UKC Women’s Soccer Wraps Up Season at CCAA Nationals

UKC Women's Soccer Wraps Up Season at CCAA Nationals

The King’s Women’s team. 2011 Roster: Adrienne Schmalz, Allison Smith, Erin Mackinnon, Irene Flatley, Jamie Trueland, Kelly O’Connor, Larissa Darc, Lucie Edwardson, Marika McKenzie, Miranda Spessot, Monique Comeau, Rebekah Cook, Sarah Kraus, Sarah Wojcik
Head Coach: Stacey Stocco. Assistant Coach: Leah Robinson

The University Of Kings College Women’s Soccer team returned home Sunday November 13th from
Quebec City from the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Soccer Championships.

The Blue Devils represented the Atlantic provinces tremendously – finishing 5th place with one win, zero ties and
two losses. The Blue Devils are now ranked fifth nationally in the CCAA – truly an amazing accomplishment.

Brief reports from each game are as follows.

Wednesday Nov 9th 12.30pm
UKC Blue Devils Vs FX Garneau

The Blue Devils started their nationals campaign with a tough first game against defending 2010
champions and ranked #1 team FX Garneau.

The Blue Devils got off to a tremendous start with the first chance of the game. Striker Lucie
Edwardson hit a brilliant first time strike from 20yds out which forced FX Garneau’s keeper to make a fantastic finger tip save to shift the ball onto the crossbar and over for a corner.

King’s continued to compete and battle. In the 35th minute, FX Garneau scored the first goal of the
game. Kings continued to press and with seconds left of the whistle being blown for half time, Garneau scored their 2nd.

Going into the half at 2-0 did not faze the Blue Devils. The girls believed the game was not over.
They came out strong in the second half and never gave up. FX Garneau slotted their third and final goal
early into the second half. Kings striker Irene Flatley continued to pose a threat up top almost scoring to make it 3-1.

Goalkeeper Rebekah Cook played her best game of the season and was awarded Player of the Game. Final
score against a very talented FX Garneau was UKC- 0 FX Garneau- 3

Thursday Nov 10th 12.30pm
UKC Blue Devils Vs TRU Wolfpack

The Kings Blue Devils played their second game against Ranked #4 Thompson River University.
first half saw the Blue Devils go down a goal early. The girls fought every battle and kept the score
at 1-0 going into the half. The girls knew the game was still theirs to be won. They came out strong in the second half pressing and attacking TRU for the entire 45mins. TRU found themselves under pressure as Kings continued to create chances. Unfortunately for Kings, they could not put the ball in the back of the net resulting in a 1-0 loss to TRU. A great second half by the Blue Devils, who fought and fought, and showed a tremendous amount of character and heart. Player of the Game was awarded to captain Marika Mckenzie.

Saturday Nov 12th 9am
UKC Blue Devils Vs Humber College

The Blue Devils faced third-ranked Humber College in the battle for fifth/sixth place. The girls were
prepared and gave it everything they had for the final 90 minutes of their season.

Humber went up 1-0 early in the first of a free kick just outside the box. A great save by goalkeeper
Rebekah Cook unfortunately took an awkward rebound of the cross bar resulting in a scramble on the goal line.

The Blue Devils went into halftime so positive that they knew they could win this game and were
prepared to give everything they had for the remaining 45 minutes. The girls did just that. Weather conditions of snow and freezing temperatures carried on throughout the second half but that did not faze the Blue Devils. They knew they had 45 mintutes left and they continued to attack and press Humber College tremendously. Chances arose and Kings continued to push hard.

Defender Kelly O’Connor was injured and taken off after a nasty tackle. The fourth official signaled
two added minutes of extra time. At this point the snow was blowing and Kings was eager to find
the equalizer. Striker Irene Flatley ran down and pressed a Humber defender to be awarded a corner. Last chance of the game with 20 seconds left for kings to equalize. Everyone was forwarded, a beautiful corner floated in by Allison Smith found the head of veteran and fourth year player, Sarah Kraus, who found the back of the net to tie the game up at 1-1. The fans went crazy and the entire King’s squad knew this game was not over. Final whistle blew and we went straight into penalty shots.

King’s started off the shootout well with assistant captain Jaime Trueland scoring the first PK of the game.
Rookie Monique Comeau stepped up to take King’s second penalty and made no mistake about it
scoring a beautiful PK. Rebekah Cook, Kings keeper, saved Humber’s third PK shot giving Kings that slight break. Third PK taker for kings, captain Marika McKenzie had no problems scoring UKC’s third penalty
kick. Allison Smith stepped up to take the fourth penalty and once again buried the ball in the back of the
net. 4 out of 4 for UKC and one left

King’s last penalty was up. If the Blue Devils scored, they would win. Up steps fourth year Sarah Kraus. Without any hesitation, she scores kings fifth goal. Kings was 5 for 5, and we beat Humber college to finish fifth at the CCAA national

What a brilliant ending to a brilliant season. Player of the Game was awarded to Irene Flatley.

A big thank you to all 18 parents who made the trip from all over Canada to support the UKC team.

And farewell to our 4th years:

Marika Mckenzie
Sarah Kraus
Miranda Spessot

The girls represented the Atlantic, Kings college and themselves tremendously. Well done Blue

devils on a fantastic season!!

Final standings:

#1 FX Garneau
#2 Nait College
#3 Authenstics
#4 TRU Wolfpack
#6 Humber College

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