Edmonton Northwest United win Alberta provincial women's title

With report from Leanne McCarthy

Edmonton Northwest United SC won the 2016 Alberta women's championship, dethroning the three-time defending national champions Edmonton Victoria SC with an incredible, come-from-behind 3:2 victory after extra time. Down 0-2, captain Lauren Granberg scored twice - including the 88th minute equaliser - before Raehan McCarthy scored the 119th minute winner.

"We don't know what to do with our emotions right now," said captain Lauren Granberg after the comeback victory. "Each time we have been in the (Alberta) final, we keep thinking 'this is our time,' then 'this is our time.' We finally got the monkey off our back."

Eight years have passed since Northwest United last won the provincial title in 2008, with Victoria SC winning six of the last seven titles. Victoria SC nearly had a 12th provincial trophy in their showcase before Northwest United stole it in heroic fashion.

The win also qualified Northwest United SC for the 2016 Sport Chek National Championships Jubilee Trophy finals in St. Joh's, Newfoundland Labrador.

"We have worked so hard for this," said Head Coach Dean Cordeiro of Edmonton Northwest United SC. "It's been a five-year project. We have played some close games in a lot of provincial finals. The team has worked hard and they have been persistent and dedicated. Today was finally our time."

In the 5 September provincial final at Henry Singer Park in Edmonton, Victoria SC took a 2-0 lead on a pair of first-half goals by Heather Lund (5', 32'). Northwest United SC responded with a pair of second-half goals by Granberg (53', 88'). The first Granberg goal was a diving header from a Kelsey Mitchell free kick.

In extra time, Victoria SC committed the defensive miscue when a pass back was intercepted by goalscorer McCarthy just minutes from the final whistle.

"It feels great to finally dethrone them," said Cordero.

The match was played in front of approximately 175 fans and was also broadcast onlin via Sport Canada TV. Stars of the match were Lauren Granberg of Northwest United SC and Heather Lund of Victoria SC.

The Edmonton Northwest United SC team featured Emily Burns, Bianca Castillo, Shaelan Donovan, Raehan McCarthy, Suekiana Choucair, Sheena Tracey, Lindsay Boland, Jennifer Lam, Julia Ignacio, Tanya Boychuk, Rehana Murani, Kayla Evans, Meghan Oram, Erika Vecchi, Kayla Mostowich, Lauren Granberg, Kelsey Mitchell, Kristen Skrundz, Lauren Dluzewski, and Morgan Mah.

Canada Soccer’s Sport Chek National Championships run 5-10 October 2016, with the adult amateur competitions hosted this year in St. John’s, Newfoundland 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.