Cavaliers 1 Queens 0
In their first game of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Championships, the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens soccer team lost to the host Champlain Saint-Lambert Cavaliers 1-0.
This is also the first time in program history that the Queens made it to the CCAA National Championships after they won the Alberta Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship two weeks ago.
Wednesday marked the first time the Queens lost a game since the first match of the regular season when they dropped a home contest to the SAIT Trojans.
After a scoreless first half with plenty of back and forth Wednesday, the Queens were given a golden chance at a scoring opportunity when midfielder Sofia Quinteros was awarded a free kick and Jenica Swartz headed the ball off the post.
Following that play late in the second half, the Cavaliers scored while on a breakaway that beat Queens’ goaltender Abby Kotyk.
That would be the lone goal of the game and for the first time this season, the Queens were shutout despite a record-breaking regular season with 89 goals.
The Queens will now take on the Les Rouges de Saint-Boniface in the bronze quarter-final Thursday morning at 8 a.m. MST.
On Tuesday night, Queens striker Sein Furuyama was recognized as a CCAA All-Canadian for her play this year. Furuyama, who is from Japan, had a season to remember leading the way for the Queens on the offensive end and breaking the ACAC single-season goal record.
Previously she won the ACAC South Rookie and Player of the Year and was named to the ACAC South Division All-Conference team.