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League1 Canada Women’s Review – Week 4

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With the Whitecaps rising, NDC remaining untouched, and the Maritime Super Series finally being announced, this fourth week of League1 Canada’s 2024 season has brought with it a level of excitement never before seen at the third-tier of Canadian footy!

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This article looks at all things that happened in League1 Canada’s women’s divisions. For the piece on the men’s action, you can find that recap linked here.

Photo Credit: Meyrick Jones (IG @meyrickj)

League1 BC: Whitecaps Domination Continues

Burnaby FC 0 – 2 Vancouver Whitecaps Girls Elite

TSS Rovers FC 2 – 1 Altitude FC

Vancouver Whitecaps Girls Elite 5 – 0 Rivers FC

Altitude FC 1 – 0 Unity FC

It was a relatively quiet week in L1BC with only four games in six days. But fear not as the league collectively brought in 11 goals across said games, giving fans a lot to cheer for!

For their first season, Burnaby FC had been holding their own quite well against a talented opposition, even doing so for 64 minutes against the Whitecaps Girls Elite squad. However a soaring shot by Kiera Blundell cleared the hand of keeper Sarah Loewen in the 65′, followed up in the 85′ when her patience allowed Blundell to net a second, sinking Burnaby two-nil.

Swangard Stadium was the perfect setting for a Friday night game as the TSS Rovers hosted the first Iron Workers Derby of 2024 and their Home Opener versus Altitude FC. What should have been a Rovers-dominated game with goals by Devon Kavanagh and Megan Sun was nearly spoiled when an Altitude arching ball ultimately ended up as an own goal by Amanda Scott, helping AFC to their sole goal of the match.

The Whitecaps returned to the pitch on Sunday, at home at Thunderbird Stadium as the visiting Rivers looked to spoil their so-far stellar season. Unfortunately for Dave Corke’s side, the pain would start at the 25′ and continue on until added time with Blundell, Sather, Hunter, Yee, and Connell all finding their into the net of Kelsey Fisher.

Victoria Day allowed North Van soccer fans to take in a match on a lovely day at Kinsmen Field as Altitude invited the Surrey-based side Unity FC to their stomping grounds. A level affair all the way through, it would take a Hail Mary shot by Jade Mitchell in added time to claim Altitude’s first W of 2024. It was so unexpected, even the camera crew wasn’t ready for it, as seen above.

The Whitecaps enter Week 5 with a nine-point lead over second place Altitude, but hot on their heels in third and fourth are Burnaby and Unity who are tied at four points a-piece. TSS Rovers, Rivers FC, and Harbourside FC all remain outside of the playoffs with three, three, and two points respectively.

Photo Credit: Alberta Soccer

League1 Alberta: Three’s a-Company

ASA High Performance 3 – 1 Callies United

St. Albert Impact 3 – 0 Edmonton Scottish

Matchweek 4 (3 for L1A) was also a quiet one as all sides had the long weekend off. However the midweek had two intra-city matches which provided for good action for all in attendance!

Callies United hit the road for a cross-town trip to face off against the ASA High Performance squad at the Macron Performance Centre. It would be a ‘Triple-A’ display of talent by NDC Alberta as Aja Turner, Amelia Schepp, and Ashlynn Walia sunk Shaun Lowther’s Callies side despite a redemption strike by Elena Georgacacos to make it only a 3-1 loss.

Up in the provincial capital, the St. Albert Impact hosted the Edmonton Scottish Women’s side. The Impact’s two starting Samanatha’s would steal the first half as Sam Gouveia and Sam Bouchard joined the score board in the 38′ and 45′ followed by teammate Brenna Paquin to round out the 3-0 scoreline.

This coming week brings with it more teams in play as the Blizzard host NDC on the 24th. Both teams play again on Friday as NDC visit the league-leading Impact, CBSC visit the Scots, and BTB return after a 14-day hiatus to battle Callies United.

Photo Credit: Sammy York

League1 Ontario: Devil Went Down To Woodbridge

All three divisions of League1 Ontario’s pyramid were in action this week with several blowouts perfectly paired with tense, close matches, meaning fans were amply entertained in Week 4.

The women’s L1 Cup also restarted this week with Scrosoppi, Vaughan Azzurri, FC London, and Darby punching through to the Quarterfinals while Woodbridge would squeak in over Pickering FC after winning 5-4 on penalties.

League1 Ontario – Premiership

NDC Ontario 2 – 0 North Toronto Nitros

FC London 4 – 1 Guelph United

North Mississauga SC 1 – 1 Simcoe County Rovers FC

Blue Devils FC 1 – 12 Woodbridge Strikers

Vaughan Azzurri 1 – 3 Alliance United FC

Photo Credit: Vasiliy Ryabykh / League1 Ontario

Dowsview Park saw the first kickoff of the Matchweek with the fourth-place Nitros hosting the undefeated and first-placed NDC Ontario. After 42′ mins of playing, April Lantaigne would break the deadlock for the provincial development squad. Despite a fierce Nitros offence, Bryana Gaynor would make it two-nil in the dying minutes to close up the match.

Guelph United’s women’s squad struggled against their Forest City opponents this week, as Randy Ribeiro’s girls only capitalizing once against OUA Champion keeper Cassidy Joslin from the uOttawa Gee-Gee’s. Oppositely, GUFC would give up goals to Abreo, Benati, Caldwell, and Morrison, dropping the ‘#UnitedFront’ into eigth place.

Simcoe County almost had a for sure win over North Mississauga on Saturday as they controlled the scoreboard for 71 minutes. Michelle Plowman’s 18th-minute goal was the only notch in the ref’s pocketbook until the Panthers’ Amanda Cripps tied it up in the 89th to split the points.

Photo Credit: Martin Bazyl / League1 Ontario

And then there’s what happened in Oakville…

From the first minute it was clear that the Devils’ defence was going to struggle against the aptly-named Strikers, but no one expected 12! After seven goals in the first half, BDFC starting keeper Abbigale Harrison was mercifully replaced by Astrid Hancocks. The second half started promising as the Devils got on the board with a goal by Ava Elgood, but the floodgates would open once more as Samantha Murphy, and Jayda Thompson completed their hat-tricks alongside goals by Bizzoni, Dennehy, Fishcer, and Costa.

The Premier division was closed out at North Maple Field. League1 Ontario’s 2023 Inter-Provincial Championship representatives Alliance United claimed all three points here as Laura Gosse and Leda Naihin scored in regular time. Added time proved exciting as AUFC’s Natasha Budisa scoring at 90+2′, protecting her side from a late Vaughan push one minute later with Kathleen Kimens’ goal.

League1 Ontario – Championship

Rush Canada Academy 1 – 2 Burlington SC

Scrosoppi FC 2 – 2 Pickering FC

Tecumseh United FC 2 – 4 Unionville Milliken SC

ProStars FC 0 – 1 Hamilton United

BVB IA Waterloo 1 – 1 Darby FC

Despite finding the back of the net first, Rush Canada’s championship side were unable to hold the Bayhawks at bay as two late goals clinched the victory, including Emily Henahan’s impressive-yet-controversial 80′ Hail Mary snuck into the Rush net, requiring the assistant referee to flag it down to indicate a goal had been scored.

In a ‘battle of the licenses’, Pickering FC hit the 401 to visit the owners of their previous L1O women’s team rights with Milton’s Scrosoppi FC. Kennedy Pryce would strike first for the home side, but two goals by Pickering in the last ten minutes nearly sent them home with three points had it not been for SFC’s Kaleigh McKye who saved it for her squad in added time.

At St. Clair College’s turf, by the 67′ it seemed like all hope was lost for Tecumseh United as their Unionville Milliken opponents netted three while on top of a Tecumseh own goal. Two goals in quick succession by the home squad’s front line nearly brought them back into the game, but it was not enough.

Low-scoring affairs plagued Victoria Park and RIM Park as ProStars hosted Hamilton United while BVB IA Waterloo hosted Darby FC. Hamilton’s Erin Hedgcock would win it early on for her side at the 43′ while up in the Tri-Cities, a 47′ and 49′ goals would keep it even between Borussia Dortmund’s academy and their Whitby-based counterparts.

Photo Credit: Martin Bazyl / League1 Ontario

League2 Ontario

(South-West) Rush Canada Academy L2 3 – 3 Burlington SC L2

(South-West) BVB IA Waterloo L2 0 – 1 St. Catharines Roma Wolves

(South-West) Guelph United FC L2 0 – 4 Blue Devils FC L2

(South-West) Hamilton United L2 1 – 0 ProStars FC L2

(North-East) Unionville Milliken SC L2 3 – 5 North Toronto Nitros L2

(North-East) Vaughan Azzurri L2 2 – 2 Woodbridge Strikers L2

(North-East) Darby FC L2 0 – 4 Alliance United FC L2

(North-East) Pickering FC L2 2 – 1 North Mississauga SC L2

(North-East) Master’s FA 0 – 6 Simcoe County Rovers FC L2

St. Catharine’s Roma Wolves women’s side has been fairing quite well for themselves this season, presently sitting in 2nd place behind Scrosoppi’s L2 squad. Wolves remained composed against a strong Waterloo roster and capitalized in the 75′ off of the foot of Amy Froome to seize all three points.

Master’s FA women’s team has seen opposite fortunes so far this season, currently sitting dead last with an 0W-1D-3L record and this was on display this past week versus Guelph’s L2 roster. Jada Arthur’s would carry her team with four of the six goals while Prita Rastogi and Nathalie Hoppe complimented the victory.

Photo Credit: Chris Hue

Ligue1 Quebec: The Pack Splits

CF Montreal 3 – 0 CS St-Hubert

OSU Atletico 1 – 3 AS Pierrefonds

AS Blainville 1 – 0 Celtix du Haut-Richelieu

CS Mont-Royal Outremont 3 – 0 FC Laval

Royal Sélects Beauport 2 – 1 AS Chaudiere-Ouest

CF Montreal 1 – 0 CS Longueuil

FC Laval 2 – 0 AS Laval

AS Pierrefonds 2 – 2 Celtix du Haut-Richelieu

CS Mont-Royal Outremont 0 – 2 AS Chaudiere-Ouest

CS St-Hubert 1 – 1 AS Blainville

OSU Atletico 0 – 0 Royal Selects Beauport

There was non-stop action this past week in ‘la belle province’ as all 12 sides suited up in their quest for glory.

CF Montreal’s women’s side maintained their grip on first in the league with two wins this past week, one over the struggling Spatiale in St-Hubert and the other over CS Longueuil. Esther Brossard would prove to be a deciding factor in both games, netting three goals including both game winners while Hosane Soukou scored her first of the season versus St-Hubert.

Ontario’s sole L1QC side tripped up this week gaining only one point over their two bouts. Despite scoring the opener versus AS Pierrefonds, opposing goals in the 46′, 51′, and 66′ would mark the end of OSU’s lead. Later in the week, the Atletico Ottawa-affiliated squad would eek out their third draw of 2024 in a scoreless-draw versus Quebec City’s Beauport.

Photo Credit: United Dartmouth FC

Maritime Super Series: 2024 Edition

As revealed earlier this week, the tester series for a future League1 Maritimes will be returning for it’s second exhibition series in 2024 with a women’s tournament highlighting the competition.

READ MORE: Maritime Super Series Returns For 2024 Women’s Tournament

Taking to the pitch this year, the Fredricton Picaroon Reds will line up against fellow returnees in the Winsloe Charlottetown Royals FC and newcomers United Dartmouth FC over three weekends this summer, the first of which will take place this weekend in Dartmouth, NS from May 24-26.

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