Amanda Kwan (Photo: Martin Bazyl)
A back-and-forth first half stalemate between North Mississauga and Sanjaxx women broke apart just before the interval as first Sanjaxx's Amanda Kwan (43') and then North Miss' Kylee Bertrand (45') knocked in goals within two minutes.
However, the story of the night was the pace of North Miss forwards Chanel Hudson-Marks (57') and Oshay Lawes (62'), with the two combining well and each getting a tally within five minutes to put the away side ahead.
"The second half we made some tactical adjustments and transitioned from a 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2," explained North Miss president, Trevor Bertrand.
"We realized that we have to be quick up top, so we went with two quick strikers and created many chances. It was a good game. They were tough in the back, but I knew we could catch them with speed. My only wish is we could have converted more chances!"
Oshay Lawes (Photo: Martin Bazyl)
Sanjaxx would rotate through tactical solutions and fresh personnel, but couldn't catch the away side before the final whistle.
"First half was very good, second half was not so good," said Sanjaxx head coach, Laza Lowe. "Maybe it is a fitness issue or aggressiveness."
"The team has to learn to manage a game, and persevere through a game. We gave up a bad goal right at the end of the first half and it set us back a little and it came at the point when we were playing well. We got a chance right after that and did not capitalize so it comes back to haunt us."
"Overall though, it was a good game for my team."