CHARLOTTETOWN – It has been a good week for the Summerside United Soccer Club.
The United got by RC United 1-0 to win the Subway P.E.I. Under-15 Girls Soccer League (Premier Division) championship on Thursday evening. It was the club’s second provincial title in three days after Summerside’s under-18 girls’ Premier Division team’s 4-2 victory over Hillsborough United in its title match in Charlottetown on Tuesday night.
“It was a very tight game, and our coaching staff was very pleased with the team’s overall play,” noted Wade Smith, coach of the Summerside under-15 squad. “It was awesome to see how excited the girls were at the end of the game.”
At the UPEI turf field, Ashlyn Pridham scored her second straight game-winning goal of the playoffs. After finding the back of the net with four minutes left in the second 10-minute overtime half against visiting Hillsborough at Eric Johnston Field in Tuesday’s semifinal match, Pridham’s clutch scoring continued as she made no mistake on a penalty kick for the final’s lone goal. Summerside keeper Lauren Clark would preserve the lead as she registered back-to-back post-season shutouts.
“After we scored in the first half we played a little more defensively in the second half,” added Smith. “Lauren played exceptionally well in nets. Our fullbacks and midfield did a good job moving the ball up the field, and clearing the ball when we got in trouble.”
Top two teams
The final featured a clash between the top two teams in the league. RC United had an undefeated regular season at 9-0-2 (won-lost-tied), and Summerside finished in second place at 6-4-2. Both teams pulled out close wins in the semifinals, with Summerside edging Hillsborough United 1-0 and RC United getting by the Winsloe/Charlottetown Royals 2-1.
“RC never lost a game in the regular season, so we knew we had to play very well to win,” offered Smith, who was joined by UPEI Panther Rachel Green and Blair Murphy on the team’s coaching staff. “We won gold against RC in the Eliot River tournament, and RC won gold against us in the Central Queens tournament. They are two very close teams.”