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League1 Canada Women’s Review – Week 2

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Another riveting week of League1 Canada action has come and gone, bringing with it displays of the incredible amounts of talent found within Canada’s third-tier leagues while also providing the perfect run-up the the official launch of League1 Alberta.

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This article will touch upon the women’s leagues. You can find the men’s recap here.

Here is where the women’s leagues stand after another week of action in League1 BC, Ontario, and Quebec:

Photo Credit: Burnaby FC

League1 BC: Two Draws and a Blowout

Burnaby FC (W) 1 – 1 Unity FC (W)

Harbourside FC (W) 1 – 1 Rivers FC (W)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girl Elite FC 7 – 0 TSS Rovers FC (W)

This second week of matchups from Canada’s western-most province had six teams in action, with North Vancouver’s Altitude FC being granted the bye-week this time around.

It all kicked off at Burnaby Lake West Field with league-newcomers Burnaby FC hosting Surrey’s Unity FC for their first meeting of two this season. After 45 minutes of tense but scoreless action, Burnaby’s Kate Carrie broke the deadlock off a free-kick past Unity keeper Joven Sidhu. The lead would not last though, as 35 minutes later Elizabeth Hicks netted an 85th minute equalizer following a corner kick, ensuring a single point for both sides.

Nanaimo’s Harbourside FC hosted Rivers FC with a record-breaking double-header for largest crowd to take in a League1 BC regular season game with 1,200 tickets sold. This support was quickly silenced, however, by the visitors with a goal by Kambria Vellum just four minutes in. Harbourside’s Jazmine Wilkinson would get one of her own off of a misplay by keeper Kelsey Fisher. This goal would ultimately save the game for the home side as both squads left Q’unq’inuqwstuxw Stadium with a point in hand.

The Whitecaps would prove to be another level of challenging for their TSS Rovers foes. Entering their first match week after a bye the previous, the Rovers were simply outmatched vs the league champs as beginning in the 9′ and continuing non-stop until the 84′, the Whitecaps netted seven straight against Rovers keeper Mae Hobenshield. The Rovers will be looking to regroup as head coach Kevin Booker prepares them for their trip to Surrey to take on Unity this coming week.

Photo Credit: Alberta Soccer

League1 Alberta: Feels Like Christmas Eve

It has been nearly a full year since the League1 Alberta Exhibition Series kicked off in 2023 and on Tuesday, the league will officially begin with a full 2024 season. This season’s format will see games solely take place on Tuesdays and Fridays, with the former being inter-city matchups while the travel games will occur going into weekends.

Kicking it all off the Match of the Week clash between the Calgary Foothills and Callies United FC Women’s squads on Tuesday, with the match streaming live on the Alberta Soccer website. This will be followed on Friday by three more bouts between BTB Academy hosting the Calgary Blizzard, the Foothills travelling north to face the St. Albert Impact, while the newly-formed NDC Alberta (akin to NDC Ontario in L1ON) will host the Edmonton Scottish at the Calgary West Soccer Centre.

With the Foothills having claimed both Men’s and Women’s championships during the 2023 Exhibition – the Women’s title on pens nonetheless – there is now a target on their backs as the other six sides look to best them.

Photo Credit: Kevin Raposo

League1 Ontario: Set-Ups and Let-Downs

All three divisions of League1 Ontario’s newly-formed pyramid were in action this week with over 30 teams taking to the pitch across 20 games, providing non-stop footy action for fans across the province.

L1ON Women’s Premier

Simcoe County Rovers (W) 1 – 1 Alliance United (W)

North Mississauga SC (W) 1 – 2 NDC Ontario

Woodbridge Strikers (W) 2 – 3 North Toronto Nitros (W)

FC London (W) 6 – 0 Blue Devils FC (W)

Vaughan Azzurri (W) 3 – 2 Guelph United (W)

The Simcoe County Rovers took to the field this week looking to reclaim points after a disappointing 2-1 loss to Vaughan last week. Taking on league champions Alliance United didn’t start according to plan as the Rovers went down 1-0 at the eight-minute mark. However, Cloey Uddenberg would be the hero in added time with a perfectly-placed strike off the post past Levanta Staggolis.

The ever-dominant NDC Ontario are once again staking their claim, dispatching Guelph 2-0 last week and taking down North Mississauga 2-1 on Saturday. NDC would own the first half with goals at the 36′ and 45+1′ by Lantaigne and Melenhorst, but the Panthers would strike back later on as Alexus Worrell would pull of an impossible angle shot to give her side a sense of hope.

Woodbridge have been riding on a recent wave of increased support and publicity with a newly renovated home grounds and the growth of their supporters group, The Bridge Supporters. However, this wasn’t enough to carry them through North Toronto’s offensive onslaught as Kaia Rice and a Kovacevic Jade brace netted three for the Nitros. The ‘Bridge’s Samantha Murphy would score herself a brace, but this would not be enough.

Photo Credit: League1 Ontario

The travelling Guelph United were hoping to rise in to the top half of the L1ON-P table, but despite a quick two goals by Sasha Marikano, Randy Ribeiro’s squad was unable to hold their early lead. Vaughan easily dispatched the Royal City side with three unanswered goals sinking GUFC to eigth place.

Rounding out the Premiership’s action this week saw FC London host the Oakville-based Blue Devils. Unfortunately for the visitors, Keeper Abbigale Harrison struggled to keep the ball from her net as both Julia Benati and Charlotte Cromack registered braces. Coupled with additional goals by Aaliyah Rowe and Jennifer Mulligan, the home crowed cheered on a hefty 6-0 victory.

L1ON Women’s Championship

Darby FC (W) 0 – 4 Scrosoppi FC (W)

Hamilton United (W) 3 – 1 Pickering FC (W)

Rush Academy (W) 0 – 0 Unionville Milliken SC (W)

Prostars FC (W) 1 – 1 Burlington SC (W)

BVB IA Waterloo (W) 2 – 1 Tecumseh United FC (W)

The fledgling Scrosoppi FC has taken no time to show that they will be a force this season and this was on display this past week. Within the first 20 minutes, 17 year-old Mya Newcombe already had herself a hat trick with goals coming in the 4′, 12′ and 17′. Teammate Jahkaya Davis would round out the 4-0 scoreline, sinking any hopes of a comeback.

The bottom third of the L1ON-C table would all see a slight boost in points as Rush (8th), Burlington (9th), and Prostars (10th) would all exit week two with draws to their names. The Burlington-Prostars match would be highlighted by a pair of beautiful goals including a perfectly-executed cutback cross by the Bayhawks o-line, resulting in an easy tap in for Aya Naamani.

After a disappointing 2023 season, BVB IA gaffer Gregory Jespersen began rebuilding his squad with additions like Emma Thomson and Taylor Schell, and it has already started to pay dividends. Hometown hero Sophia Cabral would carry the weight in this one with two expertly-handled placements past Tecumseh’s Isabellle Barrette to seal it for BVB IA. Aislunn Essibrah would briefly silence the RIM Park crowd, but not for long.

Photo Credit: Zoe Keck

League2 Ontario – Women

South-West – Rush Academy 2 (W) 2 – 1 Blue Devils FC 2 (W)

South-WestBVB IA Waterloo 2 (W) 0 – 1 Scrosoppi FC 2 (W)

South-WestSt. Catharines Roma (W) 2 – 0 Prostars FC 2 (W)

South-WestGuelph United FC II (W) 0 – 2 Burlington SC 2 (W)

South-WestBurlington SC 2 (W) 1 – 2 St. Catharines Roma

North-East – Simcoe County Rovers 2 (W) 0 – 0 Vaughan Azzurri 2 (W)

North-East – Alliance United 2 (W) 3 – 2 North Toronto Nitros 2 (W)

North-East – Pickering FC 2 (W) 5 – 0 Unionville Milliken SC 2 (W)

North-East – North Mississauga SC 2 (W) 1 – 0 Darby FC 2 (W)

North-East – Master’s FA (W) 0 – 1 Woodbridge Strikers 2 (W)

Amongst all the action within the League2 Ontario women’s division this past week – including the 5-0 beatdown of Unionville Milliken at the hands of Pickering’s second squad, both of this division’s ‘A’ sides were in action. The voluntarily-relegated St. Catharines Roma Wolves picked up a full six points over their two matches with Prostars and Burlington with Sydney Sica quickly proving to be a valuable asset to the Wolves’ frontline. Oppositely, Master’s FA extended their losing streak to two with another poor performance which saw them concede goals late in a half due to defensive miscues. Master’s will be looking to regain their composure this coming week as they take on an unsteady Unionville Milliken SC 2 side.

Photo Credit: OSU Atletico

Ligue1 Quebec: Redemption Songs

Royal Select Beauport (W) 0 – 1 Celtix du Haut-Richelieu (W)

AS Chaudiere-Ouest (W) 4 – 2 AS Laval (W)

AS Pierrefonds (W) 1 – 1 FC Laval (W)

CS St-Hubert (W) 1 – 2 OSU Atletico (W)

The two conferences within the Ligue1 Quebec women’s division are simultaneously remaining incredibly competitive while also definitely showing that the packs are separating.

Saturday’s matches began in Quebec City with twelth-place Beauport hosting the Celtix. It would remain an equal affair until the eighty-fifth, when a mistake by the Beauport defense granted Maika Sanesac license to net the winner.

Photo Credit: Celtix du Haut-Richelieu

In a battle for a foothold in the top half of the table, AS Chaudiere-Ouest welcomed AS Laval to Parc Renaud-Maillette. Two-thirds of the way through the match and the hosts had already secured a 4-1 lead courtesy of Abby Lagrandeur and a Lea-Jeanne Fortier hat trick. AS Laval would strike once more in the 82′ but that would do little to change the outcome.

FC Laval have always been a strong side and they proved this early on against Pierrefonds with an early goal by Eva Vespa. This lead would be put out in first half added-time #7 Sara Carriere, whose goal would mark the end of the scoring in this one, dividing the points equally.

OSU Atletico had a mini-resurgence last season, but ultimately failed to capitalize on any momentum. This week saw them make even on their season record, bringing home their first win of 2024 as Rea and Maalouf netted goals for their side, taking down the now 0W-0D-03L CS St-Hubert.

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