Day 2: Jubilee Trophy finals group stage at St. John's 2016
Posted on 6 October 2016 in ↳ Jubilee Trophy
A sunny day, little wind and temperatures into the high teens made it a gorgeous day at the 2016 Sport Chek National Championships in Mount Pearl and South Conception Bay, Newfoundland Labrador. Four more matches - two from each group - were played on 6 October, the second day of the Jubilee Trophy women's competition.
Results in group A action all but spelled out who will be playing for the medals later on in the tournament. Edmonton Northwest United survived a scare from Saskatoon Impact FC, but won 2:0. Richmond FC took care of business by beating Fredericton Picaroons Reds 1:0.
In group B it was a heavy-weight tilt between Scarborough GS United and Royal-Sélect Beauport that captured the attention on this day. Neither team could find the breakthrough winner as it ended in a 0:0 draw. Finally, it was an all Newfoundland affair with Holy Cross SC getting the better of CBS Kirby United, winning 1:0 in a rematch of last month's provincial final.
Group A – Edmonton Northwest United (AB) 2:0 (SK) Saskatoon Impact FC
Edmonton had Saskatoon on their heels early in the match but could not find their way through. Saskatoon keeper Alicia Middlebrook denied the two shots she faced in opening frame.
Scoreless at halftime it was Saskatoon who looked the more dangerous at the turn. Not once, but twice the crossbar would save the day for Edmonton: both Leanne Mylymok and Erica Parenteau found the woodwork on long range shots. The latter was a free kick that Emily Burns was able to parry off the bar and out.
Moments later Tanya Boychuk found a streaking Raeghan McCarthy. With goalkeeper Alicia Middlebrook charging, McCarthy passed the ball by her into the net. Ten minutes later, a penalty was awarded to Edmonton after Jenna Newton hauled down Lindsay Boland in the box. McCarthy converted the penalty for her second of the game.
Group A – Richmond FC (BC) 1:0 (NB) Fredericton Picaroons Reds
For the second straight game Richmond FC would come away with the narrowest of margins while shutting out their opponents. This time it was Jaclyn Dunnett who scored the only goal late in the match. Goalkeeper Margaret Ciccozzi picked up her second consecutive clean sheet of the tournament.
After two days all signs are pointing toward the Richmond – Edmonton match on Saturday as a big decider who will be playing for what medals from group A.
Group B – Scarborough GS United (ON) 0-0 (QC) Royal-Sélect Beauport
The highly-touted match of the day featured power houses Scarborough and Beauport. It was a physically-demanding affair in what may have been the best game of the tournament thus far. In a match that saw a lot of good hard challenges, there would be nothing that could separate these two sides on the score sheet this day. The match ended scoreless 0:0.
Group B – Holy Cross SC (NL) 1-0 (NL) CBS Kirby United
It was a large home crowd on hand to witness the all Newfoundland affair. Tightly contested, either team could have walked away with the three points. In the 31st minute, Holy Cross’ Maria Mackey headed the ball over the keeper towards goal. Defender and captain Nicole Moores lunged to save the ball off the line and keep the score deadlocked.
In the 45th minute Holy Cross goalkeeper was called upon to make a massive toe stop off the foot of dangerous striker Malorie Harris who had found herself in alone behind the defence.
Early in the second half, it was another breakaway, this time by Kirby’s Kristina Weatherbie. After displaying some nifty foot work, Weatherbie got her around the last defender. With only the goalkeeper to beat she rattled it off the post.
It was finally in the 70th minute that Holy Cross opened the scoring. Kaelyn Burke powered a low strike from the top of the 18, off the post and in to make it 1-0. That marker would stand as the winner and Holy Cross would retain bragging rights over Kirby in Canada’s most eastern province.
2016 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.