U-14 Girls: local Pickering Power Green takes lead in group A
Posted on 4 October 2012 in U-14 Cup
For the second straight day, the Pickering Power Green managed just a single goal in its U-14 Cup National Club Championships match.
One tally proved to be enough in the club’s 1:0 victory over Quebec (Armada Chaudiere –EST) on Wednesday and it was the exact same story on Thursday at the Soccer Centre, as the Green defeated the Mount Pearl Stingers (NL) 1:0 to record their second win of the tournament.
“Just to be here is a great experience and to get two wins is great and keeps us going for the rest of the way,” said Kendra Marlatt, who scored the game winner.
In the 62nd minute, the Green received a free kick just outside the Stingers’ penalty area after Mount Pearl had been called for obstruction. Kaylea Jamieson’s shot ended up going through a maze of players before Marlatt found it and put it past goalkeeper Jade Hoysradt.
Though the Green came on the right side of both games, head coach Barry Donnelly described the match against the Stingers as a far more taxing affair.
“We got a couple of lucky bounces in the first half,” Donnelly said. “They hit the post twice and fortunately for us they didn’t get one. Second half we got better as the game went on and we were able to come away with the victory. Physically it was tougher. Mentally it was tougher. Newfoundland was ready to play and they came right at us.”
But Donnelly also knows his team must start scoring more if it to advance far in the tournament.
“Inside the box we’ve got to start finishing,” he said. “We can’t keep winning games 1-0.”
Though unhappy with the loss, Stingers head coach Sheldon Barry remains confident his team can get a win tomorrow against Quebec.
“I thought we were the better team (today),” Barry said. “A lot of those shots generally go in for us. Today, they hit the post twice and we outplayed a very good Ontario side. We’re upset we didn’t win but we feel we’re right in the middle of the tournament for sure.”
Strikers (YK) and Saskatchewan (SK) ended in a scoreless tie
PTSC Fusion (MB) beat West Prince Storm (PE) 4:0
Halifax County United (NS) defeated New Brunswick (NB) 1:0