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Gaels women’s soccer team earns weekend sweep

[Queen's celebrates goals against RMC]
Queen's Gaels players celebrate a goal during Saturday's 3-0 win over the RMC Paladins in OUA soccer action. 

A quick roundup of Queen's Gaels teams and athletes in competition over the weekend:

WOMEN’S SOCCER

The Queen’s Gaels women’s soccer team (5-1-0) swept a home-and-home series with cross-town rivals the RMC Paladins (0-5-1) with 5-0 and 3-0 wins.

On Sunday at Richardson Stadium, the Gaels went ahead early with quick strikes by Jenny Wolever and Sarah Nixon. Alexandra Doane added a third before the break and Christie Gray and Andrea Meneses rounded out the scoring in the second half.

On Saturday at RMC, Erin Cliffe opened the scoring in the eighth minute and Jenny Wolever and Alexandra Doane added strikes following the break.

MEN’S SOCCER

The Queen’s Gaels men’s soccer team (5-2-0) earned a split on the weekend with a 2-1 win over the Toronto Varsity Blues (3-3-0) on Saturday and a 2-1 loss against the Ryerson Rams (6-0-1) on Sunday.

After Toronto opened the scoring in the 51st minute, the Gaels struck back five minutes later with Andrew Kim heading in the ball. Junior Kwame Addai then scored the winner on a breakaway in the 82nd minute.

On Sunday the Gaels tried to battle back again after the Rams scored a pair of early goals. Antoine Noel scored for the hosts in the 39th minute but couldn’t find the equalizer in the second half.

FOOTBALL

The Queen's Gaels (2-2) fell 42-39 to the No. 8 Carleton Ravens (3-1) during a Saturday afternoon thriller in Ottawa. The Gaels came back from a 19-point deficit to force overtime, but were unable to pull of the win.

Trailing 33-14 in the third quarter the goals quarterback Nate Hobbs took over with a pair of touchdown throws and a rushing score of his own. The Gaels outscored the Ravens 22-3 over the stretch to end 36-36 in regulation.

After Nick Liberatore kicked a 42-yard field goal in the second OT, the Ravens replied with a winning touchdown to take the game
 
MEN’S RUGBY

The Queen’s Gaels men’s rugby team (3-0) continued their dominant OUA play cruising to a 97-8 road victory over the Toronto Varsity Blues (0-3) on Saturday night.

The Gaels dominated the opening 25 minutes of the match, scoring 26 unanswered points before the Blues were finally able to get on the board with a penalty goal.

Nick DeLallo led the way with five tries while Sam Ibbotson added three and Ruaindh MacPhail had two.

WOMEN’S RUGBY

The Queen’s Gaels women’s rugby team (2-1) topped the McMaster Marauders (1-1) 34-14 on Sunday as the Gaels bounced back from a home loss last weekend, restoring their winning record in OUA play.

The Gaels grabbed an early lead and held on in a tight first half to enter the break up 8-0. The Gaels extended their advantage early in the second half, jumping out to a commanding 22-0 lead, only allowing the Marauders to score when the match was already well out of reach.

Sophie De Goede and Rachel Hickson both scored a pair of tries for the Gaels.

CROSS COUNTYRY

The home course of the next two U SPORTS national championships saw its first run of the season as the Queen's Gaels hosted their annual Invitational at Fort Henry Hill.

On the women's side, it was a clean sweep of the podium for the Gaels who also held down the fourth and eighth spots. Rookie runner Brogan MacDougall led the way finishing first in a time of 29:04.72 in the 8km race. Shortly behind MacDougall were Taylor Sills at 30:36.03, Makenna Fitzgerald at 30:36.72 and Jade Watson at 31:25.75. As a team, the Gaels finished first with 18 total points followed by Laurier at 42 and Nipissing at 79.

The Queen’s men swept the top five placings at the race and secured a perfect team score of 15 to claim the overall title. Laurier was the next closest team at 54 total points.

Mitchell de Lange finished in the top spot for Queen's in a time of 25:49.59 while Brett Crowley at 26:16.34, Matthew Flood at 26:20.34, Ruben Sansom at 26:30.18 and Mitchell Kirby at 26:43.28 rounded out the top five for Queen's.