2013 All Stars : Impressive performance from Alberta U-15 Girls on Match-Day 3
Posted on 19 July 2013 in All Stars - Girls
Coming off a draw and a loss in their cross-over match, a rejuvenated Alberta side put in an impressive performance, defeating Manitoba/Saskatchewan by a score of 8:0. With the victory, Alberta tops Group Two on goal differential and advances the gold medal match where they will play Ontario.
Heading into the match, Alberta faced the task of winning by at least three goals to advance to Saturday’s final.
Wasting no time in adding to their goal totals, Kaylin Hermanutz gave Alberta the lead in the 4th minute as she volleyed home a loose ball at the left edge of the six-yard box. Hermanutz’s goal-scoring instincts were again on display moments later when she was first to pounce on a ball inside the six-yard box to give her team a two goal lead inside of the first 10 minutes.
Manitoba/Saskatchewan would come close to getting themselves back into the game when a pair of chances went awry mid-way through the half. In the 18th minute, Emily Kananoja lined up a shot near the penalty spot that was denied by a desperate block by an Albertan defender. Minutes later, Rebecca Martin squared herself to a bouncing ball inside the box but was unable to keep her volley below the cross-bar.
Alberta survived the scare and would add to their lead just before half-time as Yasmine Hall showed sublime technique in controlling a ball off her chest and driving home a left-footed volley.
After the break, Camilla Shymka would take over the scoring as she notched a natural hat-trick. Beginning in the 38th minute, Shymka’s back post-header would give her team the vital fourth goal, which ensured that they would progress to the final.
Shymka would continue to show her finishing quality with her next two goals as she kept her nerve on a partial break-away and from the penalty shot.
Alberta’s scoring was rounded out by Sienna Prince McPherson in the 66thminute and substitute Tehya Davey in the 68th minute. McPherson’s goal was especially memorable as she found the top corner with a hard left-footed strike.
In the final day of group play, British Columbia squared off against Atlantic for a chance to play for the bronze medal match. In what could be dubbed as the battle of the coasts, the east prevailed through a last minute goal scored by Jamie Baker. With the dramatic late goal, the Atlantic players were visibly overjoyed at the final whistle as they charged towards keeper, Haley Smith, who recorded the shutout. Final score 1:0.
Having already secured a berth in the final, Ontario defeated Quebec 2:0 in the cross-over match of the day. Tracy Pizarro Steffler opened the scoring for Ontario in the 11th minute before Nadya Gill provided the insurance marker late in the match. With the victory the home province finishes group-play with a perfect 3W-0L, scoring 11 goals for and conceding zero.