By Randy Wachtin, LIWSA
With Photos by Mark Yager (ISN)
Victoria (ISN) – The Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association (LIWSA) crowned two of its Division Champions last Sunday at Braefoot Park, with the Castaways FC winning the Doug Day Cup with a 3-0 win over Vic West in the Division 1 final and the Gorge FC winning the Terry Price Cup with a 3-1 win over Gordon Head in the Premier Final.
The Doug Day Cup between Castaways and Vic West was a very competitive game amongst equal combatants. This game ebbed & flowed in a pattern that saw both teams pressure the ball defensively with very few scoring opportunities presented.
At the sixty minute mark, one could see how exhausted both teams were from the physical contest as not one inch of territory was easy to earn. Regulation time ended in a 0-0 draw. Two fifteen minute overtime periods were played to FIFA rules.
Castaways striker, Joey Porco scored the opening goal early in the first overtime period. The second overtime period saw Vic West take risks. They maintained pressure in the Castaways defensive area and were unlucky to not score from the chances presented.
Porco netted her second in transition with Castaways creating gaps between the Vic West defenders. Vic West continued their plucky play by forcing Castaways to defend in numbers, but it would be Castaways who prevailed with a third goal by Julia Ratcliffe near the end of overtime to take the Doug Day Cup from the holders, Vic West FC.
With the win, the Castaways FC earned the double title, being crowned both League and Cup Champions.
Castaways FC now advance to the Provincial B Cup play-downs as the #1 seed from LIWSA. Also advancing to Provincial B Cup play-downs from LIWSA are Vic West FC, Prospect Lake and Sooke Pumas.
In the Premier Division final, two teams with a common goal, Gorge FC and Gordon Head Gold, battled for the Terry Price Cup, LIWSA’s cup competition for women’s teams competing in the Premier Division.
Gorge pressured early and often with pace and active diagonal movement of the ball that opened wide gaps in the Gordon Head defence. Bronte Fitzsimmons scored in the opening minutes as a reward for the pace dictated by Gorge.
Gordon Head settled and countered with active play in the Gorge half creating scoring opportunities that simply did not find their mark. Gorge would score again mid-way through the opening half on a arching shot by their midfielder Sarah Cameron saw striker Liz Hanson and Gordon Head keeper Veronica Hackett leap in unison to play the ball that both barely missed.
Gordon Head Gold dictated the attack early in the second half but couldn’t solve the Gorge keeper. It would be a switch in territorial possession in the second half that allowed Gorge FC’s Heather Christie to score a brilliant strike for the 3-0 lead.
This goal didn’t deter Gordon Head who continued to force the attack with many near misses on shots low away and from the Gorge keeper. Gordon Head Striker, Laura Simandl finally solved the riddle and scored a beautiful goal for Gordon Head. Despite, the persistant pressure by Gordon Head, Gorge FC were able to see the game through and claim the Terry Price Cup.
Prospect Lake FC as league champions are the #1 seed from LIWSA as they advance to Provincial A Cup play-downs. Terry Price Cup champion, Gorge FC earn the #2 seed from LIWSA. Also representing LIWSA in provincial A Cup play-downs are Gordon Head Gold, Nanaimo United and Castaways FC.
Two more league cup finals will be contested this coming Sunday, April 1st at Lochside Park.
Frank Leversedge Community Cup
Bays United (Div 3B) vs. Saanich Fusion Storm (Div 3B)
12pm kick off
Stephanie Shergold Cup
Saltspring United (Div 2) vs. Gorge FC (O30 A)
2:30pm kick off
These cup finals are equally important to LIWSA members and supporters as we celebrate all divisions in Women’s soccer. We are delighted to announce special guest, Peggy Leversedge will be on hand to present the Frank Leversedge Community Cup and medallions to the cup winner and medallions to the finalists.