Goals: ON – Isabelle Udovc, Emma Davies, Alexandra Hebert
Stoney Creek Battalion, who had enjoyed such an outstanding season in Ontario, claimed the top U-14 honours with a convincing 3:0 win over Calgary South West United Millennium in the gold medal game.
In the end, the difference came down to the fact that Ontario’s defence was able to cope with the attacking threat of Caleigh Boeckx and Aimee Tiemstra, giving the Calgary forwards few real goal scoring opportunities, while Stoney Creek always seemed to have another gear in the attacking third.
Despite going in at half tied 0-0, the warning signs for Calgary were there and within a few minutes of the restart some good passing on the edge of the box released Isabelle Udovc whose shot got by Andrea Perkovic in the Calgary goal.
The goal seemed to spur on Ontario even more and with Lauren DiPietro, Maya Swaby-Wallerson and Claudia Cuicani impenetrable at the back, once Emma Davies had tapped in for goal number two, there seemed little way back for Calgary.
The impressive Alexandra Hebert made it number three shortly before the final whistle, while Calgary were denied even a consolation when a magnificent Tiemstra free-kick cracked against the cross bar.
“Amazing, awesome, unbelievable,” said scorer of the first goal Udovc at the final whistle, her beams of delight reflected in all her team-mates.
Coach Paul Giannini was a little more forthcoming on their success – “we had to be patient but we knew it would come, once we tried to play with a little more width,” he said. “The girls deserve it – we have played the best teams in Canada and haven’t conceded a goal – they deserve to be champions, and it feels very good.”
Stoney Creek Battalion (ON) 3-0 Calgary South West United Millennium (AB)
Halifax County United (NS) 0-3 Lakeshore SC (QC)
Bonivital SC (MB) 1-2 Fraser Valley FC (BC)
Fredericton DSA (NB) 0-1 Aurora Concordes (SK)
St. John’s SC (NL) 2-2 (2-4 on kicks) RC United (PE)