Holy Cross win Newfoundland Labrador women's championship
Posted on 20 August 2017 in ↳ Jubilee Trophy
Holy Cross won a second-consecutive Newfoundland Labrador women's provincial championship to qualify for the 2017 Toyota National Championships Jubilee Trophy finals. The St. John's club won 4:0 over city rivals Feildians AAA, completing a provincial season in which they captured both the league and playoff titles.
Regular season and playoff MVP Jessie Noseworthy led the way with a first-half hat trick at Topsail Field in Conception Bay South. Jane Pope also scored for Holy Cross in the 19 August victory.
"We formed this team two years ago with a goal towards getting back to the Toyota National Championships under the Holy Cross banner on the women's side," said head coach Noel "Jake" Stanford. "We've done that (and next) we want to win national medals."
Noseworthy opened the scoring in the second minute on a diving header after the ball had hit the crossbar. Holy Cross then made it 2-0 in the 28th minute as Jane Pope scored on a cross from substitute Emily Bailey.
From there, things started to roll. Noseworthy made it 3-0 in the 35th minute and 4-0 in the 41st minute. Her second goal of the night was again a header while her hat trick goal came off a cross by Connie Lewis.
In full control, Holy Cross played out the second half to a 4-0 win.
"We wanted to score the first goal and we played a high pressure game, moving the ball on the floor and putting it into the attacking third as quickly as we could," said Stanford. "Kudos to the girls for their attitude and playing throughout the season. It was special that we were able to get every single player on the field during a championship match."
Holy Cross SC's starting XI featured Jamie Crocker in goal, Noelle Stanford at right back, Paula Whitten and Spencer Wilkins at centre back, Keisha Younge at left back, and Teri Murphy, Lauren Taylor, Nicole Torraville, Jessie Noseworthy, Jane Pope, and Maria Mackey from the midfield up through the attack. Jennifer Bent, Emily Bailey, Julie Crocker, Holly O'Neill, Melissa Reid, Anna AuCoin, Connie Lewis, and Taylor Doyle all featured as substitutes. Alyssa Armstrong was not available for the final.
"I think we peaked at the right time," said Noseworthy. "We had a very strong season and we were able to come together at the end."
Holy Cross now returns to National Championships Jubilee Trophy finals, which this year will be played in Surrey, British Columbia from 4-9 October. Said Noseworthy, "understanding the level of play at the (Jubilee Trophy finals) will help us better prepare for the experience and what to expect when we get there."
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 Colleen McConnell