Girls U-18 Cup: The North Mississauga Panthers capture cup


North Mississauga Panthers Maya Pascal 70’, Julia Stampatori 75’

After a closely contested gold medal match and with the score tied 0-0 heading into the final 10 minutes of regulation central defender Maya Pascal would provide the heroics for The North Mississauga Panthers of Ontario as she converted the game winning goal from a corner kick in the 70th minute.

Minutes after Pascal put her side in the lead, teammate Julia Stampatori would find an insurance goal for the Ontario side as they captured the Sport Chek National Club Championships U-18 Cup title with a 2:0 victory over the Edmonton Strikers from Alberta.

In what was a cagey affair, both sides remained organized in defence, throughout the match, with North Mississauga Panthers holding the slight territorial advantage through some excellent midfield passing.

With the score tied 0-0 at half-time the North Mississauga coach made a number of substitutions at half-time in an effort to give his team the spark required to claim the national title. The strategy clearly paid off as it would be Panthers who would find the extra bit of quality required to win a tournament of this calibre.

In particular, North Mississauga substitute striker Maria Poveda began to cause problems for the Edmonton Strikers’ defence in the second half. Minutes before the winning goal, Poveda would dribble her way through to the 18-yard-box before unleashing a shot that was deflected away by the Strikers’ goalkeeper for a corner kick.

The resulting corner kick would lead to the game winning goal as Pascal finished off a well driven corner kick. As is often the case in tight matches, a set-play proved to be the difference between the two closely matched teams

Julia Stampatori would seal the title for the North Mississauga Panthers in the 75th minute with a beautifully struck shot from 20-yards out that found the top corner of the net. As the final whistle blew, the Panthers team were clearly overjoyed as they huddled together and sung Ole Ole in celebration.

With the victory in the gold medal match the North Mississauga Panthers improve to a perfect 5-0 in the tournament having scored 18 goals for and conceding only two against.

Today’s results
North Mississauga Panthers (ON) 2-0 Edmonton Strikers
Coastal FC (BC) 2-1 Halifax Dunbrack SC (NS)
Winsloe – Charlottetown Royals FC (PE) 1-0 Codiac First Touch (NB)
Celtix du Haut-Richelieu (QC) 3-2 FC Northwest (MB)
QCT United (SK) 3-1 Mount Pearl SA (NL)

Scott Harrigan
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