Saskatoon SK Impact win 2017 Saskatchewan women's championship
Posted on 17 September 2017 in ↳ Jubilee Trophy
Saskatoon SK Impact FC have won the 2017 Saskatchewan women's provincial championship to qualify for this year's Toyota National Championships. They will represent their province from 4-9 October in Surrey, British Columbia after winning the Saskatchewan title unchallenged.
Saskatoon SK Impact FC have now won the Saskatchewan Cup in back-to-back years unopposed in the women's provincial final. Head coach Abumere Okonofua will return to the 2017 Jubilee Trophy finals with the core of the team intact after finish seventh in 2016.
New faces to the Saskatoon team are University of Saskatchewan alumni Carmen Gorlick, Meagan Manson and Ali Goodman. Also joining the club are Brooklyn Cockburn, Hannah Costa, Taisa Gabruch, Cassidy Hayward, and Claire Stillwell. Returning players from the 2016 squad are Kelly Cerkowniak, Codi Corrigan Ens, Elizabeth Hudon, Michelle Keene, Sarah Keene, Alicia Middlebrook, Leanne Mylymok, Jenna Newton, Erica Parenteau, Megan Schenher, and Kathleen Schneider.
Of note, both Hudon and Schneider previously won bronze at the 2012 Toyota National Championships with Saskatoon Hollandia Impact, the best finish by a Saskatchewan club since the Jubilee Trophy finals were inaugurated in 1982.
In preparation of the 2017 Jubilee Trophy finals, Saskatoon SK Impact FC's schedule has included exhibition matches against the current University of Saskatchewan squad.
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.
Words and Photo by Lee Kormish