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League1 Canada Women’s Review – Week 3

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After a full week of League1 Canada action across the country, Northern Tribune is back with a breakdown of all the matches. There were many impressive results as some teams continued to impress, while others are still struggling.

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This article takes a look back at the games from the League1 Canada women’s divisions. To find the equivalent for the men’s side, you can read that here.

League1 BC: Whitecaps Continue to Impress

There were four games in League1 BC this past week, with one occurring in midweek. The league’s first midweek game of the season came on Wednesday as Altitude and Harbourside played to a thrilling 2-2 draw at Kinsmen’s Field. The visiting Harbourside raced to a 2-0 lead, but Altitude produced a comeback, equalizing in stoppage time to claim a point.

Altitude returned to the field on Saturday, again playing at home. This time, the North Vancouver outfit faced Rivers FC. As was the case on Wednesday, this match ended level. Aurora Hughes-Goyette’s 86th minute goal gave Altitude another draw, cancelling out Taylor Miller’s first half goal for Rivers. It ended 1-1, as a busy Altitude side claimed two home draws in the space of four days.

Harbourside did not fare as well in their weekend match, being well-beaten 5-0 at home to Whitecaps Academy. Kaylee Marie Hunter’s brace set the defending champions on their way, who completed their scoring by the hour mark.

The Whitecaps were not the only ones to win big on Saturday, as Unity also scored high in a 5-1 statement win over TSS Rovers. Five different players got on the scoresheet as the hosts prevailed in impressive fashion.

After three weeks of action, the Whitecaps Academy has a perfect three wins from three. They are five points ahead of Burnaby and Unity, while Altitude and Rivers have three draws. Harbourside sits on two points, and, like TSS Rovers – who are without points – are still looking for their first win.

Week four’s games will take place across three days: Burnaby will host the Whitecaps on Wednesday night to commence the action. Two days later, TSS Rovers and Altitude will square off, before the Whitecaps will play again on Sunday. The league leaders will welcome Rivers in that match. Both Unity and Harbourside will have the week off.

League1 Alberta: No Home Wins in Week 1

League1 Alberta kicked off its first full season last week Tuesday in Calgary. In a local matchup, Calgary Foothills and new team Calgary Southwest United played to a nil-nil draw.

Friday saw the first full round of play, with Calgary Blizzard getting a goal from Elizabeth Urubor to defeat BTB Academy 1-0. The goal came an hour in, and ultimately decided what was a very close game.

The Foothills’ second game in four days saw a flurry of goals in the first half. However, they fell to the St. Albert Impact 3-1 at home. All four goals came in the opening 45 minutes as St. Albert started their season with three points on the road.

Friday’s other game saw Edmonton Scottish pull off a two-goal comeback to defeat the home side NDC Alberta 4-2. Two goals in four minutes saw the Scottish go from being behind to taking the lead. A 90th minute penalty from Milica Vignjevic wrapped up the game, giving the guests all three points.

There are just two games in week two, both occurring on Tuesday. It will be a battle of the new teams as NDC Alberta faces Calgary Southwest United. The other game will see St. Albert’s Impact host Edmonton Scottish.

League1 Ontario: Cup Action to Return

It was a full weekend of play across League1 Ontario as we start to get a sense of who will compete for promotion and who will just try to avoid relegation.

However, before taking a look back at what happened, the L1 Cup will return with its round of 16 play. Five of the eight matches in this round occur next week, the other three the week following.

On Tuesday, Blue Devils will host Scrosoppi. Wednesday will have three games, as Vaughan Azzurri battles Rush Academy, Woodbridge and Pickering square off, and FC London takes on BVB IA Waterloo. Thursday’s sole match pits together North Mississauga and Darby.

League1 Ontario Premier: NDC Remains Perfect, Vaughan and North Toronto Still Unbeaten

League1 Ontario Premier action kicked off on Friday with the match of the week. There, NDC Ontario got the better of FC London 3-1 at home. A Chinonyerem Chkwu brace in the second made the difference as the hosts got their third win as many games.

Saturday saw a thrilling game in Barrie as Woodbridge Strikers held their nerve to beat Simcoe County Rovers 3-2. The guests raced to a 2-0 lead before Samantha Murphy responded on either side of the break. However, Woodbridge was not to be denied, as Jade Kovacevic got her second of the game with six minutes to play to win the match.

Across Saturday’s other two games, Guelph United came from a goal down to defeat Alliance United 2-1 away. Sasha Marikano’s 90th minute marker clinched the three points for the visitors. Meanwhile, at Downsview Park, North Toronto Nitros and Vaughan Azzurri played to a 1-1 draw. A goal in each half saw the game end without a winner.

Sunday ended the round with another thriller. The Blue Devils lost for the third time in a row, this time falling 4-2 to North Mississauga. A Jordan Archer hat-trick did the trick for the visitors, who raced to a 3-0 lead before the Blue Devils got two back. Archer’s 82nd minute penalty ended the host’s comeback.

Week four starts with Friday night’s clash between North Toronto and NDC. Two of the league’s remaining undefeated sides square off in what should be an enticing game.

Saturday’s doubleheader sees FC London battle Guelph United, and North Mississauga face Simcoe County. Blue Devils face Woodbridge and Vaughan Azzurri meets Alliance in Sunday’s games to end the week.

League1 Ontario Championship: Waterloo Wins Big

All eight teams who took to the field scored in the L1O Championship this weekend. Tecumseh and Hamilton United had the week off. Saturday saw Darby score a 2-1 win at Unionville Millken. Christine Exeter’s 71st minute got the win for the Whitby-based side.

Saturday’s other match had a dramatic end, as Pickering twice came from a goal down to claim a 2-2 draw at home to Rush Canada. The guests scored six minutes in, only for the other three goals to come in the final seven minutes of normal time. Meaghan Hogg levelled the game once and for all in the 89th minute.

An Abby Kraemer hattrick helped BVB IA Waterloo to a 5-1 victory at Burlington SC on Sunday. The attacker found the net twice in the first 16 minutes before completing her three-goal haul at the hour mark. In the end, Waterloo pulled off a deserved win.

Scrosoppi’s 2-1 win over Prostars completed the weekend. Aalayah Lully’s brace – both goals coming at start of each half – set the home side on their way. Teagan Handley’s goal an hour in proved to be a consolation for the guests, who leave empty-handed.

Next weekend will have a full slate of action, following the L1 Cup action. Saturday will see Rush Academy battle Burlington, Scorosoppi host Pickering, and Tecumseh meet Unionville. Sunday’s action will see Prostars welcome Hamilton, while Waterloo faces off against Darby in a battle of promotion hopefuls.

League2 Ontario: Master’s FA Claims a Point, St. Catharine’s Loses Big

There were eleven games across the conferences in League2 Ontario across the weekend.

Starting with the Southwest Conference, FC London won big, topping St. Catharine’s Roma Wolves 6-0 away. a four-goal first half virtually ended the match. Bryanna Caldwell completed the scoring with two goals in the second half. The other Wednesday game ended 2-0 in Scrosoppi’s favour, over Rush Academy.

On Friday, Burlington and Hamilton United played to a 1-1 draw, while Saturday’s lone match between the Blue Devils and Waterloo ended with the same score. Prostars won 5-0 over Guelph United in Sunday’s match, before an exciting 3-3 draw between London and Scrosoppi ended the round on Monday.

In the Northeast Conference, the action started on Tuesday, where both games ended 1-1. Simcoe County and Pickering drew in their match, while Unionville and Master’s FA also could not find a winner between the two. In the latter match, the goals came within the first 15 minutes.

Thursday produced another two games as North Mississauga defeated Alliance 1-0, and Darby, despite ending the game with nine players, came from behind to beat Woodbridge 2-1. Sunday’s came saw Vaughan Azzurri win 3-2 at North Toronto, scoring their final goal in the 91st minute.

There will be nine games across the two divisions next week. There are four unbeaten teams, two in each division.

Ligue1 Quebec: CF Montreal and CSMRO Win Big

There were five games across Ligue1 Quebec on the weekend. Celtix du Haut-Richelieu and Longueuil were the only two teams not to feature in the action.

On Saturday, Royal Select Beauport got a 1-0 win away to AS Laval. Chloe Chouinard’s 17th minute goal was enough to give the visitors all three points in Laval.

Saturday continued with CF Montreal picking up a 5-1 victory at Pierrefonds. Five different goalscorers contributed to CFM’s win as they got their third win of the year. Pierrefonds did score late, but still conceded in stoppage time to lose by four goals.

FC Laval and Ottawa South United drew 2-2 in a fascinating game that saw both teams take the lead at some point. However, Natasha Tcheki-Jamgotchian found the net in the second minute of stoppage time to give FC Laval a point.

Saturday’s final game saw AS Blainville and Chaudiere-Ouest play to a 1-1 stalemate at Parc Blainville. The goals came in the first – 13 minutes apart – as both sides had to settle for a point.

Sunday’s lone match produced a 3-0 win in CS Mont-Royal Outremont’s favour over CS St-Hubert. The game was close, with CSMRO scoring goals in the 87th and 94th minutes to secure all three points.

CFM and CSMRO are unbeaten in Group A, with nine and seven points respectively. FC Laval and OSU are on five points, while Pierrefonds is a point back. St-Hubert is without points and already has a mountain to climb.

In Group B, Celtix du Haut-Richelieu remains ahead with seven points, despite not taking the field this weekend. AS Blainville is second on five points, with Longueueil, Chaudiere-Ouest and Beauport on four. AS Laval is bottom with two points, but with Group B being very tight, they are not out of it yet.

There will be two rounds of play this week, with five games on Wednesday, before a full slate of play on the weekend. AS Laval and Longueuil are the only two teams who will not play in midweek. Everyone else will have a pair of matches.

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