July 14, 2024
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OSU Atletico Draw Even Against Second-Place Griffons

By on June 21, 2024 0 530 Views

Ontario’s sole Ligue1 Quebec team was in action Wednesday night for a mid-week bout against CS Mont-Royal Outremont. Ultimately, the eighth-place OSU would hold down the fort against a strong CSMRO side, forcing them to a nil-nil draw and splitting the points.

L’Ecole Franco-Cite in Ottawa’s Alta Vista neighbourhood played host to the two squads in place of OSU’s normal pitch at Carleton University’s TAAG Park. In front of a small but mighty home crowd, the Atletico Ottawa-affiliated roster took to the pitch in a new and refined format.

There were several notable additions to OSU’s roster including #70 Loic Gunn, who joins the Coach Vlad Vrsecky’s side with pedigree. A former NCAA DII prospect with the University of North Georgia Nighthawks, Gunn was also a key player in the University of Cape Breton Capers’ 2021 AUS championship. More recently Gunn has joined fellow OSU teammates Daniel Assaf and Omar Darwish on the Carleton Ravens for the 2024 OUA season.

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Gunn and his defending teammates would be instrumental in maintain OSU Atletico’s defensive structures against an unrelenting Griffons offence.

The first half remained relatively tame with OSU Atletico adopting a similar style of play as their parent club has utilized in the past, featuring a defensively-set posture that rebounds in a counter attack.

OSU Head Coach Vrsecky remained slightly displeased, however, with his roster’s offensive pushes.

“We didn’t create enough chances to be dangerous…we are very solid in the first two-thirds where we are able to build up very well. But we struggle in that last third to create chances. We have to work on the attacking phase.”

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As the match progressed and the humidity of the heat wave hitting the nation’s capital began to set in, both sides were presented with multiple opportunities to break the deadlock. These would be thwarted by repeated blocks by either sides keepers – including a miraculous diving stop by Griffons goalie Valentin Lamoulie – which ensured that neither side would get the upper hand.

Ultimately, the blood and sweat spilled by both teams would be for not as Referee Andrew Buciora’s final whistle would cement the result.

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Speaking after the match, CS Mont-Royal Captain Louis-Philippe Campagna touched on how matches like the such are paramount as his side looks to close the gap on first place.

“When we are in matches with higher-ranked teams like St. Laurent, we really have to fight. But sometimes we slip in these mid-table matches where we should be securing all three points”.

Campagna added that the team’s success comes when the squads ‘plays our game and… [is] more realistic when in front of the net.’

Sitting in 8th place in Ligue1 Quebec, OSU Atletico return to the pitch on Sunday June 23 as they host the 4W-2D-3L CS St-Hubert Spatiale at home. The Mont-Royal Griffons on the other hand have taken their one point from tonight and have placed themselves officially into second, in hot pursuit of first-place FC Laval.

[Author’s note: the interview with CS Mont-Royal Outremont captain Louis-Philippe Campagna was conducted in French and then translated from French to English for the purposes of this article.]

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