2013 All Stars : Crucial Match-Day 3 for U16 Girls
Posted on 19 July 2013 in All Stars - Girls
Match two of the day saw British Columbia narrowly defeat Manitoba/Saskatchewan by a score of 1:0.
Needing at least a six goal margin of victory, the west coast side was looking to fill the net to book their place in the gold medal match.
The urgency in the British Columbia side was evident in the early stages of the game as they attacked in numbers. The offensive strategy paid-off early as Manitoba/Saskatchewan were forced into making a foul at the edge of their penalty area in the 5th minute. The resulting free-kick saw Jenna Baxter strike a pile-driver that ricocheted of the keeper’s fingertips and hit the top corner of the net.
At the midway point of the half, British Columbia would come close to scoring again as they had an attempt cleared off the line by Manitoba and Saskatchewan’s centre back, Gabriella Limon. Limon showed that she had her defensive wits about her as he chased down a deflected shot that looked destined to give BC a two-goal advantage.
British Columbia’s continued pressure in the first-half would be to no avail as the score remained 1-0 at the break.
The second half-started much the same as the first with British Columbia committing players forward in a desperate attempt to improve their goal differential. Despite being under constant threat, the Manitoba/Saskatchewan back-line stood-up remarkably well to keep the score at 1-0.
As the half progressed, British Columbia looked most threatening off set-pieces but would be unable to add to their margin of victory.
With the result, Ontario wins Group Two on goal difference and advances to the gold medal match. Awaiting Ontario in the final is their provincial neighbours, Quebec, who previously secured top-spot in Group One with two straight victories.
In a game that had implications for the bronze medal match, Alberta overcame Atlantic by a score of 3:0. After a scoreless first-half, Kendra Baretta opened the scoring in the 42nd minute. The one-goal difference remained until the final five minutes when Georgia Bignold added consecutive strikes in the 64th and 65th minutes. Alberta keeper, Jamie Misiaszek recorded the clean-sheet. With the victory Alberta secured a place in the third place game.
In a preview of the gold medal match Quebec played Ontario to a 0:0 draw in the cross-over match of the day. With both team’s already assured of top spot in their respective groups, many starters were rested in preparation of Saturday’s final.