Gorge FC win Terry Price Cup over Gordon Head

Prospect Lake leads Island clubs to women's soccer provincials

Gorge FC's Bronte Fitzsimmons checks Gordon Head Gold's Laura Simandl in the Terry Price Cup final

Gorge FC is the top senior women’s team on the Island, after winning the 2012 Terry Price Cup on Sunday (March 25).

Gorge defeated Gordon Head Gold 3-1 in the final, the Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association’s premier trophy, at Braefoot Park on March 25. Bronte Fitzsimmons, Sarah Cameron and Heather Christie scored for Gorge and Laura Simandl scored for Gordon Head.

The win comes on the heels of a late season coaching shuffle for Gorge, which finished second, one point behind Prospect Lake, in the regular season.

Prospect Lake bowed out of the Terry Price playoffs early, however, with two ties and a 3-0 loss to Gorge in the round robin. Gorge defeated Vic West while Gordon Head Gold beat Castaways FC in the cup semifinals.

For winning the regular season, Prospect retains the Island’s No. 1 seed going into the A Cup provincial tournament.

Gorge, Gordon Head Gold, Nanaimo United and Castaways FC are seeded second through fifth, respectively.

Castaways FC will likely draw perennial champs Surrey United when the 16-team draw is finalized Monday (April 2), said LIWSA competitions chair Randy Wachtin.

Prior to the Terry Price final on Sunday the Doug Day Cup, Division 1 championship was won by Castaways FC over Vic West FC 3-0. Joey Porco scored twice and Julia Ratcliffe once, all in extra time, as the match was scoreless after 90 minutes.  Samantha Behm earned the shutout.

The Doug Day Cup also boasted a rare feat, with an all female officiating crew.

“It’s a big accomplishment, and we’re hoping to make it happen more often,” Wachtin said.

Brea Moore was the referee, with referee’s assistants Donna Porter and Teresa Vitrou patrolling from the sidelines.

The Castaways are the Island’s No. 1 seed for the provincial B Cup draw, also on April 2, having finished first in the Div. 1 standings. Div. 1 clubs Vic West FC, Prospect Lake and Sooke Pumas enter the B Cup draw as the Island’s second to fourth seeds.

Community cups

LIWSA’s final two community cups, the Frank Leversedge and Stephanie Shergold, are this Sunday (April 1) at Lochside Park at 12 and 2:30 p.m., respectively.

Peggy Leversedge, widow of the cup’s namesake, will present the cup to the winner of the final between the Bays United FC and Saanich Fusion Storm Div. 3B teams.

The Shergold Cup is a cross-division match between the Div. 2 Salt Spring Utd. and over-30 Gorge FC.


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