Scarborough GS United win fourth Ontario Cup women's title

With report from Lauren Maharaj

Scarborough GS United won the 2016 Ontario Cup women's championship, their record fourth-consecutive title to qualify for the Sport Chek National Championships in St. John's, Newfoundland Labrador. Scarborough GS United won the Ontario Cup final 5:2 over Vaughan Azzurri at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan.

For the victory, Nicole Kozlova and Kodee Williams scored in the first half before teen stars Vital Kats, Kozlova (her second), and Deanne Rose scored in the second half. Scarborough GS United were up 3-0 before Kiyani Johnson and Olivia Lukasewich countered for Vaughan Azzurri.

"You have to play for 90 minutes and we thought they were a very good team," said John Williams, Head Coach of Scarborough GS United. "We found a way to score in the second half and that was the difference in the game."

Coach Williams explained that while his team dominated in the first half, Vaughan came back with the pressure in the second half. He also noted that the wind was a big factor in the match.

"We have a lot of respect for Vaughan," said Williams. "I don't know if it was the fatigue or the wind, but we weren't able to move the ball as simply as we usually do. We got the ball out and we had some fast runners up top (who) executed when it mattered."

In their run of four-straight Ontario Cup titles, Scarborough have defeated Vaughan twice (2014 and 2016) and both Richmond Hill Raiders (2013) and North London Galaxy (2015) once each.

In the Ontario Cup final, Scarborough GS United's starting XI featured Samantha Cawkell in goal, Melanie Forbes at right back, Sylvia Forbes and Danielle Blair at centre back, Nicole Campbell at left back, Laura Arduini, Emily Caza, and Vital Kats in the midfield, Kodee Williams and Deanne Rose on the wings, and Nicole Kozlova up front. Helen Frampton, Sinead Brown, Mariam El-Masri, and Shannen Jainudeen featured as substitutes while Amie Lin, Alexis Kirton, and Julianne Jumbne were dressed on the bench. Arin King, Gisenia Utreras, and Adrian Devlin were unavailable for the final.

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.