Winnipeg WSA North Stars win Manitoba Cup women's championship

With report from Eric MacLise

Winnipeg WSA North Stars won the 2016 Manitoba Cup women's championship, their fourth provincial title in seven years. With a 2:0 win over Winnipeg CCS Sweatshack, the champion WSA North Stars qualified for the Sport Chek National Championships for the first time since 2013.

Brooklyn Dyce and Patricia Romeo were the goalscorers for WSA North Stars, with both goals scored in the second half. Dyce scored on a penalty in the 67th minute while Romeo scored after a beautiful pass from Daniella Scerbo in the 90th minute.

Of the championship season, WSA North Stars head coach William Rosales said, "it was commitment. Last year we lost in the final and that really hurt. The commitment was the difference this year." 

WSA North Stars previously won the Manitba Cup in 2010, 2012, and 2013, but they lost the provincial final in both 2014 and 2015. The club has been led by coach Rosales since 2012. Brooklyn Dyce, star of the 26 August 2016 match in Winnipeg, scored in both the 2015 and 2016 provincial finals, albeit this year in a winning cause.

In the provincial final, WSA North Stars' starting XI featured Justina Jarmoszko (goal), Elyce Molyneaux, Alison Clarke, Janna Kinnarath, Megan Maxfield, Laura Stewart, Emma Romanica, Justy Linton, Patricia Romeo, Anisha Kinnarath, and Brooklyn Dyce. Coach Rosales featured Emma MacLennan, Daniella Scerbo, and Amanda Hince Siwicki as substitutes. He had Kayla Jacobsen, Serafina Trunzo, Taeva Pathammavong, and Julie Christie dressed on the bench.

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.