Newfoundland short-circuited by Ontario powerhouse

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Newfoundland’s Connie Lewis, right, prepares to chase down an Ontario player during women’s soccer play Monday morning at the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Que. Lewis and her teammates didn’t have much luck, dropping a 3-0 decision and seeing their record go to 1-1.

Sherbrooke, Que.: Just in case the girls on Newfoundland’s soccer team might have thought this would be a walk in the park here in Sherbrooke, Que., along came the Big Red Machine, also known as Ontario.

Ontario scored three second-half goals — two in the first three minutes to start the half — en route to a 3-0 2013 Canada Summer Games win over Newfoundland on the grounds of Bishop’s University Monday morning.of Prince Edward Island by Newfoundland on Sunday, when Meghan Earle established a new Canada Games record with four goals in a single game.

But that was against the entry representing the country’s smallest province. This was Ontario, and while this Newfoundland team is highly-touted — the core of the squad won a national under-16 silver medal two years ago — to beat a powerhouse like Ontario, one has to be at the top of one’s game.

Newfoundland was not.

“This group of female soccer players ... I’m obviously very high on them,,” said coach Jake Stanford. “

They’ve done so well, trained so hard, but you can’t have a lapse like that at this level.

“It cost us the game. How do we allow two scoring chances in the first five minutes of the half?”

Newfoundland played very well in the first half, a tight defensive unit that limited Ontario to few scoring opportunities.

Who knows what happened during the break, but it was a different Newfoundland side which took to the turf in the second, as Ontario promptly put two balls past Sara Wicks at 47 and 48 minutes.

Ontario added a third, for good measure, at the 83-minute mark.

“I just think we were content to be 0-0 with Ontario,” Stanford said. “That’s the biggest mistake our players made today.”

Newfoundland has another tough game today, against the host Quebec team 9 a.m. NL time at Bishop’s.

A win will put Newfoundland in the medal round, but a loss, which would leave them at 1-2, means Newfoundland will be relegated to playing for placement.

“That’s another difficult game,” Stanford said of the Quebec matchup. “They’re very close to Ontario.

“But we’re really focused on getting to the medal round, and I think the girls are going to realize they can perform better.

“I don’t think they’re going to have that lull they had today,” the coach said. “I really don’t.”

 

rshort@thetelegram.com

 

 

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Ontario, Sherbrooke Canada Prince Edward Island Quebec

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