Members of the Under-18s championship team include from left, (front); Amanda Parsons, (middle); Katie Osmond, Abby Penton, Felicia Park, Jessica Gillingham and Emily Chaisson; (back); coach Doug Sweetapple, Emily Flynn, Kyla Richards, Katherine Young, Brittany March, Ashley Companion, Jade Regular, Maria Young and Ashley Higgins. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
By Adam Harnum
Star Staff Writer
CORNER BROOK The Under-18s proved that youth, speed and talent can be lethal in sports and the ultimate combination for success.
The U-18s were able to upset the Steers Insurance Curling Rangers 1-0 in the championship game Tuesday evening to capture the Corner Brook Molson Women’s Soccer League title.
The Rangers, who had lost just game during the regular season — ironically to the U-18s — could not capitalize on some early opportunities in the game which proved to be the deciding factor in the loss.
The U-18s were limited to their scoring chances in the game, however, it was Emily Chaisson who was able to find the back of the net at the 60-minute mark off a strike from just outside the box which proved to be the winning goal.
Following the win, Chaisson deflected her personal accomplishment to that of the entire team.
“It was a team effort,” said the humble 17-year-old, who will be returning to the team next season.
It was a loss to the Rangers last Monday which fueled the U18s revenge with a win in the championship game.
“We were nervous coming in, but we wanted to get them this time,” said Chaisson.
The Rangers and U18s are formulating into a small rivalry in the women’s soccer league, especially following a season which saw the U18s battle the top-seeded Rangers each and every game they played.
Hannah Connolly is a first-year player on the Rangers but understands that the U-18s worked for the title and said each game during the regular season was a close, hard-fought game.
As she reflected on the game, Connolly recalled her team not getting back in time off a corner kick which resulted in the U-18s’ winning goal.
However, the reality of it all is that either team could have taken the game and it was the U-18s who left the hearts on the field.
“To us we feel they’re the closest-matched opponent to us and I feel if we were to play them again then it might be our win the next time,” said Connolly, who was the recipient of the league’s most valuable player award as well as the Rangers team MVP award.