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Alberta, Ontario leading the way at U-18 Cup in Vaughan, ON

Posted on 8 October 2016 in National Championships

Day 3 of the Sports Chek National Championship saw some very evenly matched teams, and one dominant win from the Boys U-18 Cup leaders in Group B. The Girls U-18 Cup continued with a quartet of matches at the Vaughan Grove Sports Park. Early goals were the story of the day with three matches seeing the deadlock broken within the first ten minutes of play. Quebec's Varennes put an end to the poor start with an impressive win, while Ontario's Kitchener continued their strong form, winning a third-straight match.

U-18 BOYS

Calgary Foothills FC (AB) 11:0 FC Regina (SK)
Calgary Foothills FC put in a dominant performance against FC Regina in the first match on Day 3, winning their third match 11:0. Mason Ogoke opened the scoring when he slotted his shot home within the first 15 minutes of the match. The Foothills continued to pressure Regina throughout the first half, and were able to score two more goals just before the half ended. The scoring didn’t stop there, as the Foothills scored three more goals within the first 15 minutes of the second half. Chet Kulcsar came off the bench and put his side up 4:0, while Liam Franke stepped up and finished his penalty kick for a 5:0 lead. Zachary Macdonald would then curl a shot from at the edge of the box, to give his side a 6:0 lead over Regina. Colin Purnell and Ogoke would add to their goal totals on the day, to give their side a 8:0 lead before the 70th minute. Purnell scored his third of the match after he was left unmarked inside the box. Purnell wasn’t done yet, tapping in his fourth on the day. The match ended 11:0 for the Foothills, as Kulcsar scored his second in the 77th. Calgary is now on top of Group B with a record of 3-0-0.

Coquitlam Metro-Ford (BC) 2:1 Halifax City SC (NS)
It was an even matchup between Coquitlam Metro-Ford and Halifax City SC, as both clubs created numerous chances on goal and moved the ball well throughout the match. Coquitlam would get a head start to the second half, pressuring Halifax City to make mistakes in their defensive third, which lead to their first goal in the 48th off a headed effort from Jacob Low. Halifax would answer back with a penalty kick goal in the 64th, off a nicely slotted shot from Cian Osiadhail-Tousignant. Coquitlam did find a way to regain the lead in the 74th, thanks to Sohrab Sarhardi. Halifax’s late corner kicks were not enough for them to get a point from this match.

CS- Repentigny (QC) 2:2 Feildians Athletic Association (NL)
Another even matchup on day 3 had CS-Repentigny and Feildians Athletic Association go down to the wire and earn both clubs a point. The first half showed both teams share possession, but CS-Repentigny would begin the second half with good ball movement and attacking Feildians on the wings. Feildians were close to taking the lead in the 45th, but their header was denied by the crossbar. CS-Repentigny had a great chance to take the lead in the 53rd off a penalty kick, but Philippe Proulx put his shot over the bar. CS-Repentigny did answer back three minutes later off a nice run, which was tipped under a rushing Marcus Greene and tapped in by second half substitution, Mathieu Loyer. Feildians answered back in the 68th off a scramble in the box, which saw Joshua Taylor slot it home to tie this match at 1:1. Emmanuel Dolo of Feildians was all over the place with his runs throughout the match, and was rewarded with the go ahead goal in the 78th to give his side the late lead. That didn’t last too long, as CS-Repentigny were able to score the tying goal in the 80’+2, off a rebound.

Woodbridge Strikers (ON) 2:1 Codiac Soccer (NB)
After winning their first match and losing their second 3:0, the Woodbridge Strikers were in need of a win. The Strikers got on the board first in the 11th, off a nice run down the middle from Daniel Korkis. Codiac would answer back 10 minutes later, thanks to a low cross that was tipped in by a Woodbridge defender. Both teams would have good chances 10 minutes apart in the second half, but both attempts were unable to hit the target. Andre Leblanc of Codiac was able to make some key saves to keep his side in the match, but it was Korkis who would find the back of the net again in the 74th to give his side a late 2:1 lead, and the eventual winner.

U-18 GIRLS

Edmonton Internazionale (AB) 1:1 Saltfleet Stoney Creek Black (ON)
The day's opening contest pitted Edmonton Internazionale from Alberta against Ontario side Saltfleet Stoney Creek Black. Internazionale got off to an early start, taking the lead in the 6th minute when Jennifer McIntyre found space for a shot inside the Saltfleet area, picking out the bottom left-corner of goal with a strong right-footed effort. Saltfleet looked to respond throughout the rest of the half with long spells of possession, but were unable to find the breakthrough. Internazionale nearly doubled their advantage at the start in the second half through Lauren Dluzewski, but Saltfleet's pressure would eventually lead to an equalizer when Megan Nixon was taken down in the area. Nixon herself converted the penalty kick in the 72nd minute to level the match. With the 1-1 draw, both sides remain unbeaten, but muddy their perfect winning starts to the competition.

Varennes (QC) 6:0 Saskatoon Celtics (SK)
The second match saw Quebec champions Varennes duel against Saskatchewan representatives Saskatoon Celtics. Varennes opened the scoring in the first minute of play, when Marianne Blain and Saskatoon keeper, Rachel Dorais, both went for the same ball at the top of the box, it squirted loose and rolled into the unguarded net. Varennes doubled their lead in the 21st minute, again through Blain, this time bending a right-footed shot around the keeper after a run up the right flank. The Quebec side would add a third shortly after the half-time break through Danahe Pelland in the 41st minute and a fourth in the 49th minute from Emmanuelle Barrette. Their fifth of the match would come in the 65th minute when Alexiane Marquis nipped in front of the Saskatoon keeper to flick a header into the goal. And a sixth in the 77th minute would round out the victory for Varennes, Caroline Boulanger striking from distance. The 6-0 win was Varennes first of the week, overturning a pair of defeats, while the defeat added to Saskatoon's losing start.

Kitchener Spirit (ON) 4:1 Fredericton DSA (NB)
Up next was a competitive affair between Kitchener Spirit of Ontario and Fredericton DSA, representing New Brunswick. The Ontario side continued the day's trend of early goals, taking an 8th minute lead through Samantha Hayes. Kitchener would double their tally in the 24th minute via Hayes' second of the afternoon, beating the Fredericton keeper with a right-footer from inside the area. But Fredericton would pull one back before half-time. Silvia Fullarton pressured the Kitchener keeper, getting just enough on her clearance attempt to block it, rebounding the ball into the net. Come the second half, Kitchener turned on the gas, added two more goals, fifteen minutes apart, to complete the scoring. Christine Sullivan tallied both, placing a tight-angled shot from the right, inside the far-post in the 60th minute and then with a shot from distance in the 71st. With the victory, Kitchener continues their winning ways, racking up a third-straight to start the competition. The loss was Fredericton second of the tournament in as many games.

FC Northwest (MB) 1:1 St. John's SC (NL)
The final match of the afternoon saw FC Northwest of Manitoba take on St. John's SC of Newfoundland. After a close fought opening passing, Northwest took the lead in the 29th minute when Camryn Fyfe stole up the right on a quick break before feeding a ball into the middle for Jasmine Lotey to convert. The side from Manitoba were determined to add to their lead after losing their first two matches, but were caught in stoppage time and would be forced to settle for the draw. The St. John's goal came in the first minute after regulation when a shot rebounded off the left post and fell kindly into the middle for Holly O'Neil, who touched into the open net to level the match. Both sides end day three of competition without a victory.

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