Facing undefeated and four-time defending champion Kirby United tonight at Smallwood pitch
It’s very easy to reference a David vs Goliath analogy when talking about tonight’s 2014 Breen’s Jubilee Trophy women’s soccer final between Kirby United and Mount Pearl Electronic Centre Molson.
The championship game, which is set for 7:30 p.m. at Smallwood Park in Mount Pearl, features the first-place Kirby team which went undefeated in 17 regular-season games against a third-place Mount Pearl side with four wins and five ties to its credit.
Defending champion Kirby, who are going for their fifth straight crown, had three of the league’s top five scorers in the regular season, including scoring champ Malorie Harris, who finished with 31 goals. Connie Lewis scored 24 and Jane Pope had a dozen.
Mount Pearl’s top scorer is Emily Wiscombe, who finished in sixth place with five goals.
Mount Pearl’s player-coach Aoife Bodman acknowledges her team is an underdog “for sure,” but that doesn’t mean she and her players don’t believe they can win a one-off match.
“Being organized,” is a key said Bodman, who added that as long as the team plays strong defensively and takes advantage of its chances, there’s an opportunity for success.
“Our wingers have been good and we’ve got some quality strikers as well,” he said. “ If we get the ball in the right place at the right time and we can finish, we’ll be OK.
“Obviously, Kirby has a strong squad,” added Bodman, the team’s centre midfielder.
Bodman noted Kirby is particularly strong up front and the idea is to limit their scoring chances.
“We’ve got a really strong backline. I think our two centrebacks (Liz McPhail and Paula Whitten) have been really good together and we think they should be able to do the job of keeping Malorie (Harris) and Jane (Pope) quiet.”
Bodman said her team has played a couple of close games against Kirby this season (including a 3-2 loss July 28) “so, on the day, anybody can come out with the gold around their necks. We think we’ve trained hard enough that we have every chance of being that team.”
The league’s individual awards ceremony will take place at seven o’clock.
Last year’s final saw United, then playing under the name C.B.S. Holy Cross Kirby Group, defeat Mount Pearl 3-0 for the second straight time in the championship game.
Tonight’s winner will travel to the 2014 national Challenge Cup Jubilee Trophy championship in Vaughan, Ont., Oct. 8-13.