July 14, 2024
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League1 Canada Women’s Review – Week 11

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With about a month to go until the end of League1 Canada Women’s football season, playoff spots, places in the League1 Interprovincial Championship, and promotion/relegation spots are still up for grabs. One team clinched the league title in what was another great week of play.

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As we have throughout the season, Northern Tribune has you covered on everything that happens each week across the country in League1 Canada. This piece focuses on the women’s matches from the last week. To find the men’s recap, you can read that here.

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League1 BC: Dominant Whitecaps Clinch Regular Season

League1 BC’s 10th full round of play took place with four matches this past week. On Friday nigth at Swangard Stadium, TSS Rovers played to a 2-2 draw against Burnaby FC. The hosts fell behind twice in this one, but managed to claw back from a goal down to earn a point. Kaitlan Cerney scored Rovers’ second goal in the 89th minute to grabt the draw.

Saturday’s first match saw Vancouver Whitecaps Academy pull off a 3-1 win at home to Harbourside. Mia Guterres’ brace late in the first half sent the Caps on their way, with a third goal added 11 minutes from the end. The visitors earned a goal just before the end, but it was nothing more than a consolation goal at that point.

Unity FC had to work for it, but in the end, they claimed a 2-0 win over Rivers FC. The guests got a goal in both half to win all three points, but the game changed in the 44th minute. Norah Bell earned a straight red card on the stroke of halftime, making things a lot more difficult for Rivers. Although they still made it competitive, Unity had enough quality to hold on for the win, adding a second goal in stoppage time.

TSS Rovers returned to the field on Sunday, winning 4-2 at Altitude. Racing to a 4-0 advantage, Rovers impressed in this match, despite Altitude scoring two goals in the final quarter of the game to make the result more respectable.

With five games left in the League1 BC regular season schedule, we know two things already: the Whitecaps have won the regular season once more, and the playoff participants are now known. Joining the Whitecaps in the playoffs are Unity, Burnaby FC, and TSS Rovers. Unity and Burnaby will almost surely meet each other in the semifinals, with the home side still to be determined.

Two more games take place next week, both on Sunday. The Whitecaps take on Burnaby, and Rivers meets TSS Rovers.

League1 Alberta: St. Albert Impresses

It was a full round of football in League1 Alberta last week Friday. Kicking things off was a 1-0 win for Edmonton Scottish at Calgary Foothills. Wanda Czebreszuk got the only goal of the game 25 minutes in to give the Tartans a welcomed win.

St. Albert Impact picked up another convincing win, this being a 3-0 success over Callies United. Janai Martens found the net twice in the second half, which helped the Impact to three points at the expense of the Callies.

The other match of the round saw BTB Academy come from a goal down to top ASA High Performance 2-1 at home. Keelyn Stewart scored just two minutes in to give ASA the perfect start. However, BTB had other plans in mind, getting an equalizer midway through the half, before Laura Kautz got the winner a minute into the second half.

Three points separate the top two, as ASA High Performance holds a two-point lead over Calgary Blizzard and BTB. Callies United and Edmonton Scottish are four points back behind the Blizzard and BTB, as pair still have hopes of making the playoff final.

There will be two games on Tuesday, and two more on Friday next week. Tuesday’s action have all four Calgary-based teams in action, as the Blizzard welcomes the Foothills, and Callies meets ASA. On Friday, the Foothills take on ASA at home, while BTB faces off against St. Albert.

League1 Ontario: Promotion Places Heating Up

League1 Ontario’s first season of promotion and relegation is proving to be exciting, as a plethora of teams are in contention to move up or down the pyramid. Here is a look back at what happened across the province this past week.

League1 Ontario Premier: Home Teams Dominate

Playing at home proved to be the advantage this past week in League1 Ontario Premier. Four of the five home teams prevailed. That included North Toronto Nitros, who defeated North Mississauga 3-1 on Friday. Two goals within the first 15 minutes of the game put North Toronto firmly in front, but Bruna Mavignier gave the guests hope. But, Jade Kovacevic’s 53rd minute goal proved to be too much for North Mississauga.

Friday’s other game was an exciting game, which ended in NDC Ontario’s favour, as they beat Woodbridge Strikers 3-2. Last season’s regular season winners went behind twice in the game, but kept on fighting. Their award for their persistence came in the 95th minute, as April Lantaigne found the net to complete the NDC comeback.

Saturday’s action saw Alliance United top Vaughan Azzurri 4-2 at home. The playoff winners from a year ago ran ahead with a 2-0 at halftime. By the midway point of the second half, Alanna Raimondo got Vaughan back into the match with two goals. That would not stop Alliance though, as Mikayla Morton got the winner in the 73rd minute, before Hannah Anderson capped off the scoring in the 90th minute.

In Barrie, Simcoe County Rovers convincingly won 3-0 versus the Blue Devils. The goals were evenly spread out across the match, as the hosts had three different scorers in the game. It is 12 defeats for the Blue Devils in as many matches, making things exceedingly difficult for them to stay in the Premier Division.

The only visiting team to be victorious was FC London, who got past Guelph United 1-0. Lauren Rowe’s 68th minute winner made the difference in this match, as Guelph came away with an important three points from their trip to London.

Next week is a double gameweek in the division, with Wednesday’s game between North Mississauga and Alliance being the pick of the midweek games. On the weekend, Alliance will face the team they beat in the playoff final last year, NDC Ontario.

League1 Ontario Championship: Waterloo, Pickering Enjoy Two Wins

Two full rounds of play occurred in the League1 Ontario Championship Division last week. In Wednesday’s matches, Pickering picked up a 1-0 victory at Rush Academy, while BVB IA Waterloo defeated Burlington SC 3-1. No goals were scored at McMaster between Hamilton United Elite and Tecumseh, but Unionville Milliken earned a 2-0 success at Darby. Thursday’s other midweek game saw Scrosoppi beat Prostars 2-0 on the road.

Friday started the weekend play with a goalless draw between Darby and Tecumseh. On Saturday, Rush Canada got their second win of the season, with a 1-0 victory over Prostars, who once again fell to defeat. Saturday’s other match saw Pickering defeat Unionville 3-1 at home. Hollie Babut got two of the goals for Pickering, who closed the gap on their opponents.

With 5-6 games left for each team, there are things on the line at both ends of the table. Waterloo holds a slender lead Scrosoppi, though Unionville, Pickering, and even Hamilton United still have a shot at a top two finish. At the bottom, Tecumseh, Rush Canada, and Burlington are fighting to remain in the division.

Next week has two games on Wednesday, as Burlington hosts Prostars, and Waterloo faces off against Unionville. As for the weekend action, Darby meets Pickering on Friday night. Saturday has three games, between Tecumseh and Burlington, Unionville and Prostars, and Hamilton and Scrosoppi. Sunday’s sole match pits together Waterloo and Rush Academy.

League2 Ontario: St. Catharine’s and Master’s Lose Big, Hamilton With Two Wins

There were 12 games across League2 Ontario over the past week. Starting with the Southwest Conference, the Blue Devils came out on top with a 4-0 victory over St. Catharine’s Roma Wolves. After going in front in the 22nd minute, the Blue Devils could not find the net again until the 73rd minute. Three more goals in the final 20 minutes of play end they end up on top.

Wednesday’s action saw Hamilton United pull off a 3-0 win over Guelph United, while Waterloo topped FC London 3-2 away as the visitors came from two down in that one. Both of Friday’s matches ended 4-2 in favour of the home team, as Prostars got the better of Rush Academy, and Burlington defeated Scrosoppi. Hamilton United also came from two down to beat the Blue Devils 3-2 on Saturday, before the week ended with a 2-1 win for Prostars at Guelph on Monday.

The Northeast Conference started off with a Wednesday match, as North Toronto won 3-0 at Darby. Thursday’s trio of games saw Vaughan beat Pickering 3-0, Alliance prevail 3-2 over Simcoe County Rovers, and a 2-2 stalemate between Woodbridge and Unionville.

In Saturday’s final match of the round, North Mississauga won 4-0 at Master’s FA. Two goals in each half did the trick as the away side won convincingly. Mara Sanauceanu found the back of the net once each half to help give her side a resounding win.

Almost all of the teams have between three and five games left before the end of the regular season. It is particularly tight in the Southwest Conference, as the top eight sides are separated by eight points. That gives them all a chance at finishing at least second. The top six in the Northeast Conference are six points apart, also providing a tight end to the season on that side.

A total of 10 games will take place across the next week, two of which are the crossover matches. In those two games, both to take place on Saturday, Blue Devils will face off against Pickering, while St. Catharine’s will have Unionville. In the Northeast Conference, Master’s will visit Vaughan on Wednesday.

Ligue1 Quebec: FC Laval With Late Season Push

Ligue1 Quebec had seven games take place last week, starting with FC Laval’s 3-0 win over Chaudiere-Ouest on Wednesday. Eva Vespa scored two of the goals to lift her team to victory.

The weekend commenced with a 1-0 success for Royal Select Beauport over AS Blainville. A 19th minute goal from Daphne Blouin decided the contest.

Liana Tarasco’s double was enough to assist CF Montreal in seeing off Ottawa South United 2-0. AS Laval’s game was more dramatic, as they raced to a 3-0 lead against Celtix du Haut-Richelieu. Yet, the visitors grabbed two late goals, ultimately falling 3-2…perhaps too close for comfort from an AS Laval point of view.

AS Pierrefonds and CS Mont-Royal Outremont played to a 0-0 draw in their match. In the final game of the week, Longueuil earned a 1-0 win at Chaudiere-Ouest, with the goal coming minutes into the second half.

CF Montreal (31 points) and CFMRO (25) are currently holding the playoff spots in Group A, although FC Laval (22) is also in contention, having played a game less. Ottawa South United would need a miracle at this point to overcome a four-point deficit in their final two games.

As for Group B, Blainville (28) remains on top, and will almost surely partake in the playoffs. Celtix du Haut-Richelieu and Beauport, both on 23 points, are neck and neck for the other spot, with the latter playing a game less.

The two big matches next weekend have playoff implications, as CHR faces Beauport, while Montreal heads to CSMRO. Both games are season-defining, making them must-watches for L1Q fans.

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