Saskatoon SK Impact FC win the 2018 Saskatchewan women's title

With files and photos from Lee Kormish

Saskatoon SK Impact FC won their third-straight Saskatchewan women's title to qualify for the 2018 Toyota National Championships Jubilee Trophy finals. The Saskatoon club won the two-leg SK Open Cup 8-0 on aggregate of Saskatoon Tsunami FC. SK Impact FC won both the 17 and 19 August matches by identical scores of 4:0.

In the Friday match, Eric Hindmarsh scored with a wonder free kick from only a few yards off the sideline. SK Impact FC then scored three more times in the first 10 minutes of the second half, led by Leanne Mylymock (two goals) and Michelle Keene. In the Sunday match, Kelly Cerkowniak and Elizabeth Hudon each scored twice. Goalkeeper Alicia Middlebrook posted back-to-back clean sheets.

Saskatoon SK Impact FC had won each of the past two provincial titles by acclamation, including 2016 when FC Regina backed out of the provincial final. 

In the second leg, SK Impact FC’s starting XI featured Alicia Middlebrook (goal), Leanne Mylymok Anderson, Jessica Bradford, Kelly Cerkowniak, Elizabeth Hudon, Michelle Keene, Sarah Keene, Meagan Manson, Erica Parenteau, Kathleen Schneider, and Caitlin Stove.

SK Impact FC’s lineup also featured Codi Corrigan Ens, Daniela Morgan, Erica Hindmarsh, Jade Houmphanh, and Sarah Laverty. Unavailable were Jenna Newton, Leesa Eggum, Ali Goodman (injured) and Brooklyn Cockburn (injured).

At the 2018 Toyota National Championships in Saskatoon, Saskatoon SK Impact FC will face the winners from British Columbia (Surrey United SC), Newfoundland Labrador (Holy Cross FC), and Nova Scotia. The eight-team competition runs from 3-9 October.

Canada Soccer’s Toyota National Championships serves as our nation’s premier amateur competition, with the 2018 edition featuring more than 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 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; the boys and girls U-17 Cup finals in Surrey, British Columbia; and the boys and girls U-15 Cup finals in Laval, Québec. 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.