Halifax Dunbrack win eighth Nova Scotia women's championship
Posted on 22 August 2017 in ↳ Jubilee Trophy
Halifax Dunbrack SC won their eighth Nova Scotia women's provincial championship in nine years to qualify for the 2017 Toyota National Championships Jubilee Trophy finals. Halifax Dunbrack SC won 2:1 over Halifax County United SC in the 21 August final, with Kate MacDonald and Leanne Huck the goalscorers at Mainland Commons Field.
From eight provincial titles, this marks the fifth consecutive year in which Halifax Dunbrack have reached the Toyota National Championships. Halifax Dunbrack were Jubilee Trophy national winners in 2010 and third-place finishers in 2009 and 2011. They most recently finished in fifth place at the 2016 National Championships in St. John's, Newfoundland Labrador.
On the journey to Surrey in 2017, Halifax Dunbrack SC finished first in the Nova Scotia Soccer League with 12 wins, one draw, and two losses.
"We have an awesome team that's dynamic and has a lot of different types of players, so as the game goes on, our depth is key," said MacDonald, captain of Halifax Dunbrack SC. "We want to win, so we go all in to make that happen."
MacDonald opened the scoring in the 13th minute after Jeanette Huck initiated the play from the right side. Huck played it to Brianne Moore at the top of the box and she played it to Leanne Huck, who swung the ball to MacDonald. The initial chance on goal was stopped by Halifax County United goalkeeper Maris Miller, but MacDonald gathered the rebound and put it past Miller.
Leanne Huck then made it 2-0 in the 41st minute near the end of the first half. MacDonald delivered a corner kick into the box and, after an initial touch inside the box, was put away by Huck.
Halifax County United finally got one back in the 86th minute, but it was too little, too late. Ashley Poirier slipped in behind the backline, took a strike on goal from a wide angle, but the attempt was stopped by goalkeeper Tiffany O'Donnell. From the initial save, the ball deflected into the six yard box from which Michelle Yates capitalised on the loose ball for the 2-1 goal.
"Halifax County United is a great team and we knew there would be times where we would be under pressure and uncomfortable, so we relied a lot on our experience," said MacDonald.
Halifax Dunbrack SC's starting XI featured Tiffany O'Donnell in goal, Taylor Goodwin at right back, Candace Conrad and Kimberly Hardy at centre back, Jeanette Huck at left back, and Adelle Goodfellow, Kate MacDonald, Rachelle LaLande, Brianne Moore, and Rieka Santilli from the midfield up through to the attack. Coach Derek Gaudet also featured Meagan McKenna, Monica Diab, Ally Read, Jenna Boudreau, Holly Buckler, and Lianna deKoe as substitutes in the second half. Ashley Blank and Jayden Boudreau dressed but did not feature; April Trowbridge, Jessica Lush, and Melissa Gaudet were not available.
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.
With photo and files from Soccer Nova Scotia