Kap captures women’s title
Kapuskasing Eastview RV captured the Timmins Women’s Soccer Club championship Tuesday night.
Shelby Nadon’s goal at the 65 minute mark staked the visitors to a 1-0 victory over league champion Wolfepack Apparel & Designs.
Nadon and a teammate broke through the centre of the Wolfepack back line after another teammate chipped the ball through.
“I had a little extra time at the end and kind of made an extra move and put the ball in the corner,” she said.“That (bottom right corner) is my signature spot. That’s where I was aiming to put the ball.”
About 10 minutes after Nadon’s game-winning goal she had another glorious opportunity, but Wolfepack keeper Brianna Bishop was equal to the challenge.
“She had a great challenge on the play,” Nadon said.
“What I was trying to do was chip it, because she was so far out, but she kind of swung her hand up.
“It was a great save.”
Kapuskasing keeper Kelly Piche, playing with a brace on her left knee recorded her second-straight shutout Tuesday, but was quick to give much of the credit to her teammates.
“I had two shutouts, but it was the defence and the strikers who deserve all the glory,” she said.
Piche’s strong play in the finals is even more amazing given that it was not only her first year playing goal, but her also her first year on a soccer pitch.
“Shelby asked me to come out,” Piche said.
“She said they would have my back and guess what, they did.”
As time began to tick away in the second half, the Wolfepack squad continue to press the attack and launched a number of long strikes that failed to find the target, drifting too high, or too far right.
“With the wind tonight, I just decided to stay and my line, keep my head up and hope for the best,” Piche said.
The Kapuskasing keeper will have plenty of time to let her aches and pains heal during a long off season.
“It (moving around on the pitch with a sore leg) was a little difficult, but it was nothing a little ice couldn’t fix after every game,” Piche said.
Tuesday’s win, combined with Sunday’s 2-0 victory, gave Kapuskasing the best-of-three championship series 2-0.
Kapuskasing finished 13 points behind Wolfepack Apparel & Designs during the regular season, but the Timmins-based league champs lost a number of players prior to the start of the playoffs.
“We were short a few girls from the regular season,” said Wolfepack coach Tony Garito.
“The team we have right now played their hearts out though and I couldn’t ask anything more of them.
“It could have gone eitherway. I felt they had a few more scoring chances tonight, but our girls gave it everything they could.”
Kapuskasing coach Drew Nadon was naturally all smiles after his squad finished off the Wolfepack Tuesday night.
“Going into this year we had a younger team and we weren’t really sure what to expect,” he said.
“We felt we were going to be rebuilding for a bit, but about half way through we got some veteran players back and it made a huge difference for us.”
Like Garito, Nadon felt the game could have gone either way.
“I have got a lot of respect for Blue (Wolfepack),” he said.
“There were missing a lot of key players coming into this series, but the girls that they had worked their butts off.
“They should be proud of themselves.”
Being able to win the championship against the regular season’s top squad was still pretty special for Kapuskasing, however.
“In the last five years we haven’t beat Blue (Wolfepack), so to get two wins against them in the playoffs is more than rewarding,” Nadon said.
“It was obviously our goal coming into the year.”
The coach was impressed with the play of both teams’ keepers.
“They both played really, really well, but I am particularly proud of our keeper because she was hurt coming into the finals and it was also her first year ever,” Nadon said.
“I was very proud of her getting two clean sheets in the finals.
“She is a warrior. She is a hard worker and she dedicated herself fully to the team this season.”