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League1 Canada Women’s Review – Week 1

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In the first of a new series, Northern Tribune will be providing a weekly recap of everything that went on in the previous week of League1 Canada action. This article will touch upon the women’s leagues. You can find the men’s recap here.

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While League1 Alberta action does not occur until May, we still had plenty of football occur across League1 BC, League1 Ontario, and Ligue1 Quebec. Here is a look back at what happened, and where things are at early on in the campaign:

League1 BC: Whitecaps, Burnaby Off to Quick Start

The first games of the League1 BC season took place on Sunday, with three matches spread across the afternoon. The TSS Rovers were not in action as a result of there being just seven teams in the league this year following a late exit from the Victoria Highlanders.

The action got underway at Thunderbirds Stadium as last year’s League1 Canada Inter-Provincial Championship winners, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Academy, pulled off an impressive 5-1 win over visiting Unity FC. The hosts were already 4-0 to the good at halftime thanks in large part to a Kierra Molly Blundell hat-trick. That sealed the deal, with the Whitecaps adding a fifth shortly after the restart. Unity did score midway through the second half, albeit just as a consolation. Nevertheless, it was a thorough win for the Whitecaps.

Later on, Burnaby FC prevailed in their first ever League1 BC game, as the newest member of the league defeated last year’s expansion side Harbourside FC 3-1 at home. Burnaby struck twice just before the interval, and while Harbourside did pull one back at the start of the second half, Isabella Muzzolini added her second of the game to seal the win for the home team.

The last game of the week saw Rivers and Altitude play to an exciting 2-2 draw Hillside Stadium. Rivers raced into a two-goal lead with both goals coming within five minutes of each other in the first half. However, the visiting Altitude was not to be denied, scoring two goals in three minutes in the second half to come away with a point.

Next weekend’s action will see Burnaby welcome Unity as well as Harbourside’s home opener against Rivers FC. Both games will occur on Saturday. The round will conclude on Sunday as Whitecaps FC takes on TSS Rovers. Altitude will have the week off.

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League1 Ontario: New Era Begins

We finally have reached the new League1 Ontario season, the first under the promotion and relegation format.

Each one of the Premier Division, Championship Division, and League2 Ontario will be covered each week.

League1 Ontario Premier Division: Alliance, NDC Continuing Where They Left Off

The new League1 Ontario Premier Division kicked off on Friday night with last year’s regular season winners, NDC Ontario, welcoming Guelph United. Goals in either half from Bryana Gaynor and Mikayla Coore-Pascal saw the home side come away with a clean 2-0 victory.

The action continued into Saturday, where Julia Benati’s two goals were enough for FC London to beat Woodbridge Strikers 2-1 in the Match of the Week. Jessica Lisi converted a penalty minutes after Benati’s winner, though the spot kick turned out to be the final play of the match. In the end, a hard-fought contest went the home team’s way.

Sunday completed the round with three games in play. The defending playoff winners, Alliance United, got the ball rolling with a 4-0 win at Blue Devils FC. After failing to truly create chances in the first half, Alliance made some adjustments at half-time which proved pivotal. That resulted in three goals in eleven minutes with two from Holly Whelan, and that did the trick as the visitors pulled clear by the hour mark. A fourth was added with 15 minutes to play, giving Alliance a resounding victory in the end.

Jade Kovacevic scored two of North Toronto Nitros’ three goals as they got the better of North Mississauga later on in the day. The 3-0 scoreline, where all three goals were scored in eleven second half minutes, were enough for the visiting North Toronto side to pick up all three points.

The round concluded at North Maple Field as Vaughan Azzurri topped Simcoe County Rovers 2-1 at home. Goals in each half proved to be enough for Vaughan, with Marlene Siwula’s goal nine minutes from time not being enough for Simcoe County.

Next Saturday will see Simcoe County host Alliance, as well as North Mississauga take on NDC. Sunday will have the other three games, as Woodbridge battles North Toronto, Vaughan hosts Guelph, and the Blue Devils faces FC London.

League1 Ontario Championship Division: Waterloo and Pickering Win Big

The League1 Ontario Championship Division kicked off with five games spread over four days. Thursday saw BVB IA Waterloo pull off a 3-0 win at Hamilton United Elite. Three different goalscorers did the trick for Waterloo in an impressive win to start their league season.

Pickering FC, back after a year away, kickstarted the campaign with a dominant 4-0 victory over Prostars. Hollie Babut’s hat-trick did the damage as the hosts were three to the good at the interval.

Saturday saw Tecumseh come from two goals down to beat newcomers Rush Canada 3-2 in a thrilling game. The second half comeback was completed moments from the end, as Ava Mills’ brace did the trick for Tecumseh.

Sunday saw two games, as Darby defeated Burlington 2-1, while Torrie Grant-Clavijo’s 94th minute winner, her second of the match, helped Unionville Milliken edge Scrosoppi FC 2-1.

The action will continue on Friday as Darby will take on Scrosoppi. Saturday’s two matches pit together Rush Canada and Unionville, as well as Hamilton United and Pickering. Sunday’s pair of matches will see Prostars host Burlington, and Waterloo take on Tecumseh.

League2 Ontario: Prostars and Scrosoppi Provide Goal Fest

League2 Ontario got underway with a staggering nine games across the two divisions. Note that for the exception of St. Catharine’s Roma Wolves and Masters FA, all of the teams are reserve teams from the top two divisions.

The Southwest Division saw a seven-goal game on Saturday as Scrosoppi defeated Prostars 5-2 away.

Also in the Southwest Division, Blue Devils FC defeated FC London 1-0, while Rush Academy got the better of Guelph United 3-1. Both games were on Wednesday. Friday’s lone game saw Hamilton United edge BVB IA Waterloo 1-0 at Redeemer. Burlington and St. Catharine’s Roma Wolves did not have a game this weekend.

Other games to come next week are: Rush Academy vs Blue Devils (Tuesday), Waterloo vs Scrosoppi (Wednesday), St. Catharine’s vs Prostars (Wednesday), Guelph vs Burlington (Wednesday), and Burlington vs St. Catharine’s (Saturday).

The Northeast Division had a full slate of matches, starting on Tuesday. Unionville Milliken defeated Simcoe County Rovers 3-1. Wednesday saw an exciting game end 3-2 in Vaughan Azzurri’s favour versus North Mississauga. As for Master’s, they also had their first league game on Wednesday, falling to Darby 1-0 away.

Thursday ended the round as Pickering topped North Toronto 1-0, and Alliance raced to a 3-0 win over Woodbridge.

Round two will start on Tuesday, as Simcoe County faces Vaughan. The games will continue with three on Thursday: Alliance against North Toronto, Pickering and Unionville, and North Mississauga vs Darby. The last game will be on Saturday between Master’s and Woodbridge.

Ligue1 Quebec: CF Montreal Continues Perfect Start

The new Ligue1 Quebec season entered its second week with all twelve teams in action. Saturday had four games, starting with Longueuil’s 2-0 win over Chaudiere-Ouest. Goals in either half did the damage as the hosts got their first win of the season. AS Blainville won by the same score over Royal Select Beauport later on.

FC Laval came from behind to get the better of St-Hubert 2-1, with the winner coming four minutes from time by Sierra Janzen. The day ended with Mont-Royal Outremont’s 1-0 over Pierrefonds AS.

CF Montreal, last year’s winners, started their season on Sunday, beating Ottawa South United 4-0 away. Four different goalscorers, with two goals in each half, did the trick for Montreal as they grabbed their second win as many matches. The other game on Sunday ended 0-0 between Celtix du Haut-Richelieu and AS Laval.

Group A has CF Montreal with two wins from two, with CSMRO the other team still unbeaten (four points). Pierrefonds and FC Laval have a win and a loss, while Ottawa South United (one point) and St-Hubert (zero points) are without a win thus far.

Group B sees Blainville, Celtix du Haut-Richelieu, and Longueuil on four points. AS Laval is also unbeaten, with two draws to their name. Royal Select Beauport and Chaudiere-Ouest have a point between them. and will look to improve on that next week.

Week three will have four games, as Beauport battle Celtix, Chaudière-Ouest vs AS Laval, and Pierrefonds face FC Laval on Saturday. The other game will be on Sunday, as St-Hubert faces Ottawa South United.

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