Stylish Québec edges Alberta in U-15 Girls final
Posted on 23 July 2011 in All StarsA first-half goal by striker Gabriella Cuerno proved to be the difference as Québec defeated Alberta 1:0 in a tense final in the U-15 Girls division at the 2011 Nutrilite All Stars in Hamilton, ON.
Cuerno latched onto a loose ball in the box and kept her cool to give the U-16 Blues a lead that they would not relinquish.
I just knew that I had to put the ball in the net, said Cuerno after the match.
It was the biggest game of my career and I knew this was my chance.
Québec was indeed the superior technical side throughout the majority of the match and the players again asserted themselves as highly skilled passers of the ball.
It was a choice that we made a few years back that we were going to play passing football no matter what, said head coach Rudy Doliscat after the match. I think it can be easier to play for the result than to teach the kids how to develop properly. We have chosen the development route; at the end of the day it's paying off.
Alberta acquitted itself as a solid defensive unit throughout the match, but because Québec did such an excellent job of retaining the ball it was difficult for the Albertans to sustain any prolonged pressure.
Québec finished the tournament undefeated with a record of two wins, one draw and no losses.
The 2011 National Championships feature the Nutrilite All Stars Boys and Girls competitions from 19-23 July and the Club Championships from 5-10 October. Through 12 competitions in five venues, the National Championships will welcome more than 2,500 players, staff and officials in July and October. The National Championships is the umbrella tournament for Canada's premier amateur competitions, from the senior level Challenge Trophy and Jubilee Trophy competitions down to the U-14 youth levels.