Jubilee Trophy: Third consecutive title for Edmonton Victoria

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Jubilee trophy

Since Jubilee Trophy inception in 1987, only one team had ever won three championships in a row. The Surrey Marlins did that in the early 90’s. Edmonton Victoria had their chance to become the second club side to accomplish the feat today. It would be a rematch of the 2013 final.

Royal Select Beauport was nipped late in that final by Alberta and has been focusing their season on getting to this final again. History was on Alberta’s side. Edmonton Victoria lifted the Jubilee Trophy the last time Calgary hosted back in 2005. Tournament co-leading scorer Carleigh Miller would get Alberta on the board early. Jade Bourgoing would level it in the 32nd minute. A fairly even first half would end dead locked at one apiece. Quebec looked the better of the two sides to start the second half. Joelle Gosselin threatened from long range. Two shots in a matter of minutes called out the best of Edmonton keeper Jordan Boyle. Then it was Alberta’s turn. They would come close putting one just over the bar. Their mounting pressure for a good spell would reward them with a goal. From outside the penalty shot Heather Lund’s shot found its way. 2-1 for Alberta with 35 minutes left on the clock. With Quebec pushing forward, Alberta blew a couple of chances to put the match to bed. Nicole Byrne sent a beautiful ball to Lund. She just miss hit the shot sending it wide. Victoria Saccomani had a strong tournament controlling the right flank for Alberta all week long. Defensively she shut down opponents, offensively ever dangerous. Quebec’s last ditch efforts could not produce a goal. Edmonton Victoria was not to be denied. They claimed their unprecedented sixth Jubilee Trophy title. Match winner Heather Lund on the win: ‘I’m just so excited to be able to do it with this team three years in a row is pretty unbelievable. And to be able to do it at home it just adds another level of excitement to the game.’Lund on her national championship winning goal: ‘My back was to net, and I happened to make a good turn on the girl and I had space in front of me. I just knew I wasn’t going to have time to take it in any further, so I kinda just wound up and I saw that the goalie was kind of stubbed out a bit. Nine times out of ten that isn’t going to go in for me, but today it did.’In the bronze medal match, Scarborough GS United of Ontario took care of business over Hollandia Impact of Saskatoon. Impact held the Ontarian champs until the 38th minute when Kristen Boujos opened the scoring. Vital Kats scored in the 66th minute. Deanne Rose added her fourth of the tournament to give her a share of the tournament lead for goal scoring. Megan Schenher spoiled the clean sheet getting one back for Saskatchewan in the 90th minute. Final score was Ontario 3 Saskatchewan 1.

Teck Finals Day results:
Nova Scotia (NS) 2-4 Winnipeg Bisons FC (MB)
CBS Kirby United SC (NL) 2-4 North Shore Girls SC Renegades (BC)
Hollandia Impact (SK) 1-3 Scarborough GS United (ON)
Edmonton Victoria (AB) 2-1 Royal Sélect Beauport (QC)

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