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The U-17 Girls Ontario Cup Final between the London Youth Whitecaps and Burlington Bayhawks featured two great female development programs in Ontario.
Both teams traded chances in the early going but Burlington’s keeper Maya Gonsalves and London’s goalie Sierra Walpole were up to the task making numerous stops.
The deadlock would finally be broken in the 30th minute when Burlington’s Jaia Riggan broke in on goal.
Walpole came to meet her and the two collided but not before Riggan was able to touch the ball past the outstretched keeper for the game’s first goal.
Ten minutes later, Jenna Leslie would increase Burlington’s lead to 2-0 when she got on the end of a corner kick and nodded the ball into the back of the London net.
Riggan netted her second goal of the game in the 56th minute. Similar to her first goal, the quick striker got in behind the London defence but this time she avoided the collision, rounded the keeper and made it 3-0.
Brianna Mascia made it 4-0 when she picked off a London pass and looped her shot over the keeper.
London would pull one back with 13 minutes remaining. Yasmeen Halbouni, who had been dangerous all game, broke the shutout to make it 4-1.
Mairin Boyle would increase Burlington’s lead when her shot fooled the London keeper to make it 5-1.
Burlington would shut the door the rest of the way and they would capture the U-17 Girls Ontario Cup and with the win now qualify for the 2017 Toyota National Championships, which will be hosted in Fredericton beginning on Oct. 4.
Visit the Ontario Soccer Facebook page to find all the photos from the final.