Bittersweet success for St. John’s girls

Undefeated in round robin, Newfoundland side drops heartbreaker to Quebec in title match, settle for silver

John Browne
Published on October 15, 2013
Emily Bailey of St. John’s tries to keep the ball away from Quebec’s Emilie Palaisitis during the gold medal game of the national under-18 girls soccer championship at King George V Park Monday. Quebec went on to claim the gold medal with a penalty kick win over the Newfoundland and Labrador representatives.  

— Photo by Rhonda Hayward /The Telegram

They may have had to settle for the silver medal, but they played like champions.
After knocking off some of the strongest teams in Canada, St. John’s lost the gold medal on penalty kicks to Quebec in the championship game of the national U18 girls soccer championship at King George V Park Monday.

The teams played through a scoreless regulation time and overtime before the shootout.

Nova Scotia defeated British Columbia 2-1 for the bronze medal.

Mount Pearl U16s defeated Saskatchewan 2-0 on a pair of goals by Kaitlin O’Riely to finish ninth. Janelle Forristal posted the shutout.

The Newfoundland and Labrador host team from St. John’s went into the final with a 4-0 record after defeating traditional soccer powers Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia and with every expectation of winning it all.

“It’s tough. I don’t know if the sting (of losing the title on penalty kicks) will ever go away, but what do you do?” said St. John’s coach Jake Stanford from his home where 20 players and about 40 parents were gathered to celebrate the team’s accomplishment.

“The girls played an unbelievable tournament and I’m so proud of them,” added Stanford.

Stanford said he can’t say he’s surprised at how well the team did in the event considering they won the silver medal in April at the highly competitive Dallas International Girls Cup in Texas.

That was the first time a Canadian team had ever made it into the final. Then the team dominated the Under-18 Atlantic Soccer Showcase tourney in Halifax before falling short of a medal at the Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Que., in August.

“After the Canada Games, the girls were really motivated to do well at the national tournament. It was very difficult. It was almost like we had to play four gold-medal games. But they played their hearts out,” said Stanford.

Stanford said the St. John’s team outchanced Quebec and hit the post in the second half.

“If that had gone in, it would have put the lights out on Quebec,” he said.

The St. John’s coach found it hard to pick out specific individuals who were standouts in the tournament.

“Our entire backline was outstanding. We had three goals scored against us in five games. Our keeper (Laura Whelan) played well and midfield was strong with Teri Murphy, Alyssa Armstrong and Jessie Noseworthy. And our strikers Jane Pope and Meghan Earle were a force to be reckoned with.”

Stanford also pointed out Connie Lewis was unable to make the tourney because she’s playing with Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey where she competes in NCAA Division 1 soccer.

Pope, who coach Stanford called “our wonder girl” up front, said she felt the team couldn’t really ask for anymore in terms of the effort it gave.

“We had several chances but we just couldn’t finish. We were all over them,” said Pope.

“We gave it our all and played our best and it was just unlucky when it went to penalty kicks.”

Pope said the team was hoping to win the gold this time because they’d beaten Quebec in winning the silver medal a couple of years ago in Lethbridge, Alta.

While the loss was tough to take at the time, Pope said the girls are “all happy now with the medal even if it isn’t gold.”

Pope said the team realized it had a chance to go all the way after the win against Ontario in preliminary round play.

“That was the first time we’d ever beaten them, so we realized that if we can beat them we can beat anybody.”

Pope said she feels her team has “set the bar high” for future female teams from this province.

“I think the youth players who were watching us this week know that if they work hard they’ll get to where we are and even better, they’ll win the gold.”

The St. John’s team has been together for a couple of years and some players have played together since they were 10.

And now there’s talk about keeping the squad intact to form a senior ladies’ team next year in the local Breen’s Jubilee Trophy league.

Pope, who leads the Memorial Sea-Hawks with five goals in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) conference, said her teammates want to make it to the Jubilee Trophy nationals “and possibly win that.”

Members of the St. John’s silver medal winnig team include Laura Whelan, Noelle Stanford, Claire Skanes, Stacey Hanlon, Keisha Younge, Melissa Reid, Jana Gordon, Alyssa Armstrong, Jane Pope, Teri Murphy, Jessie Noseworthy, Connie Lewis, Emily Bailey, Jenny Tiller, Julie Crocker, Meghan Earle, Erin George, coach Jake Stanford, assistant coach Phil Oliver, assistant coach Lindsay Stanford and manager Pam Mackey.

Harris leads scoring as Cross finishes fifth at Jubilee Trophy nationals

Tournament scoring leader Malorie Harris scored twice as C.B.S. Holy Cross Kirby Group defeated Saskatchewan 2-0 Monday to finish in fifth place at the 2013 national Jubilee Trophy women’s soccer championship in Halifax, N.S.

Harris, who had seven goals in the tournament, helped the Newfoundland and Labrador representatives finish in fifth place, three spots higher than last year.

Edmonton Victoria Select defeated Quebec 1-0 for the gold medal. Surrey, B.C. claimed the bronze.

Meanwhile, the St. Lawrence Labatt Laurentians salvaged a 10th place finish at the 2013 national Challenge Cup soccer championship in Halifax with a 4-0 win over Northwest Territories.

Brent Kelly paced the win with two goals. Marc Pittman and Sean Edwards each scored once. John Douglas and Patrick Slaney shared the shutout.

Newfoundland, represented by Holy Cross Kirby Group, placed eighth last year.

Gloucester Celtic from Ontario defeated Surrey United Firefighters of British Columbia 3-0 in the gold medal game. The Winnipeg Lions won the bronze medal.

In the meantime, while Newfoundland and Labrador placed ninth in the boys’ under 14 tournament in Lethbridge, Alta., Emmanuel Dolo led the tourney with 17 goals for the provincial side.

Results Monday in the other national tournaments:

Under-18 Boys (In St. John’s-Mount Pearl)

• British Columbia 2, Nova Scotia 0

Goal Scorers: Luke Griffin, Edi Hyigwo-Boyere

Shutout: Hyun Jun Lee

British Columbia wins gold medal

• Ontario 1, Quebec 0

Goal Scorer: Own goal

Shutout: Andrew McCulloch

Ontario wins bronze medal

• Newfoundland and Labrador 2, Saskatchewan 1

Goal scorers: NL — Tyler Kirby (2), Sask — Victor Leon

Newfoundland and Labrador placed ninth

• Prince Edward Island 3, Manitoba 1

Goal Scorers: PEI — Gabe Silvonovick, Clay Cormidy, Cameron Craig:

Man — Craig Knock

Alberta 2, New Brunswick 0

Goal Scorers: J. Albernant, S. Aanpiashun

Shutout: Luke Owen


Under-18 Girls (In St. Johns-Mount Pearl)

• Ontario 2, Manitoba 0

Goal Scorers: Veronica Johnson, Andrea Petrina,

Shutout: Brittany Craig

• Alberta 3, Prince Edward Island 1

Goal Scorers:  Alb — Tianna Lambardo (2), Susan Trayner;  PEI — Alyssa Corrigan


Under-16 Boys (In Kamloops, British Columbia)

• Quebec 7, Newfoundland and Labrador 1

Goal Scorer: NL — Isaac Bonisteele

Newfoundland and Labrador placed eighth


Under-16 Girls (In Kamloops, British Columbia)

• Newfoundland and Labrador 11, Northwest Territories 0

Goal scorers: Jennifer Bent (4), Alice Chen (3), Meghan March, Selena  Fitzgerald, Alicia Stewart, Alyssa Charsley

Shutout: Olivia Genge and Jade Hoysradt

Newfoundland and Labrador placed ninth


Under 14 Girls (In Lethbridge, Alberta)

• Newfoundland and Labrador 6, Yukon 1

Goal Scorers: NL — Annabelle Caul (2), Destiny Mitchell, Beth Tremblett, Katie Joyce, Kate Hickey

Newfoundland and Labrador placed ninth  


Under 14 Boys (In Lethbridge, Alta.)

• Newfoundland and Labrador 4, Nova Scotia 4

Goal scorers: NL — Emmanuel Dolo (3), Morgan Cole

Newfoundland and Labrador placed ninth