Originally published on CanadaSoccer.com
For the second year in a row, Alberta’s Edmonton Victoria will be heading to the finals of the Jubilee Trophy competition. The defending champs, and four time title holders, secured their place in the gold medal match after defeating Ontario’s Scarborough GS United 1:0 to claim top spot in Group A.
The match took place on one of the warmest days, thus far, at the Sport Check National Club Championships. With calm winds both team’s found the ball easier to control than previous days. But in terms of possession, Victoria would dominate.
“It was our best game of the tournament thus far,” says Alberta coach Rick Haxby. “We were up against a bigger, more physical team, so we had to be a little quicker, sharper.”
From the whistle, the team in white sought to use their pace and movement, both on and off the ball, to break down a compact Scarborough side. But, even though Ontario, in yellow, was on the defensive, they had their chances. Particularly through good combination play, in the first half, between Mariam El Masri and Oni Bernard down the middle.
But despite these efforts, Alberta would generate the better opportunities. Scarborough’s goalkeeper Devon Kerr, a National Team player for Canada at this years FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2014, would have to contend with a series of crosses, throughout the first and second half.
In fact, Victoria thought they had taken the lead, in the 18th minute, after Kerr fumbled one of these crosses, but the referee waved off the goal, since the ball came loose following a collision with a Victoria Player.
The deadlock would continue to hold until the 64th minute. And was only broken following a miss hit from Kerr, that allowed Victoria’s Heather Lund to charge in on net, and chip the ball for the game’s only goal.
“It’s a game of opportunities, which sometimes comes in the form of errors,” says Scarborough coach John Williams. “And, unfortunately for us, we gave them one. But our main problem was getting enough bodies forward; we didn’t do as good of a job as we could have. So it’s back to the drawing board.”
Victoria Select will now face Surrey United, from British Columbia, on Monday in the gold medal match. “We have a good rivalry going with them,” says Haxby. “We won the trophy last year and a few years before  it was them. So we’re going to go for it and, hopefully we’ll come out on top.”
Live Coverage of the Women’s Jubilee Trophy final begins at 09.00 ET/06.00PT and will be streamed at canadasoccer.com/nationals.