Beauport break through to win first Jubilee Trophy championship
Posted on 10 October 2016 in ↳ Jubilee Trophy
Royal-Sélect Beauport won their first Jubilee Trophy at the 2016 Sport Chek National Championships in St. John's, Newfoundland Labrador. Three times runners up, the Royal broke through this year to capture their first national title.
Royal-Sélect Beauport won 2:0 over Richmond FC in the championship match at King George V Park on Teck Finals Day. Championship MVP Léa Chastenay-Joseph scored the opening goal in the first half followed by a Gabrielle Verret strike in the second half.
"We were perhaps a little nervous at the start of the match, but Léa's goal liberated us after which we were able to impose our game and play to our abilities," said Beauport coach Samir El Akkati after the 10 October win.
Beauport and Richmond reached the championship final after finishing first in their respective groups. After a draw in their last group match on Saturday, Beauport thought they would finish second instead of first in Group B. After Scarborough also drew in the final match on Sunday, however, Beauport's 2016 dreams suddenly turned back from bronze to gold.
It marked Beauport's fourth trip to the championship final in six years, having finished runners up in 2011, 2013, and 2015.
"We thought we were going to play in the bronze medal match, so when we realised we would be in the gold match, we thought maybe luck was on our side and maybe this would be our year," said Léa Chastenay-Joseph, who also finished as the tournament's top scorer.
"It was a great match and we played well, but perhaps (Richmond) was a little bit tired," said Marie-Mychèle Métivier after the win. "They played really well and I think both sides had chances in the game."
Indeed, there were three crossbars in the first half, one from either side while the game was still scoreless. Beauport's Joëlle Gosselin hit the crossbar in the 10th minute and then Richmond's Stefani Dick hit the forced a save off the other crossbar in the 20th minute. In between, Richmond's Jenna Richardson had a cracker of a chance on a left-footed volley from the top of the box.
Beauport finally broke through in the 33rd minute on a through ball by Jade Bourgoing. The 20-year old midfielder cut the defence with her pass that freed Chastenay-Joseph into the box to use her speed and touch to beat the goalkeeper.
"We know we have a lot of speed up front and we used it as best as we could," said El Akkati.
Before the end of the first half, Beauport would hit the crossbar again, this time after Emily Chu broke into the box. In the second half, however, Beauport imposed their game and Richmond was shut out.
In the 63rd minute, substitute Verret won a rebound off a tackle in the Richmond box and scored Beauport's second goal. Beauport had a few more chances to score after that - the best on a Daphnée Blouin breakaway in the 75th minute - but two would be all they would need on this day.
In the championship match, Beauport's XI featured Catherine Villeneuve in goal, Lara Vaillancourt at right back, Marie-Christine Gauthier and Cynthia Gaspar-Freire at centre back, captain Roxanne Dionne at left back, Jade Bourgoing, Laura Couture-Dallaire, and Joëlle Gosselin in the midfield, Daphnée Blouin at right wing, Marie-Mychèle Métivier at left wing, and Léa Chastenay-Joseph at centre forward.
In the second half, Gabrielle Verret, Rachel Collard, Joëlle Mercier, and Kathy Gosselin also saw action as substitutes. Sophie Bourassa, Carolane Croteau, Gabrielle Lapointe, Joëlle Morasse, and Marie Parent were also on the bench.
Sport Chek National Championships
Canada Soccer’s Sport Chek National Championships run 5-10 October 2016 in Moncton, New Brunswick, Lethbridge, Alberta, Vaughan, Ontario, and St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. At all age levels, the Sport Check National Championships provide a meaningful soccer experience for host cities and participating teams, as well as the players, coaches, support staff, officials, and volunteers.