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Clippers Women Post First Win 4-1 At Expense Of North Miss

By League1 Ontario staff, 06/06/16, 6:30PM EDT


Kingston Clippers women recorded their first ever League1 win on Sunday evening, beating North Mississauga Panthers 4-1 at Queen's University, Tindall Field. 

"I give all credit to the players," said Kingston head coach, Christian Hoefler. 

"This whole week at training we've been going through different tactics, and speaking to players individually so that they can understand the roles. Really just simplified things." 

Jackie Tessier (27', 45') led the way for the visitors, and teammate Riley Filion (34') chipped in a third to give the home side a healthy lead at half. 

North Miss started with the brighter chances though, as Emily Borgmann was put in alone with Kingston GK Megan Edwards before an incredible last ditch tackle from Kyra Steer took the certain goal off her toe.

Panther Erica Brunet was the next to threaten, beating Edwards with a high shot that just caught the crossbar while dropping in.

The stage was set for Tessier's first goal, and it was indeed highlight reel material. Tessier collected the ball with her back to net 20 yards out, spun her marker one direction before pulling the ball back and curling the shot into the top corner near post. 

Only seven minutes later, Riley Filion found herself alone in the box, finishing off her free header hard and downward to give North Miss GK Ashley Almeida no chance.

Jackie Tessier (Photo: Martin Bazyl)

Riley Filion (Photo: Martin Bazyl)

Tessier's second, just ahead of the half-time whistle, had some luck about it. Almeida came out sliding hard to collect a stray through ball, but inadvertently fumbled the ball back into the onrushing Tessier who slotted the ball into the open net.

Kingston captain Mallory McQueen (53') kept up the home form just after the restart, tapping in the finish from a yard out after a corner resulted in a goal-mouth scramble. 

"With the climate being cooler today it also helped with the focus," said Hoefler. "We finished today, which is not something we were able to do in other matches early on and that did help us. It made a big difference."

Mallory McQueen (Photo: Martin Bazyl)

Sarah Nixon (Photo: Martin Bazyl)

North Miss would rally in the late stages.

A nice flowing move down the Kingston left flank resulted in a cutback from Borgmann, a dummy by Oshay Lawes at near post, and a thunderous shot by Tracey Pizarro-Steffler from 12 yards out that smashed squarely into the crossbar.

Minutes later a cross into the box was brought down nicely in the box by North Mississauga and Queen's University forward Sarah Nixon, who was clattered from behind. Borgmann (74') made no mistake from the spot, slotting the ball high to Edwards left. 

Kingston and North Miss now sit level on five points in the table in fifth position. 

Kingston hosts Darby FC on June 19 (4 p.m.) at Queen's University, Tindall Field. 

North Miss returns home on June 10 (8 p.m.) at Hershey Centre 1, Mississauga to play second place Durham United FA.