better start to the second half, their efforts to score were not enough to get back in the game.

Sherbrooke’s Laurence Brien-Roch silenced the home team crowd and killed any remaining momentum the Stingers had with a goal in the 79th minute to end the game 3-0.

Despite the loss, Dragan tried to remain positive. “[We’ll] just work on out weaknesses in practice and come back harder next game,” she said.

Defenceman Laurence Thiverge did the same.

Defender Alyssa Ruscio controls the ball during Concordia’s 3-0 loss to the Sherbrooke Vert et Or on Sunday, Sept. 21st, 2014. Photo Laura Lalonde

“We’re a strong team,” she said.

“We’re playing Montreal next Friday, and McGill next Sunday. We have a strong team, a strong line; we can do this, [but] we have to forget Friday’s game. We tied UQTR, and today’s loss, we have to forget it.”

Head coach Jorge Sanchez’s squad now has three losses on the season, along with two victories and a draw, and he expects that his team will keep pushing themselves as they move forward.

“[The players] know what the job is, they know what the objectives are,” Sanchez said.

“A lot of it is on them to find ways keep themselves motivated. It’s not always about [the coaching staff] motivating them, it has to be inside of them.”