Originally published on CanadaSoccer.com
Edmonton Victoria of Alberta defeated Surrey United from British Columbia 1:0 to claim their second straight Jubilee Trophy, at the 2014 Sport Chek National Championships.
Both team’s approached the game seeking possession, but Surrey, on the whole would dominate play. However, they failed to take advantage of their chances and, in the end, Victoria’s experience would be the difference.
Going into the gold medal match, both teams were undefeated. As winners of Group B, Surrey advanced on maximum points, having won all three of their group matches, while Victoria, as winners of Group A, had a slightly less impressive record of two wins and one draw.
But the only game that really mattered to either of these teams was the final. And from the whistle, it was clear that Surrey had the extra hunger. “I thought they wanted it more,” says Victoria coach Rick Haxby. “And, to be honest, I don’t think we played very well. They were first to every ball and we looked a bit lethargic.”
Throughout both halves, Surrey were able to work the ball into dangerous areas, but couldn’t get the touch or the luck they needed. Victoria, on the other hand, got both—when following a corner, in the 57th minute, a scramble resulted inside the Surrey 18-yard-box that number nine Kayla Michaels was able to stab into the back of the net.
“Sometimes the game is cruel,” says Surrey coach Mylee Ross. “Sometimes it doesn’t go the way you plan. We didn’t capitalize on our chances when we had them. And their goalkeeper made some great saves in the first half. And while, we didn’t lose to a bad team [this loss] is going to sting for a long time. Silver is not the medal you want, when you get this far.”
Haxby credits his veterans for helping his team pull out the win. “I think we have the ability to not be at our best and come up with the victory, and that’s partly due to our veterans [players like Taryne Boudrea who played through injury and would subsequently be voted MVP of the Championship]. They dug deep, and carried the young ones on. They know how to win and, today, that was the bottom line.”