Woodbridge Strikers soundly defeated Kingston Clippers 7-1 in the second round of the women's L1 Cup and will advance to the semi-final round to play North Mississauga Panthers.
"Today I will take responsibility as the technical director," said Kingston technical director, Chris Eveleigh. "We're asking girls that have been working since 7 a.m. to travel, get off work early and lose money, and again they'll get up first thing tomorrow to go to work again."
"I'll take responsibility for what we were able to put on the pitch today and I appreciate the time and effort they've put in."
Jessica Lisi (8') opened the scoring at Woodbridge's home grounds of Vaughan Grove within the first ten minutes, before Christabel Oduro (11',40') and Emily Pietrangelo (12',63') put away their first of respective braces. Captain April Syme (19') made it four inside twenty minutes and Kingston had a mountain to climb in the second half.
"Our team is very good at not giving up no matter what the score is," said Kingston captain, Mallory McQueen. "We came out in the second half with the mentality that it was 0-0 and just tried to play our game."
"We switched our formation to try and clog up the middle and that seemed to help a little bit. It's tough having people in that don't usually play in our team - they came up tonight as subs for us from our local premier team - but we were very happy to have them to help us. Obviously it wasn't our day, but we're just looking forward from here."
With Pietrangelo's second, and Alyscha Mottershead (73') adding a third, the second half was a more even affair. Kingston's Brittany Almeida (83') got one back for the visitors in the final ten minutes, but it was too little too late to affect the outcome.
"Our thought process before and at the beginning of this game was that we've played this team before, and they came back and tied us, so we definitely wanted to come out hard today and not take them lightly," said Woodbridge captain, April Syme.
"They are a good team, they are very competitive, and we just came out on top today. I'm proud of the goals we scored, and think it shows the practice and work on the field that we've been putting in."