Feildians, Mount Pearl meet in Jubilee Trophy semifinal rematch from 2012
By John Browne
Mount Pearl Electronic Centre Molson and Feildians, in a repeat of last year’s semifinal, will kick off eight o’clock tonight at King George V Park in the Breen’s Jubilee Trophy provincial women’s soccer semifinal.
The winner will take on first-place and defending champion C.B.S. Holy Cross Kirby Group 8 p.m. Thursday at KGV for the right to represent Newfoundland and Labrador at the Canadian Soccer Association Jubilee Trophy Club nationals in Halifax Oct. 9-14.
Holy Cross won its third straight Jubilee Trophy provincial women's soccer title last season, defeating Mount Pearl 3-0 in the final.
Mount Pearl had advanced to that game by beating Feildians 1-0 in the semifinal.
Mount Pearl coach Mike Oliver expects a tight game, just like all the contests between these two sides during the season.
“Feildians are a veteran, hard-working, scrappy team with a lot of experience,” he said. “We’re a younger team, but hopefully, the experience gained throughout of the season will pay off in the playoffs and help us get back to where we were last year.”
Oliver’s team included eight rookies this season and he expects four or five of them to see action in tonight’s crucial match.
The Mount Pearl coach credited “young” veterans Paula Whitten, Lauren Windsor, Aoife Bodman and Laura Tilley with helping the newcomers develop as the season went on.
Oliver said the team had a decent start to the season, but struggled in the middle part of the schedule because of injuries and players on vacation.
“But we really started to come together in the last four games of the season when we finished with two wins and two ties,” he noted.
“We really started to come together just in time for the playoffs.”
Mount Pearl finished with 27 points, six more than Feildians, but there was very little to choose between the two clubs when they clashed.
The teams met eight times, with Mount Pearl winning three times. There were three draws and the biggest margin of victory came ina 2-0 decision for Mount Pearl.
The Double Blues scored 27 goals compared to 17 by Mount Pearl.
Feildians’ Liz McPhail finished runner-up in the scoring race with 10 goals, 17 behind scoring champ Malorie Harris of Holy Cross. McPhail’s teammate, Maxine Morris, was fourth in scoring with seven goals. Mount Pearl’s top scorer was Marissa MacDonald with four goals.
A presentation of the year’s league awards will take place prior to the championship game.