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League1 Canada Women’s Review – Week 8

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Week 8 of the L1Canada season has been a wild card. From a seemingly-forfeited season in L1AB to upsets in BC, ON, and QC, there was something for everyone this week.

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.

Photo Credit: Ryan Shen (IG: rshen21)

League1 BC: One Step Closer to the IPC

Altitude FC 1 – 1 Whitecaps Girls Elite

TSS Rovers FC 2 – 1 Harbourside FC

Rivers FC 1 – 2 Burnaby FC

With the details of the 2024 League1 Canada Inter-Provincial Championship announced last Thursday, the stakes have gotten all the more real for all seven L1BC sides.

Considering this however, the league-leading WFC Girls Elite side were unable to secure these vital points against the 2W-4D-3L Altitude FC. The North Shore’s Jade Mitchell opened the scoring just before the half to put her side ahead at a crucial juncture. However L1BC’s top scorer Kierra Blundell was not one to be subdued and forced the draw only four-minutes into the half to split the points.

Photo Credit: Yonatan Roling (IG: roling_shots)

Harbourside FC has only two points on the season with zero wins, thus when the opening goal against TSS Rovers came off the foot of Jazmin Wilkinson, spirits were high. Unfortunately, Rovers’ Tilly James and Kaitlan Cerney would tie and take the lead respectively to steal another set of points from the Nanaimo side.

Considering the Whitecaps’ solidarity point gain on Wednesday, second-place Burnaby FC had everything to gain in their match versus Rivers FC, and this they did. While Rivers did open the scoring early on to take the lead, Burnaby goals by Rasoul and Cartier allowed for their side to claim a 2-1 victory and close the gap in the tables against the Whitecaps.

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

League1 Alberta: Collision Course for the Impact

NDC Alberta 2 – 1 Calgary Blizzard SC

Edmonton Scottish 2 – 0 NDC Alberta

Calgary Blizzard SC 2 – 1 BTB SC

St. Albert Impact FORFEIT Calgary Foothills FC

League1 Alberta this past matchweek presented many up’s and down’s for its seven sides. NDC Alberta shot themselves up into the top three while the St. Albert Impact have been inexplicably stripped of all their points and have seemingly forfeited their season thus far. There is clearly more to come with this story, and Northern Tribune will have you covered whenever there is a release from club or league officials.

The mid-table of L1AB is getting quite crowded and this past Tuesday’s match between the NDC and Blizzard was the latter’s opportunity to shoot up into second. Unfortunately for them, Allie Pazarka put on a stellar individual performance for the NDC netting a brace in the second half, including the game winner in added time!

Despite cementing their win over the league-leaders on Tuesday, NDC Alberta came back in action on Friday where they would drop the match to the now-second place Edmonton Scottish. A clean sheet for Jessica Spurell and a brace by Jyla Erandio would seal the deal for the Edmontonians to secure 2nd on head-to-head.

The Blizzard would get back into winning form on Friday as they faced off against the BTB SC. Grace Moore opened the ref’s book first in the 21′ followed by teammate Kaleigh Major just before half. The Blizzard would hold down the fort for 92 minutes until BTB’s Makenna Van Der Veen would find one of her own in added time to swipe the clean sheet away.

Photo Credit: Martin Bazyl / League1 Ontario

League1 Ontario: Pride Comes Before The Fall

All three divisions of L1Ontario provided ample excitement for all those keeping tabs on the season, however it also demonstrated that in a league like the such, even the lower-seeded teams stand a chance against the powerhouses.

This past week also gave us some L1Cup action on the women’s side with quarter-final action between FC London and Guelph United. It would not be a tight affair as the Forest City found the back of Bree Carrier’s net a total of four times, sending FC London to the semi’s where they will take on the Simcoe County Rovers.

League1 Ontario – Premiership

North Toronto Nitros 2 – 2 Alliance United FC

Woodbridge Strikers 3 – 2 North Mississauga SC

Simcoe County Rovers FC 1 – 2 NDC Ontario

Alliance United FC 0 – 1 FC London

North Mississauga SC 1 – 1 Vaughan Azzurri

North Toronto Nitros 3 – 0 Blue Devils FC

Woodbridge Strikers 2 – 1 Guelph United FC

The Nitros came out of the gate like a bat out of hell during their Wednesday match against Alliance, with team leaders Rice and Kovacevic getting two within 22 minutes. But Raven Edwards-Dowdall’s 35′ red card sent NTN down to 10-players, allowing the Naihin sisters to tie up the match with two masterful goals.

Photo Credit: Martin Bazyl / League1 Ontario

Woodbridge were able to gain an all-important three points this past week in their hunt of NDC Ontario. Although still 6 points out from first, the performance put on from ‘The Bridge’, with goals by Murphy, Garcia Costa, and Thompson to rout the North Mississauga Panthers 3-2 and keep the club’s dreams of their first ever IPC berth alive.

Simcoe County’s woes would continue this week despite changes at the management and coaching level of both their men’s and women’s sides. Zoe Rowe would give her side hope just over the half-hour mark but the undefeated NDC Ontario would strike back as Teegan Melenhorst and Jadea Collin would find glory – the latter off of a penalty shot – to continue NDC’s dominance.

Alliance have truly had a fall-from-grace since last season as they sit in relegation territory with only 8 points to their name. They did hold their own for the first 45 but when Ally Rowe netter her fourth of the 2024 season at the 51′, the lead would stand to send the Forrest City into 4th.

The NMSC Panthers were back in action later in the week and this time were able to sneak away with a point. The Panthers and Vaughan Azzurri locked themselves into a stalemate for 51′ until the visitors’ Brianne Desa broke the lock. Only nine minutes later, however, and Amanda Cripps’ pen tied it back up to leave the game stuck at one-all.

The Blue Devils have all but certainly written this season off and have begun preparing for 2025 as they were 0W-0D-8L going into their Saturday match versus the Nitros and left it 0W-0D-9L. Elise Bell, Emma Warren, and Jade Kovacevic sent the Devils back to Oakville packing while putting North Toronto only five-points back of NDC.

Rounding out L1 Premiership action this season saw Don Ferguson’s Guelph United women’s side travel up to the ‘Bridge to take on the Strikers. Rizakos would net a penalty early on, but two goals in succession by the hosts would sink United for their fifth loss of the season.

Photo Credit: Martin Bazyl / League1 Ontario

League1 Ontario – Championship

Tecumseh United SC 2 – 1 BVB IA Waterloo

Scrosoppi FC 1 – 0 Darby FC

Unionville Milliken SC 4 – 1 Rush Canada Academy

Pickering FC 3 – 2 Hamilton United

Rush Canada Academy 2 – 2 Scrosoppi FC

Hamilton United 5 – 1 Darby FC

Tecumseh United SC 0 – 1 ProStars FC

BVB IA Waterloo 1 – 0 Pickering FC

Unionville Milliken SC 2 – 2 Burlington SC

Tecumseh have struggled so far this season, sitting 6th with a 2W-0D-5L record, so their win this week against the 3rd-placed Waterloo must have come as a surprise. The game began quite even with little action but a few chances in the first half, but when Ava Mills opened the scoring in the 46′, complimented by a later goal by Leah Tate would grace their side with their second win of 2024.

Darby were able to hold their own for the majority of the game against the division-leading Scrosoppi FC but when Mya Newcombe netted a kick from the spot in the 30′, the visitors were unable to overcome the Milton D-line. Despite some near chances in the dying seconds, Darby were unable to tie it up, further cementing Scrosoppi’s hold on 1st.

Photo Credit: Martin Bazyl / League1 Ontario

There was a flurry of goals at the Ontario Soccer Centre as Unionville Milliken hosted the Rush Academy on Wednesday. Despite the ‘Rush-ing’ visitors finding the net first just 10′ in, goals by Grant-Clavijo (x2), Mun Chan, and Allen went unanswered, giving UMSC a 4-1W and placing them just two points out of first.

There was a fierce back-and-forth battle between Pickering and Hamilton with the sides going punch-for-punch – or I guess goal-for-goal in this case. Hamilton’s Campanella opened the scoring only to be matched by Pickering’s Grzesniak. Then the host’s Chiodo and Scott netted two with Hamilton almost making the comeback as Boyd got her side’s second of the match. The third was not to be however, giving Pickering all three points.

Despite a valiant effort by the current Championship leader Scrosoppi, they would prove to be their own biggest hurdle in their matchup against the Rush Academy. Lully and Zingano would put them ahead but an own-goal by Yasmin Castillo would pair nicely with Rush’s own goal off of the foot of Natalie Moynihan to keep the match level at two.

There’s not much to say about Hamilton United’s match against Darby FC: Ava Boyd would demonstrate her scoring prowess three times this match, starting in the third minute (see above). While her first goal was quickly match by the Darby offence, two more Boyd goals alongside Lee and Orfei’s sent the Whitby side into a 5-1 L spiral.

Tecumseh and ProStars engaged in a tense staring match this week, daring the other to break. A match full of chances and bookings, ultimately Tecumseh would blink first as a late chance by Chantel Spalla would claim the W for her ProStars side.

The same could be said for the BVB Waterloo and Pickering match but the rather having the winning-goal come late in, Abby Kraemer’s third-minute strike would be all that was needed to claim all three points for the Black and Yellow.

Unionville’s matchup should have been an easy three points against the last-place Burlington. Unfortunately their 2-1 lead evaporated late into the match as the Bayhawks’ Chuong would tie it up in the 87′ to give Burlington their fifth point of 2024.

League2 Ontario

Unionville Milliken SC II 1 – 2 ProStars FC II

Vaughan Azzurri II 6 – 2 Rush Canada Academy II

Guelph United FC II 0 – 3 Darby FC II

BVB IA Waterloo II 2 – 2 Woodbridge Strikers II

Pickering FC II 2 – 0 FC London II

Alliance United II POSTPONED Scrosoppi FC II

North Mississauga SC II POSTPONED Hamilton United II

Burlington SC II 0 – 1 SC Rovers FC II

Master’s FA 2 – 3 St. Catharines Roma Wolves

North Toronto Nitros II 4 – 0 Blue Devils FC

What. A. MATCH!! The first and only match-up between these two ‘A’ sides provided tons of action for fans from both the Niagara Peninsula and the Toronto area. It wouldn’t take long for Kate Smyth to open the scoring as a defensive breakdown allowed her to slip through the MFA d-line and get the game’s first just one minute in.

Photo Credit: Martin Bazyl / League1 Ontario

From there, it would be a punch-for-punch game as Master’s would tie it up following a mess of bodies in the goal area. the Wolves’ Sydney Sica followed this up just two minutes later while blasting past the Master’s centre-backs. Again, one minute after that and Master’s would tie it up once more as a beautiful strike by Maliea May made it 2-2.

The winner however came from the foot of Sica as she netted her brace from the spot. During a free kick from around the 30yd mark, the Master’s defender would yank down a Roma attacker, brining the ref to call the pen. From there, Sica did her duty and buried it behind Master’s keeper Stella Boorne to claim all three points for her side and sending them into first (Southwest Conference) and seventh (Crossover Conference).

Photo Credit: Celtix du Haut-Richelieu

Ligue1 Quebec: Down Goes CF Montreal

CF Montréal 0 – 0 CS Mont-Royal Outremont

CF Montréal 1 – 2 Royal Selects Beauport

CS St-Hubert 1 – 4 Royal Selects Beauport

CS St-Hubert 1 – 3 CS Longueuil

FC Laval 2 – 1 Celtix du Haut-Richelieu

CS Mont-Royal Outremont 2 – 1 AS Laval

AS Pierrefonds 1 – 0 AS Chaudière-Ouest

OSU Atlético 1 – 2 AS Blainville

Quebec’s pro-am league demonstrated that it too can be full of surprises as we finally saw a take-down of the undefeated CF Montreal while bottom of the table battles made the week extra exciting.

CFM’s two matches this week saw them gain one solitary point out of a possible six as they took on the Griffons and Beauport. When they hosted CSMRO Griffons, both keepers were on their A-game as they held back waves of attacks to keep it nil-nil. Oppositely, when Beauport came to town from the provincial capital, Genevieve Girard and Emmanuelle Collin would sink the league-leading Montrealais despite Lea Larouche’s late goal for CFM to make it 2-1.

Photo Credit: Claude-André Fortin (IG: photofortin_sports)

While down in the Montreal area, Royal Beauport also travelled to the south-shore to take on the CS-H Spatiale. Girard would once again find mesh alongside a brace from Bouchard and a solo goal by Lavigueur against a tired and outpaced Spatiale defence. The Spatial would once again be outplayed on Sunday as they hosted Longueuil. A hat trick by Chloe Renaud would be all that was needed to secure the win for CSL, leaving St-Hubert at 0W-1D-8L.

Both Laval sides were in action this week, with only one picking up points however. FC Laval took on the Celtix in their last match-up before the travel down to the Green Mountain State to take on USL2’s Vermont Green FC’s new women’s squad in an exhibition match, and did they ever prepare themselves. An early goal by Moise plus a 78′ strike by Vespa would undo the Celtix core to claim the win. AS Laval on the other hand would falter thanks to two late goals by CS Mont-Royal Outremont within 10 minutes of each other, no matter Rosalie Olou’s brilliant solo effort.

Rounding out the match-week had both OSU Atletico and AS Chaudiere-Ouest drop points in winnable matches. Pierrefonds and Chaudière-Ouest are both struggling in their respective divisions, but ASP did come out on top with nothing but a 27′ strike by Fatou Ndiaye to give them the ‘dub’. Travelling over to Ottawa’s TAAG Park, despite Lauren Illman tying it up in the 45′, 11 minutes later and Blainville’s Nathalie Brunelle would capitalize off of an OSU miscue to net the game winner.

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