NL girls capture first national silver medal

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The 2011 Canadian Soccer Association National Championships U-18 Cup in Fredericton, N.B., came to a close Oct. 10 with two finals showcasing clubs from Québec and Ontario.

Both provinces split the honours, with the Ajax Strikers winning the boys title over St-Hubert and Longueuil stealing the girls’ title on kicks from the penalty mark over North London Galaxy.

Ajax pulled out a 3-2 decision and the championship title.

In the bronze medal match, Manitoba’s FC Northwest 94Boys squeaked by Alberta SWU Premiers with a 1-0 win.

The NL boys’ team had an impressive two wins and two losses in four games during the tournament.

In a dramatic finish in the girls’ final, Québec’s Longueuil recaptured the title of U-18 Girls Champion in back to back years on penalty after both teams battled to a 2-2 draw and two scoreless overtime periods.

Victoria (Alberta) won the bronze 3-2 against Eastside Celtics (Saskatchewan).

The NL girls’ side was winless during the event.

UNDER-16 CHAMPIONHIPS

Two Ontario teams headed into the finals at the 2011 National Championships in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Erin Mills Eagles won 4-0 over Longueuil (Québec) in the boys’ final while the Erin Mills Mighty Eagles won 7-0 over St. John’s (Newfoundland Labrador) in the girls final.

It was the first silver medal for a NL girls’ team at the nationals, which posted an impressive three wins and two losses.

In the bronze medal match, Alberta’s Blizzard Juventus overpowered Boisbriand 6-1.

B.C. Coquitlam Metro-Ford Sparta faced Manitoba’s PTSC Timberwolves for the men’s bronze medal and won 3-1.

The NL boys’ squad came away with one win, one tie and two losses.

UNDER-14 TITLE

Ontario’s KNSC Red Lions and Québec’s Le Laser won the U-14 Cups at the 2011 Canadian Soccer Association National Championships in Mount Pearl and St. John’s.

Ontario blanked Alberta’s Edmonton Inter 4-0 in the boys’ final while Le Laser got past Ontario’s North Mississauga Panthers by a 3-1 score in the girls.

In the match for third place, Manitoba’s Winnipeg Phoenix SC beat Québec’s Monteuil 3-2.

The NL boys’ team had its own impressive result with three wins and two losses through the tournament.

On the girls’ side, Le Laser secured the U-14 Cup girls’ title with a 3-1 win. British Columbia’s Surrey Guildford United captured the bronze medal for the second year in a row following a 2-0 victory.

The NL girls came through the national event with one win, one tie and three losses.

The 2011 Canadian Soccer Association National Championships, through its 12 competitions in six venues, featured more than 3,000 players, staff and officials in July and October.

Geographic location: Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan Ontario Lethbridge Mount Pearl British Columbia

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