Scarborough GS United win fifth straight Ontario Cup women's title
Posted on 11 September 2017 in ↳ Jubilee Trophy
Scarborough GS United are the first team to win five consecutive Ontario Cup women's championships. Scarborough GS United won the 2017 title on Saturday 9 September, a 3:1 victory over Durham United to qualify for the Toyota National Championships.
Shannen Jainudeen, Gisenia Utreras, and Shana Flynn were the Scarborough goalscorers in the 9 September victory at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan. Centre back Arin King was Scarborough's player of the match.
"We had a very deep team and we had players available at the right time," said Scarborough coach John Williams. "We make sure that the Ontario Cup is our goal and we do our homework to take this competition seriously."
Jainudeen opened the scoring in the first minute with an assist from Andrea Raso. Utreras then made it 2-0 near the end of the first half with a rocket from just beyond the box. Raso again provided the assist.
Durham United's Bianca Rossi cut into Scarborough's lead in the 71st minute. Just two minutes later, however, Shana Flynn restored Scarborough's two-goal lead with an assist from Taijah Henderson.
"We knew we were going to pressure them early and try to limit their possession," said Williams. "We wanted to make sure they were not playing through the middle because they are a talented team, especially in the midfield."
Scarborough GS United will compete in the Toyota National Championships Jubilee Trophy finals from 4-9 October in Surrey, British Columbia.
In the Ontario Cup final, Scarborough GS United's starting XI featured Lauren Cadel in goal, Rachel Matthews at right back, Danielle Blair and Arin King at centre back, Nicole Carvalho at left back, Samantha Cawkell and Samantha Chang at midfield, Gisenia Utreras and Michele Dell'Aquila on the wings, and Andrea Raso and Shannen Jainudeen up front. Nicole Campbell, Sara Di Benedetto, Shana Flynn, Taijah Henderson, Amie Lin and Jenelle Niles all featured as substitutes while Kylie Bordeleau dressed but did not feature. Sylvia Forbes and Jackie Furtado were injured while Maxine Munchie was unavailable for the final.
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.