Girls U-18 Cup: Manitoba upset BC to win on Day 1
Posted on 7 October 2015 in National Championships
FC Northwest of Winnipeg made the perfect start to the U-18 Cup at the Sport Chek National Championships in Prince Edward Island with a 1-0 win over Surrey United of BC.
It was a hard fought, but well deserved win for the Manitoba champions, who throughout the game, played under sunny skies at the Terry Fox Complex in Cornwall, created the clearer cut scoring opportunities.
The first-half was a cagey affair with the dominant players all appearing on the back-line, with Northwest’s Gabrielle Vivier-Hannay, and Marianne Spring of Surrey, marshalling their defensive colleagues with great maturity. Neither goalkeeper was seriously tested, but Alexis Gore in the Surrey net was arguably the busier of the two.
The second half was a different affair as both teams went for the win, and it looked as if Northwest were going to take the lead on the hour mark when Carina MacLennan found herself through on goal, only to be denied by an excellent save from Gore.
With the Manitoba team exerting greater pressure, the breakthrough finally came with 15 minutes left, when the impressive left-back Madeline Comeau sent over a deep cross that was not dealt with by the Surrey defence. The ball fell to midfielder Hailey Lavarias, who made no mistake with a left-footed drive from 12 yards out into an open net.
The goal sparked Surrey into life and they had a series of corners and half-chances, the closest of which saw Northwest captain Gelsomina Vanderhooft stop a goalbound shot while standing on the line. In stoppage time Surrey thought they had equalized when Isabella Roque found herself clear of the defence, but her shot hit the outside of the post, with keeper Fordyce beaten.
Manitoba celebrated at the final whistle, while Surrey were left scratching their heads, wondering how they had let it slip by.
Northwest coach Al Peacock was delighted at the end with his team’s efforts.
“We had a plan to concentrate on keeping it tight in defence and we stuck to it. We also created some great opportunities, and we deserved the win. This will give us great confidence for the rest of the tournament.”
Goalscorer Hailey Lavarias could not hide her delight at the end.
“It was just amazing to score the only goal, and with my weaker foot. After that we just played on adrenaline, our defence was awesome, and it feels great to win.”
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