Prospect Lake Sweeps LIWSA Division 1 and Premier Championships

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

March 30, 2014, Victoria, BC (ISN) – It was an exciting afternoon for the Prospect Lake Soccer Club as both their Division 1 and Premier Women’s teams captured their respective Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association (LIWSA) championships Sunday at Hampton Park in Victoria.

In the Division 1 Championship, Prospect Lake went up against the home Gorge Football Club for the rights to the Doug Day Cup.

The league champions Lakers (10-2-3 on the season) were the heavy favourites in this one over 5-4-6 Gorge (5th place finishers in league play), but the feisty Gorge side played a tough game and were even with the Lakers through the first half.

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Gorge FC’s Kate Carlson looks to contain a loose ball under pressure from Prospect Lake’s Maria Beech (6) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Prospect Lake would open the scoring early in the half, when Shannyn Thomas (#3) latched on to a loose ball after a mad scramble in the Gorge goal crease and banged one home for the lead.

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Prospect Lake’s Jennifer Fraser (right) battles for the ball with Gorge FC’s Danielle Daem (left) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Late in the first half, Gorge would even the score off a corner kick, the ball eluding the reach of Laker’s goalkeeper Samantha Schroeder and ending up on the foot of the Gorge’s Danielle Daem (#10) who would make no mistake with the strike, sending the game to half all square.

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Gorge FC’s Danielle Daem lets a shot fly in first half action Sunday. Daem would score the only goal for the Gorge in their 2-1 loss (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The teams would battle hard in the second half, but strong defensive play by both sides would minimize the scoring chances and keep play in the mid-field zone for long stretches.

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Prospect Lake’s Coleen Dougan (left) battles with Gorge’s Meghan Calland (right) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Finally, just past the halfway mark, Prospect Lake’s Shelby Stewart (#16) would break through the mid-field zone on a fine run after which, the ball found its way to Brittany Williams (#24) who scored from well out to give the Lakers the 2-1 lead.

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Prospect Lake’s Shelby Stewart runs through mid-field in second half action Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

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Prospect Lake’s Brittany Williams (left) battles with Gorge FC’s Chelsea Carroll.  Williams would get the game winning goal for the Lakers (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

They would shut Gorge down after that and preserve the exciting 2-1 victory.

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Gorge FC’s Rachel Carlson (right) heads to the turf after being tripped by Prospect Lake’s Kristy McGeough (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

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The Prospect Lake FC – 2014 Doug Day Cup Champions, LIWSA Division 1 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

In the Premier Division final, Prospect Lake went up against Vic West for the rights to the Terry Price Cup.

After watching their Division 1 counterparts eke out a close victory in the previous game, the Premier Lakers decided they would have none of that and struck early and often en route to a convincing 7-0 victory.

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Prospect Lake’s Kelsey Hendriksen (6) gets a pat on the stomach from teammate Katie Leier (8) after scoring the Laker’s first goal against Vic West (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

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Vic West’s Carley Wilgress dribble ahead of Prospect Lake’s Kelsey Hendriksen (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Vic West, who finished second to the Lakers in league play were never really in this one and played from behind early as Prospect Lake’s Kelsey Hendriksen (#6) would score on the first rush of the game, less than a minute into play.

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Vic West’s Courtenay Logan goes up for the header while Prospect Lake’s Katie Leier (8) looks on (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

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Prospect Lake’s Sarah Rhodes (left) and Vic West’s Courtenay Logan (right) battle for a loose ball (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The Lakers would make it 2-0 midway through the half, when Sarah Rhodes (#5) would hit a brilliant strike from well out. The Lakers would continue to dominate play and nearly notch a third goal off a corner kick late in the half, but struck the post and took the 2-0 lead into the break.

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This strike from Prospect Lake’s Sarah Rhodes would hit the back of the net to give the Lakers a 2-0 first half lead. Rhodes would score twice for the Lakers (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

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Vic West’s Victoria Hughes moves the ball upfield in Sunday’s action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The Lakers would pick up right where they left off in the second half, with Lindsay Hoetzel (#7) scoring early from a nice shot from the top of the crease. Shortly thereafter, Rhodes (#5) would notch her second of the game and the Lakers were well on their way to victory with a 4-0 lead.

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Prospect Lake’s Taylor Hackett (11) tries to avoid a tackle from Vic West’s Tessa Lang (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Later in the half, the Lakers would strike again, this time with Hoetzel launching a hard strike that Vic West goalkeeper Carly Wachtin made a brilliant save on, however the rebound found its way right on to the foot of Rebecca Swan (#2) who easily put the ball into the empty net for the Lakers fifth goal of the game.

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Vic West’s Courtenay Logan (right) looks to control the ball in front of Prospect Lake’s Kaitlan Hamm (left) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

While Vic West seemed to pick up their play after that, things would get totally out of reach a few minutes later, when a crossing pass in front of the Vic West goal appeared to deflect in off a Vic West player, the “own goal” giving the Lakers a 6-0 lead and totally taking the wind out of the Vic West sails.

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Prospect Lake’s Daniella Corlazzoli (left) reacts after being tripped by Vic West’s Tessa Lang (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

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Vic West’s Tessa Logan (left), Sam Kennedy (centre) and Courtenay Logan (right) react to a free kick during second half action Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Prospect Lake would close out the scoring late in the game when Hoetzel (#7) would get her second of the game, making a nice run and finishing kick from the top of the box.

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Prospect Lake’s Lindsay Hoetzel would finish this second half run by scoring her second goal of the game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

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The Prospect Lake FC – 2014 Terry Price Cup Champions, LIWSA Premier Division (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The LIWSA 2014 Championships continue next week as the finals of the Stephanie Shergold Cup and the Frank Leversedge Cup are played. The Leversedge Cup finals go at 12:00 Noon on April 6th at Lochside Park, while the Stepahnie Shergold Cup final follows at 2:00 PM. For details and team match-ups, head to the LIWSA web page at http://www.liwsa.com/ or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/liwsa

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