Women's Soccer Provincials

October 31st, 2011

2011 PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

VIU Mariners went into the Quarter Final match against Kwantlen Eagles with a lot of confidence, Mariner Women had been playing real good soccer going into the Provincial Finals in Kelowna, VIU startled slowly but started to dominate the game from the 10 minute mark, the first half would produce little in the way of chances, Mariners would have more of the possession.

Second Half started with VIU now totally in control and unlucky on couple of occasions, Mariah Robinson and Jess Smith having the best chances, this would change in the 70th minute when Sarah Meredith was shown a second yellow card, the sending off was the first for VIU women in five years, Meredith played the ball but collided with Kwantlen player at the same time who never got a touch on the ball and ran 20 yards to engage in a tackle, off the freekick Kwantlen would slot one in behind VIU keeper Shelby Walker from 30 yards out, VIU would quickly gain their composure and created a couple of chances, Eagles would put the game away on a harmless looking shot that found the back of the net, now with VIU's season on the line, numbers were pushed forward to try and get goals, Kwantlen took advantage with a third in the 85th, Mariner Jess Smith would hit the crossbar from 25 yards out and Samantha Rogers would hit the inside of the post but the ball took a strange bounce and back into the Eagles keepers hands. The final would be 3-0 for Kwantlen.

"I thought we played one of our better games of the year and deserved better, Sarah went into a tackle and won the ball first and comes out with a second yellow, I don't understand that, we had total control of the match up to that point, Jess Burma, Emily Nicholson and Mariah Robinson were dominating in the middle of mid field, the passing skills were something to see, Kwantlen Men's coach complimented the trio after the match, center back Steph Dean playing her last game was fantastic along with fellow center back Sam Rodgers, I thought Brittany Shillingford had a great game in shutting down PacWest Player Of the Year Shanay Sangha, we have 10 starters eligible to come back and hopefully Jordan Tufnail, Kate Flynn and Jess Weninger are healthy enough to play next season after ACL surgery, Emma Johansson will be better as well as Sarah Meredith, after watching all the games at the provincials I felt we were as good as any of the teams, we needed a bit of luck but just didn't get it. I'm excited for next season, we have all the pieces in place just need to stay away from the injuries and sickness"