Originally published on CanadaSoccer.com

Two Ontario teams squared off today at the Sport Check National Club Championships. This Group A match-up was a repeat of this year’s Ontario Cup finals.

Both teams entered the game in need of a win—Vaughan Azzurri having lost the previous day to Alberta’s Edmonton Victoria and Scarborough GS United having tied Kirby United FC from Newfoundland and Labrador in their opening match.

The game would prove to be a tactical affair, with both Ontario teams seeking to retain possession and build their attacks from the back. Throughout the contest, the ball was repeatedly won and lost in the midfield and, in the end, neither team was able to breach the other’s defence, resulting in a 0:0 draw.

“It’s disappointing,” says Scarborough coach John Williams. “I feel like the girls didn’t come out to play. They were too tense and didn’t enjoy the game. When you get to the National Championships you have to be ready to go. But full credit to Vaughan, they played us well.”

With so much on the line both teams concentrated on defence, while failing to generate much offence. “We weren’t patient enough,” says Williams. “Patience is key, both in attacking and defending, and tonight we only got half of the equation right.”

Going into tomorrow’s final round of group play, both teams still have a chance to advance to the semi-finals. For Scarborough this means defeating the current group leaders and defending National Champions Edmonton Victoria. The path for Vaughan, however, is more complex. With only one point in two games, their advancement is contingent on not only a victory against Kirby United FC, but also on the results of the other Group A match-up.

Regardless of what happens tomorrow, Vaughan’s coach Carmine Isacco says it’s all about building for the future. “We have girls in second, third and fourth year of university, so for us it’s about the process not the result. However, fans can expect our girls to show the same character and intelligence [against Newfoundland and Labrador] that they showed today against Scarborough.”

Live Coverage of the Women’s Jubilee Trophy final will be streamed at canadasoccer.com/nationals.

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