HUSA Alumni win 2011 Challenge Trophy
Coach Stewart Gillott said he was still on cloud nine following his team’s victory in the 2011 National Championships Challenge Trophy final. After a full week of soccer in Brossard, QC, his team Huskie United Soccer Academy Alumni came out on top in the senior men’s competition, a first for any club from the Prairies province of Saskatchewan. HUSA Alumni won the 10 October final 2:0 over ICST Pegasus of British Columbia.
“I am a little bit numb,” said head coach Gillott. “It is all just a little bit surreal, but the boys were fantastic and they got their just dessert.”
Nathan Reis and Michal Collins scored for the winners in the championship final. Reis had the Saskatoon club up 1:0 in the first quarter of an hour. Collins then scored the second goal on a penalty kick in the 75th minute to give the Saskatoon team a comfortable lead heading into the last 15 minutes.
In the competition’s 99th year, Saskatchewan was the only province never to have won the Challenge Trophy as national champions. Just last year, Prince Edward Island became the ninth province when Churchill Arms (now Soccerstop Edge) won the Challenge Trophy at the 2010 National Championships. Saskatchewan joined the club this year with HUSA Alumni’s Monday morning victory.
Surrey United wins 2011 Jubilee Trophy
Surrey United won its second Jubilee Trophy in eight years on Monday 10 October, holding off the up-and-coming Royal-Sélect Beauport in the 2011 National Championships senior women’s competition. Representing British Columbia for an eighth consecutive season, Surrey United was by far the more experienced team and had little difficulty containing its opponent in the 2:1 championship victory.
Surrey United’s last Jubilee Trophy title was in 2006 at home in Surrey, BC. This time the team got the job done on the road, winning gold after a full week of competition in Brossard, QC.
“Our girls came out determined to dictate the tempo,” said Surrey United head coach Jeff Clarke. “Our girls just didn’t get rattled: they were so focused.”
Midfielder Rachael Pelat, for Clarke his best player of the tournament, scored the opening goal in the 40th minute to give Surrey United a much-deserved 1-0 lead. One-time FIFA Women’s World Cup player Katie Thorlakson then scored the team’s second goal on a penalty kick in the second half.
Beauport did score a late goal and thereafter threw everything it had on the attack. Frédérique Paradis scored direct from a free kick on what Clarke called just a “spectacular shot.” Beauport’s late rush, however, was not strong enough to create an equaliser.
“I think we came in with more of a killer instinct,” said Clarke.
Québec and Ontario face off in both finals of the U-18 Cup
The 2011 Canadian Soccer Association National Championships U-18 Cup in Fredericton came to a close on Monday 10 October with two finals showcasing clubs from Québec and Ontario. Both provinces split the honours, with the Ajax Strikers winning the boys title over St-Hubert and Longueuil stealing the girls title on kicks from the penalty mark over North London Galaxy.
Ontario Erin Mills Eagles dominate both U-16 Cups
Two Ontario teams headed into the finals at the 2011 Canadian Soccer Association National Championships in Lethbridge, AB; both concluded the tournament with a championship title on Monday 10 October. Erin Mills Eagles won 4:0 over Longueuil (Québec) in the boys final while the Erin Mills Mighty Eagles won 7:0 over St. John’s (Newfoundland Labrador) in the girls final.
KNSC 1997 Red Lions and Le Laser win U-14 Cups
Ontario’s KNSC Red Lions and Québec’s Le Laser won the U-14 Cups at the 2011 Canadian Soccer Association National Championships in Mount Pearl and St. John’s, NL. KNSC Red Lions defeated Alberta’s Edmonton Inter 4:0 in the boys final while Le Laser got past Ontario’s North Mississauga Panthers by a 3:1 scoreline in the girls. Both finals were played on Monday 10 October.
The 2011 Canadian Soccer Association National Championships is the umbrella tournament for Canada’s premier amateur competitions, from the senior level Challenge Trophy and Jubilee Trophy competitions down to the U-14 levels. The National Championships feature four Nutrilite All Stars competitions from in July and the eight club championships in October. Through its 12 competitions in six venues, the National Championships feature more than 3,000 players, staff and officials in July and October.