OT and penalty kicks decide national soccer championship
© Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram
# 10 for St. John's, Noelle Stanford, battles for the ball with # 13 for Lakeshore, Margerie Langlois, at the girl's under 18 gold medal game at King George V soccer pitch in St. John's Monday.
Newfoundland’s bid for only its fourth Canadian soccer championship was thwarted by a determined Quebec side Monday morning at King George V Park in St. John’s.
Quebec defeated the host St. John’s squad 1-0 in the final of the national under-18 girls’ soccer championship in front of a pro-Newfoundland crowd.
Officially, the result goes into the books as a 1-0 Quebec win but the game was scoreless after regulation time. Quebec outscored Newfoundland 4-2 on penalty kicks to take the title.
Both Quebec and the St. John’s team sported perfect 4-0 records heading into the final game.
Newfoundland has celebrated only three national soccer championships – the 1970 Atlantic and national collegiate title won by Memorial University, the 1974 Canadian under-18 boys championship and the 1988 Challenge Cup crown won by Holy Cross.