2013 All Stars: Missed penalty kick costs Alberta U-15 Girls title to Ontario
Posted on 20 July 2013 in All Stars - Girls
Regulation was not enough to settle the U-15 gold medal match as Ontario defeated Alberta 6-5 from the penalty spot. The game ended 1:1 through 70 minutes of play after the teams traded goals on either side of half-time. Opening the scoring was Ontario’s Nadya Gill before Kaylin Hermanutz equalized for Alberta.
The match started brightly as strikers Camilla Shymka of Alberta and Nadya Gill of Ontario demonstrated their offensive talents in the early moments.
Coming off a hat-trick in the final opening-round game, Shymka showed her pace in the 7th minute as she outran her marker down the left-wing before being denied by a well-timed Ontario tackle inside the six-yard box.
Moments later, Gill snaked her way between two Alberta defenders before having an attempt on goal deflect wide.
Midfielder Avery Lakeman of Alberta would be the next to try her luck as she had a couple of long-range shots denied by the Ontario keeper, Rylee Foster. In both cases, Avery forced Foster into making smart saves to her right.
The first goal of the match would come in the 33rd minute as the ever dangerous Nadya Gill delivered a cross to the back post that was unluckily re-directed into the net by a defender from Alberta.
After an evenly played first half, Ontario headed into the break with a slight 1-0 advantage.
Early in the second half, Alberta responded with a goal from midfielder Kaylin Hermanutz who was the beneficiary of an errant pass from Ontario keeper, Natalie Grossi (came on at the half).
In the lead-up to the goal, Grossi charged off her line to break-up an Alberta attack before directing the ball into the path of Hermanutz. With the ball at her feet 30-yards out, Hermanutz kept her cool and looped a high shot over the head of Grossi that eventually found the back of the net. Ontario defender, Meghan Scott, attempted to chase down the goal-bound strike but was a fraction late.
Both teams fought hard for the winner, but the match remained deadlocked at the end of regulation.
Alberta shot first from the spot and as she has done for the entire tournament, Camilla Shymka kept her cool and finished to the bottom right corner.
Haley Kostyshyn was up next for Ontario and made no mistake with her spot kick, finishing to the top right corner.
Sienna Prince-McPherson scored next for Alberta with a left-footed shot, before Meghan Scott of Ontario converted her penalty.
Up next was winger Yasmine Hall of Alberta, who confidently finished her penalty kick as she drove her kick to the keeper’s right.
Goalkeeper Meghan Brown of Alberta then made the first-save of the shootout as she excellently parried Morgan Blair’s attempt.
After the save, Avery Lakeman of Alberta and Tracy Pizarro Steffler of Ontario traded goals, giving Alberta the opportunity to win the match with the final shot.
With the gold medal on the line, Natalie Grossi of Ontario remarkably made a save as she pushed the ball off the post to safety.
Both teams continued to find the net during the sudden death portion of penalty kicks with Sydney Little scoring for Alberta and Elizabeth Pechersky scoring for Ontario.
Kiera Fujimoto of Alberta would then step up to the mark and blast a shot high over the cross bar.
With the miss, it was now Ontario’s turn to claim the gold medal from the spot and striker Nadya Gill made no mistake in finishing her shot low to the bottom left corner.
In claiming the 2013 Canadian Soccer Association National Championships U-15 Girls All Stars title, Ontario won four straight games, scoring 12 goals for and conceding one.
In the bronze medal match, Quebec defeated Atlantic by a score of 1:0.
British Columbia defeated Manitoba/Saskatchewan by a score of 3:0.