Match Report: Whitecaps FC take home gold at the 2023 Women’s Inter-Provincial Championship

Location: Willoughby Community Park, Langley, BC
Date: August 13th, 2023
Final Score: Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite 5 – 0 Programme Excel Féminin

The eagerly awaited 2023 Women’s Inter-Provincial Championship Final unfolded at the picturesque Willoughby Community Park in Langley, BC, with the Whitecaps Youth Elite Girls facing off against Programme Excel Féminin. The game promised a thrilling encounter between two talented teams, and it certainly lived up to expectations.

The match kicked off in the early evening with both teams displaying their skill and tactical awareness from the very start. The Whitecaps Youth Elite Girls, known for their fluid passing and teamwork, showcased their prowess early on. In the 16th minute, the captain, #9 Kierra Blundell broke the deadlock with a well-executed goal, setting the tone for the match and making it 1-0.

The incredible teamwork started to flow for the Whitecaps as the game continued, in the 22nd minute, #18, Emma Yee pulled off a slick meg to blaze through the opponent’s final third, Delivering a perfect pass to #13, Joy Kimwemwe. Kimwemwe slots it into the bottom corner, Making it 2-0.

In the 28th minute, the Whitecaps extended their lead through a clever free-kick routine that was followed up by #12, Jaime Perrault who was able to capitalize on being first to the rebound. As the first half ended, the Whitecaps maintained their advantage, going into halftime with a 3-0 lead.

The second half commenced with both teams determined to make their mark on the match. In the 53rd minute, #21, Jeneva Hernandez Gray added to the Whitecaps’ lead, showcasing her offensive prowess, and extending the scoreline to 4-0.

As the game progressed, Programme Excel Féminin fought valiantly to close the gap. In the 86th minute, #13 Joy Kimwemwe scored her second of the match, sealing a convincing 5-0 lead for the Whitecaps Youth Elite Girls.

Gatorade Player of the Match: Jeneva Hernandez Gray (#21) – Vancouver Whitecaps Youth Elite Girls’

Jeneva’s remarkable contributions during the match, including a vital goal, exerted a significant influence on the game’s result. Her praiseworthy endeavours have earned her the honour of being named Player of the Match, a fully deserved acknowledgment of her pivotal role in VWC Youth Elite Girls’ triumphant victory.

The final whistle marked the end of an exhilarating match that showcased the Whitecaps Youth Elite Girls’ skill, teamwork, and determination. Their 5-0 victory over Programme Excel Féminin secured them the 2023 Women’s Inter-Provincial Championship title in a truly impressive fashion. The match will undoubtedly be remembered for its memorable goals, standout individual performances, and the Whitecaps’ exceptional display of soccer prowess.

With the conclusion of the 2023 Women’s Inter-provincial Championship, another chapter in the history of this league has been written. As the dust settles on this exciting year of soccer action, we eagerly anticipate the upcoming third year of the championship in 2024. The journey continues, filled with aspirations, talent, and the promise of even more memorable moments on the field. Here’s to the anticipation and excitement that the next year will bring!