Brossard QC - Surrey United entered the final day of round robin play against Quebec Sherbrooke Verts knowing that anything better than a three goal loss would see them emerge as the Group winners. Naturally, they set out to win and played a very strong game throughout dominating the play and camped virtually in the Quebec half for most of the game.
Despite all the pressure the closest United came to scoring in the first half was a Randee Hermus effort that crashed against the cross-bar and was scrambled clear. In the second half United continued with their dominance and Nicole Stewart came close to breaking the deadlock in the 55th minute when she broke down the left but with players wide open in the middle she went for goal and saw her fierce shot beaten away by the Quebec goaltender.
However, five minutes later with another identical run down the left where she again outpaced the defence she this time squared the ball for Aly Benes to tap home from close range. Surrey looked very comfortable right up until the 75th minute when they suffered a severe set-back. Quebec came racing clear on a breakaway from the half way line and United goalkeeper Devon Wharf raced from her penalty area to challenge for the ball at the feet of the Quebec forward but brought the player down in the collision and was shown a red card by the referee. This gave Quebec the momentum shift they were looking for and they came hard at the shorthanded United team and tied up the game on a nice play that saw international player Josee Boulanger skilfully find the net with a subtle touch.
With five minutes of the match remaining Quebec scored the winner but it was a case of too little too late for them. So despite suffering their first game loss in round robin play for two years Surrey United went through to the Gold medal game for the second time in the last three years.
Surrey’s player of the game today was a joint affair between Nicole Stewart and Megan Blaker who worked tirelessly throughout and were especially strong contributors in the final fifteen minutes when United were shorthanded.