Ottawa, Beauport, Saskatoon and Edmonton reach 2016 Challenge Trophy semi-finals

Ottawa, Beauport, Saskatoon, and Edmonton Scottish have all advanced to the Challenge Trophy semi-finals at the 2016 Sport Check National Championships. Edmonton are the only club making back-to-back appearances in the semi-finals while Ottawa, Beauport and Saskatoon are all former championships from the past five years.

Both Challenge Trophy semi-final matches will be played at King George V Park in St. John's, Newfoundland Labrador. Ottawa Gloucester Celtic will face Royal-Sélect Beauport in the first semi-final at 09.30 local (08.00 ET / 05.00 PT) while Saskatoon HUSA Alumni will face Edmonton Scottish in the second semi-final at 12.00 local (10.30 ET / 07.30 PT). Both matches will be broadcast live via CanadaSoccer.com and Bell Alliant.

Ottawa were national champions in 2013 while Beauport were national champions in 2012 and runners up in 2009. Saskatoon were national champions in 2011 and reached the semi-finals in 2012, 2013, and 2014 before finishing fifth in 2015. Edmonton Scottish SC, meanwhile, are three time runners up (1992, 2012, 2015), but have yet to win the national Challenge Tropht.

Quarter-finals: Ottawa Gloucester Celtic (ON) 6:1 (NL) St. Lawrence Laurentians
Bezick Evraire scored two goals and recorded three assists in a 6:1 win to advance Ottawa Gloucester Celtic past St. Lawrence Laurentians. Evraire (twice) and Joey Kewin scored in the first half before Ryan Lauzon made it 4-0 early in the second half. After St. Lawrence's Marc Pittman cut the lead to 4-1, Kewin scored his second and Alex DeCouvreur scored late.

Quarter-finals: Royal-Sélect Beauport (QC) 1:1 (NB) Fredericton Picaroons Reds. Royal-Sélect Beauport win 5-4 on kicks from the penalty mark
Fredericton Picaroons Reds held a 1-0 lead for just 10 minutes before Papa Massamba Dione equalised in the last minute of the first half. Neither side found a winner in the second half, so kicks from the penalty mark were used to determine which team advanced. Royal goalkeeper Mario Gerges made two saves against Fredericton.

Quarter-finals: Saskatoon HUSA Alumni (SK) 3:1 (MB) FC Winnipeg Lions
Saskatoon HUSA Alumni scored late in the first half and then added two more in the second half en route to a 3:1 win over FC Winnipeg Lions. Winnipeg actually missed a penalty midway through the first before Garrett Peters opened the scoring in the 43rd minute. Jay Tomchuk then scored twice (once on a penalty) before Moreno Alberti scored for Winnipeg.

Quarter-finals: Edmonton Scottish (AB) 2:0 (AB) Edmonton Green & Gold
In a re-match of the Alberta provincial final, Edmonton Scottish were again the victors over Edmonton Green & Gold. Almir Gazic opened the scoring in the fourth minute and substitute Steven Wheeler scored the second goal in the 79th minute after a nice touch by Chris Lemire.

Consolation Round (9th to 12th place)
On the first of three round-robin match days, Surrey Pegasus FC won 4:1 over Western Halifax FC while PEI FC drew 1:1 with Mount Pearl FC. In the Surrey win, Chetan Jhooty scored two goals and earned man-of-the-match honours. In the other Saturday match, Mount Pearl's Scott Woodfine scored in the first half, but PEI FC's Cullen Mullally equalise in the second half.

Sport Chek National Championships
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.