Fredericton Picaroons Reds wins women's final in New Brunswick

With report from Nick Bransfield

Fredericton Picaroons Reds won the 2016 McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League women's championship after a 3:2 a.e.t. victory over Moncton Codiac First Touch. Amanda Kenny scored the winning goal just four minutes from the final whistle in extra time.

The Fredericton Picaroons Reds had already been declared New Brunswick's representatives at the 2016 Sport Chek National Championships Jubilee Trophy women's competition before the provincial final. Regardless of this honour, the Fredericton club wanted to finish their provincial season on top, which they did at home at BMO Centre in Fredericton.

Courtney Strba made it 1-0 in the second minute, a lead Fredericton would hold throughout the first half. Moncton's Emilie Naugle then tied it up in the 54th minute, but Amanda Kenny made it 2-1 just 12 minutes later.

In the dying minutes, Taryn MacMillan equalised for Moncton to send the match into extra time. Fredericton's Kenny scored the winner in the 116th mintue while Sarah Bujold hit the post in agony in the 121st minute.

"It was amazing," said two-goal hero Amanda Kenny. "It felt really good to score that last goal... I just took it and shot it."

Kenny was selected Fredericton's player of the match while Bujold was selected Moncton's player of the match.

In the provincial final, Fredericton Picaroons Reds' starting XI featured Sami Jo Bell in goal, Lacey Purdy at right back, Hayley Gates and Laura McNicholas at centre back, Vanessa Pettersson at left back, Michelle DeCourcey, Kayla Painter, and Chelsey Leahy in the midfield, and Lauren Cubbon, Megan Spicer, and Courtney Strba up front. Also in the Fredericton lineup were Rachel Greechan, Louisa Hughes, Emily Sarty, Lindsey Lohnes, and Amanda Kenny. The head coach is Jonathan Crossland.

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.