Newfoundland's women's soccer team, which arrived in Sherbrooke, Que., with so much promise, saw its medal hopes dashed Tuesday with a 5-0 trimming at feet of Quebec.
The leaves Newfoundland 1-2 at the 2013 Canada Summer Games, and outscored 8-0 in their past two games against Ontario and Quebec.
Newfoundland opened the tournament with a 9-0 win over P.E.I. Sunday.
"It's a major disappointment for this team, and for female soccer in Newfoundland," Newfoundland coach Jake Stanford said.
"This was the best female team out of the province, and we came up here and we couldn't win the big game.
"It's a major failure."
The soccer team was considered a medal hope by some pundits heading into Sherbrooke, on the strength of its 9-0 record in the provincial Jubilee Trophy women's league this season, and the fact the core of the team comprised the under-16 team which won a silver medal at the nationals two years ago.
Now Newfoundland will be playing for placement, hoping to improve on the sixth-, seventh- and sixth-place finishes in the three previous Canada Summer Games.
"We have to try and kick in some pride and try and win the last two games," Stanford said, "but our goal was to get into the medal round.
"It's going to be very difficult for these girls to get over that.
"We had a tough ride, obviously having to go through two of the top teams (Ontario and Quebec), but at some point you have to beat those teams."
Stanford is no stranger to soccer. A former Challenge Cup player, he's coached Holy Cross to a provincial title, and guided the Crusaders in the nationals.
This season, he stepped away from Holy Cross to focus on the Canada Games girls' squad.
Despite failing to qualify for a medal in Sherbrooke, Stanford still has confidence in Newfoundland women's soccer.
"I'm very proud of Newfoundland soccer, and my belief is that we're closer now (to a level playing field with mainland teams).
"But I guess right now, if you ask me today, we're not so close, are we?
"We clearly didn't show that the last two days. The answer to that is we clearly have some work to do."
The scrappy men's hoops team turned in another solid effort, but came up on the wrong side of the score again, losing 89-76 to Saskatchewan.
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- SUNDAY RESULTS
The Prairie province had only a four-point lead at the half, up 47-43.
Newfoundland, 1-2, plays in the quarter-final 7:30 p.m. NL today against Manitoba. Manitoba was 2-0 entering a late game last night against Alberta.
Stephen Ryan paced the Newfoundlanders with 25 points Tuesday. Brett Warren had 14 and Cole Long 11.
Newfoundland dropped to 1-3 with an 11-1 loss to Saskatchewan.
Bradley Riggs (4.2IP, 5R, 7H, 1K, 2W), the first of three Newfoundland pitchers, was tagged with the loss. Zack Fitzpatrick (.1IP, 4R, 3H, 1W) and Matthew Flynn (.2IP, 2R, 1H, 1W) also pitched.
If there's been an upside to the Newfoundland team that's been thoroughly outplayed, it's Corner Brook's Travis Taylor, who had a three-for-three day at the plate, the second time that's happened in this tournament.
The softball team's woes continued as Newfoundland's record dropped to 0-6, but credit to the girls who made a game of it against Saskatchewan before the tank ran dry.
The game was tied 4-4 after seven innings, after Newfoundland responded to two Saskatchewan runs in the top of the frame with a pair of their own in the bottom half.
They did all this despite managing only three hits in the game.
But then things fell apart, when Saskatchewan scored eight runs in the top of the eighth for a 12-4 win.
Sami Kennedy (7.2IP, 12R, 10H, 4W, 2K) started and was relieved by Susan Barry (.1IP, 2H).
Newfoundland played Quebec in a late game Tuesday.
The girls' v-ballers, playing in the placement round, split a pair of games on Tuesday, beating the Yukon Territory 3-0 (25-13, 25010-25-13) before losing to Saskatchewan (25-21, 25-13, 25-18).
The men's team lost to Nova Scotia 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-19).
Races on Lac Magog Tuesday were cancelled.