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2015 U18 Championships – Day 3 Recap

August 7, 2015 | Shaheed Devji | fieldhockey.ca

The stakes were high on Day 3 of the Under-18 Women’s National Championships in Surrey, British Columbia on Friday as after the final two round robin games, the semifinals decided who would play for medals on Saturday.

In the first matches of the day, the final pool standings were determined. Ontario, which entered the day in second place, faced Alberta in the day’s first matrch. Alberta began the day in fourth spot. Two-goal performances from Ontario’s captain Hannah Eborall and Jaslan Stirling led Ontario to the 7-1 win and into the 2nd vs 3rd place semifinal, for a chance to play for a spot in the final. Alberta would play in the second semi, which would determine one of the spots in Saturday’s bronze medal match.

The second match of the day featured BC Blue PEI. It was a contest between David and Goliath, with the undefeated British Columbians facing the winless Islanders. Unlike the fairytale, it was Goliath that triumphed with the 14-0 win. The victory sent BC Blue directly into the the gold medal match, after an impressive round robin stage, in which they finished first in the pool and posting a goal differential of +32.

The first semifinal was when the pressure ramped up, as Ontario and BC White met to decide who would join BC Blue in the gold medal match. The 2nd and 3rd place teams were evenly matched and the game began that way with not many chances to score early. The intensity was high and it was an unlikely goal that broke the 0-0 deadlock late in the first half. When a ball played toward to the BC goal was misjudged by Ontario keeper Elizabeth O’Hara, who thought it was headed out, the ball hit the post and was jumped on and netted by Brittany Smith.

Ontario had a chance to tie before the half was over when Jaslan Stirling stickhandled into the circle and fired a wrist shot just wide. But the Ontarians came out with renewed purpose in the second half, and after sustained posession through the first ten minutes, they were able to tie the game. With an extra player because of a BC yellow card, Katherine MacMillan finished a pretty passing play in the forty-eighth minute.

Ontario was buoyed by the goal and after sliding saves from both goalies, a quick counter attach resulted in a goal from Margaret Pham, her fifth of the tournament, in the fifty-ninth minute. It would be the winner and send Ontario to the gold medal game on Saturday at 12:45pm/PT.

The final game of the day saw the 4th and 5th place teams, Alberta and PEI, meet for a chance to play for a medal on Saturday at 10:30am/PT against BC White. When the two teams met in the round robin, Alberta was able to come out on top by a score of 4-0, and on Friday it was almost identical. Despite PEI having their best offensive performance, with many chances to score on the rush from Abbey MacLellan and Sarah Sear, they weren’t able to get on the board, and it was Alberta’s continued effort that resulted in a 5-0 win and a spot in the bronze medal match.

Saturday medal matches are as follows:

  • 10:45am PT – BC White vs Alberta – Bronze Medal Match
  • 12:45pm PT – BC Blue vs Ontario – Gold Medal Match

Both matches will be live tweeted at @FieldHockeyCAN, and live scores and stats will be available at fhc.altiusrt.com.