Edmonton Victoria SC win 12th Alberta women's provincial title
Posted on 5 September 2017 in ↳ Jubilee Trophy
Edmonton Victoria SC tied a provincial record by winning their 12th Alberta women's title on Labour Day Monday. The six-time national champions won the Alberta women's provincial championship to qualify for the 2017 Toyota National Championships after a 3:2 victory over Edmonton Northwest United at the Calgary Soccer Centre.
"Our players were on a mission and we have been unbeaten all year," said Rick Haxby, the Edmonton Victoria SC's head coach. "We were very deep and our bench has been good."
Edmonton Victoria SC won their three most recent Jubilee Trophy national titles from 2013 to 2015, but then lost the 2016 provincial title in extra time to the two-time Alberta winners. Haxby's squad was keen to win back the provincial title in 2017 and return to the national stage.
"It is a good rivalry and they are always tough games against Edmonton Northwest," said Haxby. "It was sweet, we enjoyed it, and overall we played well, although we were a little sloppy near the end."
Northwest United struck first in the 25th minute, but then Heather Lund scored her first of three goals just four minutes later on a header from inside the box. Nikki Byrne provided the cross.
In the second half, Lund made it 2-1 on a penalty in the 49th minute and then 3-1 in the 63rd minute after an initial Olivia Chu line drive. Edmonton Victoria SC goalkeeper Jordan Boyle stopped a penalty attempt in the 88th minute before Northwest United finally got one back in the dying minutes. Edmonton Victoria SC held on for the 3:2 victory.
In the provincial final, Edmonton Victoria SC's starting lineup featured Jordan Boyle in goal, Kayla Michaels at right back, Keisha Wallin and Annalise Schellenberg at centre back, Jamie Pasemko at left back, and Nikki Byrne, Elise Emmott, Tori Martyn, Laura Kautz, Kristyn Shapka, and Heather Lund from the midfield up through to the attack. Olivia Chu, Megan Duro, Carleigh Miller, and Kaitlin Phillips all featured as substitutes while Elisa Stamatakis, Jessie Brown, Teri Kutryk, Katherine Simonson, and Maggie Zacsko dressed but did not feature. Morgan Corbett was unavailable through injury while Heather Young was away for a wedding.
Since 1980, both Edmonton Angels and Edmonton Victoria have won 12 Alberta provincial championships each. Before their three most recent national titles from 2013 to 2015, Edmonton Victoria won the Jubilee Trophy in 2004, 2005, and 2009. Edmonton Victoria won their first Alberta title back in 2002, two years after the Edmonton Angels won their 12th and last provincial title in 2000.
Canada Soccer’s Toyota National Championships serves as our nation’s premier amateur competition, with the 2017 edition featuring close to 600 clubs from across the country competing for a spot at one of three locations: the men’s Challenge Trophy and women’s Jubilee Trophy finals in Surrey, British Columbia; the boys and girls U-17 Cup finals in Fredericton, New Brunswick; and the boys and girls U-15 Cup finals in Calgary, Alberta. The Toyota National Championships provide a meaningful soccer experience for host cities and participating teams, as well as the players, coaches, support staff, officials, and volunteers. These competitions are complimented by both the Futsal Canadian Championship and the Canadian Championship featuring Canada’s professional clubs.