MONTAGUE – It was a finish to remember for the Summerside United in the Subway P.E.I. Under-13 Girls Soccer League (Premier Division) championship game on Saturday.
The United and Stratford played a very entertaining match, which required penalty kicks to decide the 2018 Provincial Cup winner at the Eastern Eagles Soccer Complex.
The teams were tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time, and two tense five-minute scoreless overtime periods followed.
After the first three shooters from both teams scored, it came down to sudden-death penalty kicks. Summerside’s sixth shooter, Annie-Pier Morency, broke the tie and scored what proved to be the championship-clinching goal. Also scoring on penalty kicks for the United were Ardyn Hardy, Lana Gillis and Amelia Murphy while Madelyn MacPherson was solid in Summerside’s net.
“Both teams displayed strong, solid play throughout the game,” commented Summerside head coach Ian Gillis. “It was a battle to the end.
“The fact that it came down to two overtimes and six shooters is a testament to how good both teams are.”
After a scoreless first half, Stratford opened the scoring as Zoe Olscamp broke through the defensive line. However, it didn’t take the United long to respond as a long hard shot by Olivia James found the back of the net to tie the score 1-1.
“Fortunately, for us, the girls were able to stay calm and managed to pull off the win,” noted Gillis. “The Summerside Premier girls have played well all season, maintaining a positive attitude and cohesiveness, supporting each other on and off the field. It was a pleasure to be involved with such a caring and fun group of girls.”
The United completed regular-season play atop the league standings at 5-2-5 (won-lost-tied), three points ahead of second-place Stratford (4-3-5).
In the bronze-medal game, Chloe Cudmore, Victoria Zakem and Georgia Doucette scored while Juliette Bader and Maggie Mullins shared the shutout as the Winsloe/Charlottetown Royals topped the Eliot River Ramblers 3-0.
Winsloe/West Royalty edged Stratford 2-1 in the under-13 boys’ Premier Division final.
Zachary Zakem and Ben Hashimoto scored early in the first half for Winsloe/West Royalty. Luke MacKenzie replied for Stratford.
The Sherwood-Parkdale Rangers edged Summerside 3-2 in the bronze-medal contest.
Jon Fradsham, RJ Acorn and Ibrahim Abouassaili scored first-half goals for the Rangers, who led 3-0 at halftime. An own goal and a marker from Kiefer Thompson accounted for the United’s scoring.
The West Prince Storm prevailed 3-2 over Summerside to claim championship honours in the girls’ First Division.
Heidi Arsenault scored two goals in the first half, and Brooke Doucet added one in the second half to pace the Storm. Jaelynn Oatway and Katie-Grace Noye netted late goals for the United to make for an interesting finish.
“The game was very even,” said Summerside coach Jeff Brant. “Both sides had their chances, the game had good flow with both teams battling hard.
“West Prince capitalized early, but we battled back to make it a close game in the end, we just came up a little short against a really good team.”
Eliot River edged Winsloe/Charlottetown 1-0 in penalty kicks to win the bronze medal.
Andrea Desbarats earned the shutout and stopped all three penalty kicks for Eliot River. Evelyn Peacock was Winsloe/Charlottetown’s keeper.
A four-goal effort from Kohen Affleck led Sherwood-Parkdale to a 5-1 win over Kensington in the boys’ final.
Nash Coffin also scored for Sherwood-Parkdale while Matt Clark answered for Kensington.
Goals from Haibo Li and Sam Howatt, along with Seth Fraser’s shutout, sparked Winsloe/Charlottetown to a 2-0 win over West Prince in the bronze-medal match.
In the under-13 girls’ Second Division final, Ava Dykstra’s two first-half goals led the Central Queens Clippers to a 2-1 win over Winsloe/Charlottetown. Summer Myers replied for the Royals.
A first-half goal from Katelyn Brothers and Sophia Nolan’s shutout led the Eastern Eagles to a 1-0 victory over the Summerside United for the bronze medal.
“The game was very close from the onset,” said United head coach Mike Hall. “However, strong play by the Eastern Eagles’ fullbacks proved to be the difference."
Hall added he is proud of his team's effort throughout the season.
“We played as a team throughout the summer, and created friendships that will last for years to come.”
There is no boys’ Second Division.