Holy Cross wins fourth straight Jubilee Trophy final
© Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram
Marlorie Harris (18) of C.B.S. Holy Cross Kirby Group tries to get the ball past Mount Pearl Electronic Centre Molson goalkeeper Hannah Noseworthy during the Breen’s Jubilee Trophy women’s soccer championship at King George V Park in St. John’s on Thursday night. Harris, who was named the league MVP before the game, scored twice as defending champion Holy Cross won 3-0. — Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram
By John Browne
There may have been some doubt over who had the second-best team in the Breen’s Jubilee Trophy League this season, but there’s no denying C.B.S. Holy Cross Kirby Group is the best women’s soccer team in the province for a fourth straight year.
Holy Cross defeated Mount Pearl Electronic Centre Molson 3-0 Thursday night with a dominating performance at King George V Park.
It was the same score as when Holy Cross beat Mount Pearl in last year’s final.
“It doesn’t look like were all that excited to win again, but we are happy,” Crusaders star Malorie Harris said with a smile just after her team posed for the championship photo.
“We’re just tired.”
Harris, who was a league all-star, top scorer and regular season MVP, said Mount Pearl had even more reason to be tired after going into penalty kicks two nights ago in the semifinal against Feildians.
Holy Cross, particularly in the second half, came at Mount Pearl in waves of red and yellow, producing a half-dozen good scoring chances in the final 45 minutes.
“We have one of the strongest attacking group of players in the country and that’s what we do well,” said Harris.
Harris said Mount Pearl has a very good passing game and gave them a good run.
“Their strength is in the middle but their attacking game isn’t as strong.”
Harris certainly had reason to be tired after booting two of the three Crusader goals. The other marker came on an own goal when a Mount Pearl defender accidently headed the ball into her own net in a clearing attempt.
“All I see is yellow,” Mount Pearl keeper Hannah Noseworthy shouted to her teammates as she prepared to clear the ball in the dying moments of the game but was having trouble finding an open player.
The mainly yellow jerseys of the Holy Cross side was pretty much all Noseworthy saw in the second half.
While she gave up three goals, Noseworthy made four terrific stops in the second half to keep the game close.
“They are very strong, especially when they are attacking, although I felt he had a good bit of ball possession in the game,” said the Mount Pearl ’keeper
“Our midfielders and defenders kept us in the game. We have strong attackers, but we just couldn’t find the back of the net tonight. We’re a young team and maybe in a few years we can pull ot out.”
Noteworthy said giving up the own goal 20 minutes into the contest brought the team down a bit.
“We wanted to hold them off as long as we could and maybe get one ourselves,” she said. “We weren’t the favourites, but we played our hardest.”
Mount Pearl actually had the first big scoring chance of the game around the 12-minute mark, but Dana Brewer booted the ball over the net from close range.
Harris scored her first goal on a breakaway at the 30-minute mark to give Holy Cross a 2-0 lead and Mount Pearl seemed to lose its structure for several minutes after that.
Mount Pearl had its moments in the second half, although Holy Cross never seemed in danger of losing its momentum at any time in the match.
Mount Pearl had several promising build-ups in the game, but wase never in a good position to pull the trigger or else held the ball too long as the Holy Cross defence kept the opposition on the periphery of the 18-yard box for the most part.
Harris notched her second goal of the contest at 90 minutes on a similar play to her first one, coolly booting the ball into the corner of the Mount Pearl net.
Jessica McDonald had little work to do in posting the shutout.
Nicole Moores of Holy Cross was chosen the MVP of the championship game and received the Sherry Morrissey Award. The Ann Woodford Award for most sportsmanlike player in the final went to Laura Tilley of Mount Pearl.
Holy Cross will represent Newfoundland and Labrador at the Canadian Soccer Association’s Jubilee Trophy Club Nationals in Halifax Oct. 9-14.