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League1 Canada Women’s Review – Week 9

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Another week of action across League1 Canada is complete, with the women’s leagues nearing their end in western Canada. Regular season titles, playoff spots, and, in Ontario, relegation places, are still to be decided across the board.

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Here is this week’s recap of what went down in League1 Canada in women’s football. To find the men’s recap, you can read that here.

League1 BC: Unity Adds Two More Wins

It was all about Unity FC this week in League1 BC. The side from Surrey added two more victories in what has already been an impressive year from them. On Wednesday, they beat Burnaby 6-1. Five different players found the net for the hosts, who earned a rather comfortable victory in the end.

Friday’s lone game saw TSS Rovers lose 2-0 at home to Whitecaps Academy. Both goals were scored in the second half as the defending champions continue to look good in holding onto their crown.

It was more disappointment for Burnaby on Saturday as they again fell to defeat. This time, the loss was a lot closer – a 2-1 reverse to Harbourside. Erin Jansen and Sophie Miranda got the goals for Harbourside, and while Shila Rasoul did get one back with 15 minutes play, it would prove to not be enough for Burnaby.

In their second game of the week, Unity defeated Altitude 2-1 on Sunday. Elizabeth Hicks’ goal at the three quarters mark made the difference as Unity held on to complete the week with two victories.

The Whitecaps are a win, plus a Burnaby loss of points, away from capturing the regular season crown once more. Up next for the league leaders is a trip to their nearest challengers, Unity, on Wednesday night. Friday sees TSS Rovers and Rivers, who are both in need of a win, square off. Burnaby’s game against Altitude wraps things up on Saturday.

League1 Alberta: Goals Galore Across the Action

There were four games last week in League1 Alberta, which produced a combined 19 goals. Tuesday saw St. Albert Impact defeat the Edmonton Scottish 5-1. Four different players found the net for the Impact, who was also aided by a Kiera Inglis own goal in the second half.

A ruthless first half from the Calgary Foothills saw them cruise to a 4-1 success over Callies United. Ruth Adekugbe, who came on at the hour mark, found the net in the 89th minute to firmly put the result in the Foothills’ favour.

On Friday, ASA High Performance topped St. Albert 2-0 in a close match. Taegan Stewart and Ashlynn Walia got the goals in either half to give their side their fourth win of the term.

A back-and-forth encounter in Edmonton saw BTB Academy and Callies United split the points in a 3-3 thriller. The hosts led after just seven minutes, only for the Callies to strike thrice. Yet, in the 81st and 85th minutes, BTB managed to score two more to collect a point from the match.

Despite not playing this week, Calgary Blizzard’s four-point lead remains. Edmonton Scottish and ASA High Performance are the primary chase pack, though the Callies, Foothills, and BTB are all within five points of the duo. St. Albert, who had their first five games forfeited, stays at the bottom.

There are only two games in League1 Alberta next week, both coming on Tuesday. The Tartans welcome BTB, while ASA High Performance meets the Foothills.

League1 Ontario: The Action Starts to Intensify

There were no games in the L1 Cup last week, but there will be next week. The remaining quarterfinals will occur on Wednesday, as Woodbridge Strikers battles North Toronto Nitros, and Vaughan Azzurri meets Darby.

League1 Ontario Premier: Nitro Energy From North Toronto

There were seven games across League1 Ontario Premier Division last week as all teams have now hit the second half of their season. Wednesday’s two games saw North Toronto top FC London 3-1, while Simcoe County Rovers defeated Guelph United 2-1.

Friday night’s match saw NDC Ontario pull off a 1-0 victory over Vaughan Azzurri, with April Lantaigne’s goal just before the hour mark making the difference. It is NDC’s ninth league win of the campaign, and a crucial one at that.

On Saturday, Woodbridge topped Alliance United 2-0. Both goals came within 10 minutes of each other in the second period to give Woodbridge another three points. Meanwhile in Mississauga, a five-goal first half saw FC London beat North Mississauga 4-1 away. An Alliyah Rowe double saw the visitors pull away in this clash.

It was a second win in a matter of days for North Toronto, as they wrapped up Saturday’s action with a 3-0 success over Simcoe County Rovers. Jade Kovacevic continued her excellent season with a first-half brace en route to her side’s victory. Morgan Fenton added one more at the end of the match to put the game beyond doubt.

Sunday’s sole match saw Guelph United defeat Blue Devils 4-0 in a solid match for the hosts. All four goals were scored by four different players, two in each half, as Guelph dominated the match to earn an important result in the battle to avoid relegation.

Saturday continues the next round of play with two games. FC London meets Alliance, while North Mississauga welcomes Guelph. The other three games of the round are on Sunday, as the Blue Devils welcome NDC Ontario, Vaughan battles North Toronto, and Woodbridge takes on Simcoe.

League1 Ontario Championship: Waterloo Only Winners of Weekend

Four of the five games in the League1 Ontario Championship Division ended honours even, with three of them even having the same scoreline. Friday night’s clash between Pickering and Darby was the exception, as neither side could find the back of the net in this match.

Saturday saw the only team to win this week, BVB IA Waterloo, complete a dominant 6-1 win over Rush Canada. Abby Kraemer got another hat-trick in what was a deserving win from Waterloo.

Saturday’s other two games – Burlington against Tecumseh, and Scrosoppi versus Hamilton United Elite, both ended 1-1. Burlington managed a 95th minute equalizer from Leah Homan to earn a point, cancelling Olivia Corazza’s opener nine minutes in. Meanwhile in Milton, goals in either half, both coming from Hamilton players, saw the game end without a winner.

On Sunday, Prostars and Unionville Milliken played to a 1-1 stalemate. Chantel Spalla’s 35th minute goal put the home side ahead, before Olivia Allen responded for Unionville four minutes into the second half to grab her side a point.

The top five are separated by just five points, the bottom five is separated by five points. This gives us a lot to enjoy over the second half of the League1 Ontario Championship season.

Next week’s games begin with two Friday matches, as Darby hosts Hamilton United, and Pickering meets Waterloo. Scrosoppi takes on Rush Canada, and Burlington battles Unionville in Saturday’s two games, before Prostars and Tecumseh close out the weekend on Sunday.

League2 Ontario: Master’s Earns Draw, St. Catharine’s Defeated

The fourth week of League2 Ontario’s crossover matches took place last week, with nine games transpiring. The exception was the Blue Devils’ match with Unionville, which was postponed.

Tuesday had a pair of games, as Rush Academy topped North Mississauga 2-1, while Simcoe County Rovers got the better of Guelph 5-0. Wednesday’s two games saw Vaughan pick up a 4-0 away win at Scrosoppi, while Waterloo edged Darby 2-1.

Thursday’s only game saw Woodbridge comfortably beat Burlington 5-0. Friday’s two games ended 2-1 in Alliance’s favour over Hamilton United, and a 3-0 success for Pickering at Prostars.

Saturday’s match saw Master’s FA pick up their second point of the season in a 1-1 draw with FC London. Madeline Benjamin put the away side in front after 16 minutes, before Sophia Gutierrez responded shortly after the break to give Master’s a point.

In Sunday’s lone match, St. Catharine’s Roma Wolves fell 3-0 to North Toronto. Tierra Garniss scored two late goals for the Torontonians to secure all three points.

As we reach the final full round of the crossover matches, both conferences look quite tight at the top. Just five points separate the top five teams in each, making things look very spicy for the second half of the season.

Across the 11 games next week, Master’s willl travel to Oakville to face Rush Canada on Tuesday, while St. Catharine’s hosts North Mississauga in Sunday’s match.

Ligue1 Quebec: AS Laval and OSU Win Big

The Ligue1 Quebec regular season continues to get interesting following this weekend’s five matches. Things got underway on Friday night, as AS Blainville topped AS Pierrefonds 3-1 at home. A hat-trick from Erika Bastien was the difference maker in the game as ASB earned their sixth success of the campaign.

Friday’s other game saw Celtix du Haut-Richelieu hold their nerve to defeat CF Montreal 2-1. The home side took the lead twice – the second time in the 75th minute – to clinch all three points.

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Saturday had the remaining three games, starting with AS Laval’s 5-0 success over CS St-Hubert. Jade Bordeleau got her hat-trick in the second half, after Devon and Rachel Vermaire gave their side the advantage in the first period.

Ottawa South United was the biggest winner of the weekend though, as they easily defeated Chaudiere-Ouest 7-0. There were six different scorers for the side from the capital as they managed to win this game without too much trouble.

The final game of the round ended in victory for CS Mont-Royal Outremont, in a 2-0 defeat of Longueuil. Marie-Eve O’Breham got both goals, one in each half, to secure the win for CSMRO.

CFM and CSMRO are the current top two in Group A on 25 and 20 points, respectively. OSU (18 points) and FC Laval (14) are the other sides who still has a realistic shot at making the playoffs. AS Blainville (22) and Celtix (20) occupy the top two places in Group B, with Beauport six points back of the latter.

Two full rounds of play will take place across next week in L1QC, with the most notable matches being FC Laval against CSMRO, Celtix versus Blainville (both Wednesday), CSMRO and OSU, and FC Laval against CFM (both Saturday).

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