Brossard QC - Surrey United ladies took on and beat the heavily fancied Alberta Edmonton Victoria 3-1 on day two of competition play at the Jubilee Trophy Nationals Competition in Montreal. The result will go a long way to determining the eventual winner of the group and it was critical that United would be at their best for this game and they did not disappoint.
Surrey started the game in a determined manner and in only the second minute of play had an effort cleared off the goal-line by a defender with their goal-keeper beaten on the play. However, United did not have long to wait to get the breakthrough and two minutes later a Rachael Pelat free-kick was clipped home from close range by striker Katie Thorlakson.
Surrey was dominating play and put Alberta under severe pressure for long periods of play. After coming close to increasing the score-line on a couple of occasions United finally added to their lead in the 36th minute when Thorlakson cleverly beat a defender on the right before firing over a low cross which April Coffin hammered high into the top corner of the net from twelve yards out.
Alberta played with the strong wind at their backs in the second half and twenty minutes into the frame reduced the deficit with a fine individual goal from their right midfielder who cut inside and hit a curling left foot shot into the net. It was gut check time for United and they responded well when ten minutes later Coffin picked off an errant pass and broke down the left before squaring to Aly Benes whose low shot was parried but Benes followed up on the rebound and forced the ball over the line.
Surrey’s strong defensive play was a key part in securing the win while Coffin had an outstanding game as did Benes for the second straight game. The win puts Surrey in a strong position but with two games remaining there is no room for complacency as there is still plenty of tough competition to face in the next two games. Surrey’s player of the game today was April Coffin.