Jade Regular, left, of the Under-18s goes up against Bern Borden of Veitch Physio in women’s soccer play at the Wellington Street Sports Complex Monday.
— Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
CORNER BROOK With a game left to play — the biggest of them all, in fact — the Under-18s season in the Corner Brook Women’s Soccer League could already be called a success.
Competing all year against women, the girls managed to finish the regular season in second place and, after a 4-2 victory over Veitch Physio on Monday night at Wellington Street Sports Complex, they have advanced to take on the Island Orthotics Curling Rangers in the championship match Wednesday evening.
“We didn’t know,” said Under-18s’ Jade Regular on how the team thought their season would go back in the opening week. “We didn’t know how strong the other teams were going to be, but we knew we had a good team.”
Regular had two goals in Monday night’s win, while Emily Chaisson and Amy Russell added the other markers.
Kelsey Kent and Janine Gillis replied for the physio girls.
A quick start was key for the Under-18s, as Russell scored in the 25th minute, before Regular made it 2-0 in the 34th.
Chaisson’s goal came in the 51st minute, and Regular picked up her second of the game in the 61st.
It was only then that Gillis got the physio girls on the board in the 74th minute. Kent added a late goal in the 87th to make it respectable.
“We were definitely expecting a closer game,” Regular said. “I just think our passes were really good and we were working as a team.”
Gillis conceded the early offence from the Under-18s had her side thinking about defeat much earlier than they would have liked.
“That first goal kind of put us down, the second goal got us down even further,” she said.
The only bright side was the two late goals in the second that helped end their season on a somewhat positive note, despite the loss.
“As a team, we need to communicate more, so we came out in the second half and did that,” Gillis said. “Unfortunately, it took us a whole half to figure that out, but when we did, we came back strong.”
Gillis praised the Under-18s, particularly because of how they got stronger as the year progressed.
“Their communication and skill is really good and their fitness level is tremendous — their stamina is amazing,” she said. “They’re good players.”
She expects the final, between the top-seeded Rangers and the second-place Under-18s, will be a solid showdown.
“It’s going to be a really good game,” Gillis said.
For the Under-18s, the best way to win would be to play like they did Monday night — at least, according to Regular.
“We need to play as a team and we have to keep it together,” she said.
Regular doesn’t remember her team winning a single game against the Rangers this year, but she knows there’s no time like the present.
“They’re a really good team and we’ve played them to our ability,” she said. “They’ve got a really strong offence, so we need to have a tight defence.”