Richmond FC wins BC Cup provincial women's title

Richmond FC defeated their "nemesis" North Shore Girls SC to win their first BC Cup women's premier title. The Richmond club won 4:0 in the 15 May final at Westhills Stadium in Langford, British Columbia, earning the province's lone spot at the 2016 Sport Chek National Championships in St. John's, Newfoundland Labrador.

Jenna Richardson was the star with goals on either side of the break, while Jaclyn Dunnett and Shanay Sangha added late goals to help secure the victory. Goalkeeper Margaret Ciccozzi and her defensive line posted the clean sheet.

Richmond FC are the first club from Richmond to qualify for the Sport Chek National Championships Jubilee Trophy finals since Richmond Seniors represented British Columbia on the national stage in 1985 and 1986 (twice runners up to Edmonton Angels). 

"Our players have all worked so hard and I am so happy with each one of them," said Jim Caldwell, the Richmond FC head coach.

In the provincial final, Richardson opened the scoring in the 28th minute after turning and firing on a pass from Sangha. Then shortly after the break, she made it 2-0 in the 47th minute on a cross - again from the left - by Julie-Anne Toda.

In the 80th minute, a cross into the box was headed forward by Kelly Cook and fired into goal by Dunnett. Then in added time, a Hayley Flower-Ainge long ball was chipped by Sangha over the goalkeeper for a 92nd-minute goal.

Said Caldwell of the Sunday final, "player for player, we had the extra speed, better skill set and good work ethic."

In the BC Cup final, the Pegasus FC starting XI featured Margaret Ciccozzi in goal, Brooke Lemire at right back, Kelly Cook and Sydney Morrison at centre back, Claire Chevreau at left back, Shannon Reykdal, Emma James, and Rachel Ramsden in the midfield, Shanay Sangha and Jenna Richardson on the wings, and Caitlin Davie up front.

Richmond's lineup also featured Stefani Dick, Jaclyn Dunnett, Hayley Flower-Ainge, Julie-Anne Toda, Jennifer Deacon, Cassandra Sammarco, and Sydney Harrison. Claire Reynolds was unavailable through injury while Stephanie Thibert is pregnant and has spent the season as team physiotherapist. 

On the journey to St. John's, Richmond FC won 5:0 over Abby United in the provincial quarter finals and then 1:0 over Coquitlam Metro Ford SC in the provincial semi finals.

At St. John's 2016, Richmond FC will face four opponents in the group phase: Saskatchewan representatives on 5 October; Fredericton Picaroons Reds on 6 October; Alberta representatives on 8 October; and Nova Scotia representatives on 9 October. Richmond FC will need to win their group to qualify for the 10 October Teck Finals for a chance to lift the national Jubilee Trophy.

Canada Soccer’s Sport Chek National Championships have served as our nation’s premier amateur competition for more than 100 years, with the men’s competition inaugurated in 1913 and the women’s competition inaugurated in 1982. 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. These competitions are complimented by both the Futsal Canadian Championship (since 2015) and the Amway Canadian Championship featuring Canada’s professional clubs (since 2008).