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League1 Canada Women’s Review – Week 10

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This week in League1 showed off the true capabilities of all the teams in action as, with the games remaining now being in the low single-digits, teams have truly amped up their performances to maximize their points percentages.

Just as we have in previous weeks, Northern Tribune writers David Parkes and I have taken a look back at the week that was across the League1 Canada tables. You can find the review of the week the men had here.

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League1 BC: Poor Altitude…

Unity FC 2 – 4 Whitecaps Girls Elite

TSS Rovers FC 1 – 0 Rivers FC

Burnaby FC 5 – 0 Altitude FC

We are into the final nine games of the 2024 L1BC season, and while no one team has been officially and mathematically eliminated, the writing is on the walls for the bottom two. However, we see battles for fourth and second overshadowing every touch, every shot, and every goal.

Here’s how the women’s table changed following this week’s three matches.

Photo Credit: Unity FC

The Whitecaps Girls Elite have remained undefeated thus far and are looking to make it a full season without a loss. Against Unity, Joy Kimwemwe kept that trend going with the opening goal. Teammates Jeneva Hernandez Gray, Kaylee Hunter, and Chloe Taylor would help send their side to four goals over Unity’s Robertson and and Andrews’ own.

Rivers, sitting only four points behind the fifth-placed TSS Rovers, gave the Rovers a fierce run for their money at Swangard Stadium on Friday. A few bookings and several chances would highlight the match until team-leading scorer Jenna Baxter netted the winner in the 68′ to send her side into a tie with Altitude.

Then comes the Altitude match versus Burnaby FC. My phone was blowing up from first whistle all the way until the 88′ as Burnaby thrashed their North Van opponents. Shanya Dhindsa opened the scoring at the 8′ with Rasoul (28′) and Dhindsa (34′, 51′) following suit while Altitude substitute Ava Temple would only be in play for four minutes until she would net an own-goal off of an unlucky bounce.

Photo Credit: Adrien Bazinet (IG: adrien.b.photography)

League1 Alberta: Special Points, Special Players

Edmonton Scottish 1 – 4 BTB SC

NDC Alberta 1 – 0 Calgary Foothills FC

The Canada Day long-weekend may have limited the amount of games, but it certainly did not limit the action across its two matches.

The first half between the Scottish and BTB was pretty docile with both sides holding each other back, but in the last minute of the first, BTB’s Makenna Van Der Veen would open the floodgates. The Scottish would quickly tie it up in the second half, but Djurisic and Vos would collectively get three more to cap the game at 4-1, placing BTB in striking distance of 2nd.

Despite the Foothills currently sitting in sixth and their NDC Alberta opponents currently leading the league, the visiting Foothills did not go down without a fight. The match would be a back-and-forth bout until Golden Boot contender Taegan Stewart put her NDC side ahead, with this 71′ goal ultimately playing the winner.

Photo Credit: Zoe Keck / League1 Ontario

League1 Ontario: A Week of Shut-Outs

The L1ON has plenty of action left in it with games continuing into early August, but that doesn’t mean the teams are relenting in their question for glory.

This action also carried over into the Women’s L1 Cup as the remaining two quarter-finals matches took place as Woodbridge hosted North Toronto and Vaughan hosted Darby. The Nitros beat their York Region opponents 2-0 with Perez and Kovacevic both besting the Strikers. Oppositely, Darby would prove to be the upset as the seventh-placed L1-Championship side bested the Premiership-based Azzurri with Caylah Williams’ 71′ strike.

Photo Credit: Zoe Keck / League1 Ontario

Come July 16th, the Nitros will host Darby in semi-final action while Simcoe County Rovers will invite Forest City’s FC London a day later.

League1 Ontario – Premiership

FC London 5 – 0 Alliance United FC

North Mississauga SC 1 – 4 Guelph United FC

Blue Devils FC 1 – 6 NDC Ontario

Vaughan Azzurri 1 – 0 North Toronto Nitros

Woodbridge Strikers SC 1 – 0 Simcoe County Rovers FC

Alliance didn’t stand a chance on Saturday as they visited London to take on FCL at Tricar Field. With five unique scorers, this trashing would truly be a team effort for the hosts with Benati, Abreo, Milligan, Caldwell, and Nakano besting Alliance keeper Gurleen Toor over the course of 90 minutes.

Guelph would find equal levels of success as FCL when the Royal City tripped down to ‘Sauga’s Mattamy Sports Park to take on the Panthers. The first half saw Olivia Rizakos and Victoria Hinchliffe take the lead for GUFC while Violet Hipkin and Sasha Marikano added to the lead. NMSC’s Carla Portillo’s 67’ goal would be nothing more than a consolation prize as her side attempts to avoid relegation.

The Blue Devils knew what they were up against as they hosted the undefeated NDC Ontario on Sunday. A hat-trick by NDC’s Annabelle Chukka would highlight the match, coupled with a brace by Mikayla Moore-Pascal and a solo effort by Alessandra Geraneo would contribute six to BDFC’s 51 total goals against this season, sinking them further into last.

The final two matches of the week had second vs fifth and third vs seventh, both ending in 1-0 draws. Brianne Desa’s 24′ goal for Vaughan Azzurri would stun the Nitros into submission, for only their second loss of the campaign and giving Vaughan an all-important three points. On the other side of the coin, the 8W-1D-3L Strikers from ‘The Bridge’ supplanted a continuously-struggling Simcoe Rovers side as Alexis Campbell played the hero there.

Photo Credit: Martin Bazyl / League1 Ontario

League1 Ontario – Championship

Darby FC 4 – 3 Hamilton United

Pickering FC 0 – 3 BVB IA Waterloo

Scrosoppi FC 1 – 0 Rush Canada Academy

Burlington SC 2 – 2 Unionville Milliken SC

ProStars FC 4 – 1 Tecumseh United FC

Riding high off of their mid-week cup-set over Vaughan Azzurri, Darby FC carried this momentum into their league match as they hosted Hamilton United. A fierce tug-of-war between the two sides unfolded and Hamilton entered the final ten minutes up by one. However, two late goals – including a 90+1′ converted penalty by Tori Chia – would seal the win for the Whitby-side.

Francesco Carriero’s Pickering squad was no match for the early onslaught by Die Schwarzgelben (The Black-and-Yellow). Kayla Kramer and midfield partner Sophia Cabral would sink PFC fully by the end of the first half and there was no going back as the second half remained scoreless.

Photo Credit: Martin Bazyl / League1 Ontario

In a relatively docile match, Scrosoppi FC’s Sahara Zingano would be the only person entering the referee’s wallet book with a 33′ strike. Other than that, despite the Rush Academy holding off further Scrosoppi chances, they failed to create any offence themselves, leaving them scoreless and without three additional points.

Unionville should have an easy time collecting all three points against the second-last Burlington Bayhawks. But despite being up two-nil with 30 minutes remaining, the Bayhawls fought back with goals by Alyssa Mella (69′) and a last-minute netter by Talynn Debartolo (90+5′) to split the points and hold UMSC in third place.

ProStars are trying desperately to hold onto their chances of staying in the promotion race and while they are not mathematically out, they remain four games back of first. But they did seize on the opportunity to gain an easy three points against the 2W-1D-7L Tecumseh United. Goals by Heather and Sarah Brown (x2) alongside teammate Kaitlynn Russell’ put ProStars up 4-1 by the final whistle, keeping them in the fight.

Photo Credit: Martin Bazyl / League1 Ontario

League2 Ontario

Hamilton United II 3 – 2 Pickering FC II

SC Rovers FC II 0 – 2 Blue Devils FC II

Rush Academy II 5 – 0 Master’s FA

Scrosoppi FC II 1 – 1 Woodbridge Strikers II

BVB IA Waterloo II 0 – 1 Alliance United FC II

Vaughan Azzurri II 1 – 1 ProStars FC II

FC London II POSTPONED North Toronto Nitros II

North Mississauga SC II 1 – 0 Guelph United FC II

Burlington SC II 2 – 3 Darby FC II

St. Catharines Roma Wolves 0 – 2 North Mississauga SC II

Rush Academy’s second women’s side made easy work of the 0W-1D-4L (Crossover division) Master’s FA roster, dispatching them 5-0 last Tuesday. A true display of the talent on Rush’s game sheet, Schofield-Nairn, Rawat, Silva, Novosel, and Webster all found mesh over 90 minutes their third win during the crossover.

The other standalone L2 women’s side, the Roma Wolves, failed to even register on the scoreboard as the hosting Wolves went 2-0 against the North Miss. Panthers. With only 19 minutes between the two goals, Madison Eisner and Sierra Bartley would send their side over the top into a six-way tie for fourth place in the division.

Photo Credit: Celtix du Haut-Richelieu

Ligue1 Quebec: Oh My Matches!

CS St-Hubert 0 – 3 CF Montréal

AS Pierrefonds 3 – 0 CS St-Hubert

AS Pierrefonds 0 – 2 OSU Atlético

CS Mont-Royal Outremont 1 – 0 OSU Atlético

AS Chaudiere-Ouest 1 – 2 Royal Selects Beauport

CS Longueuil 1 – 0 Royal Selects Beauport

Royal Selects Beauport 2 – 0 AS Pierrefonds

Celtix du Haut-Richelieu 0 – 4 AS Blainville

Celtix du Haut-Richelieu 4 – 0 AS Chaudiere-Ouest

FC Laval 1 – 1 CS Mont-Royal Outremont

FC Laval 3 – 0 CF Montréal

AS Laval 3 – 0 CS Longueuil

AS Blainville 1 – 0 AS Laval

At least every L1Q team was in action twice this past match week. A few surprising results defined the week while the top teams further cemented their reign over the two divisions. Here’s how it all broke down.

Photo Credit: Academie CF Montreal (X: @academiecfm)

CS St-Hubert’s women’s side was probably not expecting to go 0-6 on goals over their two games this week, but going home-and-away with CFM and Pierrefonds, they were no match. Ultimately, the only main takeaway from the Spatiale’s matches was a hat-trick by Esther Brossard, further showing her dominance over the league.

Ottawa’s League1 Quebec side was in action twice as well this week, going 1/2 on the week. First travelling to West Island in Pierrefonds, QC, Rosa Malouf would carry her side for a two-nil victory over AS Pierrefonds, securing another three crucial points as OSU hunt down the CSMRO Griffons. But as they stayed in the Montreal area, their opponents on Saturday in the Griffons would get the best of them as Mia Tessier’s 22′ goal would be the sole mark on the gamesheet.

Quebec City’s Beauport was in action thrice this week, facing off against AS Chaudiere-Ouest, CS Longueuil, and Pierrefonds. With wins over ASCO (2-1) and ASP (2-0), Amelia Bouchard would lead the squad with two goals over the three matches, as Emmanuelle Collin and Genevieve Girard following suit with glory of their own. Their only fault would come against Longueuil.

The Celtix were able to reverse their fortunes on a dime, with their loss this week exactly mirroring their win. CHR’s defensive line would be no match for the AS Blainville attack as Lalande, Brunelle, Lalande again, and Beerworth netted their attempts to make it 4-0. Just three days later and it would be the Celtix going up 4-0 over ASCO as Roy, Dupont, Sanesac, and Dupont again shut out their Lévis, QC opponents.

Coach Amro Radwan’s FC Laval were able to squeeze points out of both of their match-ups this week with a win and a draw. Taking down a CSMRO Griffons side that sits six points above them, a 73′ goal by Laval would tie it up to split the points. Then they truly defied expectations as FCL shut-out and beat-down the 9W-1D-3L CF Montreal. Laurie-Ann Moise got her 10th and 11th goals on the season while colleague Erika Boccardi played her part in the three-goal victory.

Rounding out the week was a home-and-away for fellow Laval side, AS Laval, as they hosted CS Longueuil and visited the north shore to take on AS Blainville. Three separate ASL players would find mesh against Longueuil with Vermaire, Olou, and Bordeleau being those players. They would additionally play strong against AS Blainville, but a late 86′ strike by ASB’s Justine Lalande would relegate Laval to just three points on the week.

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