Enough with the rehearsals. It’s showtime.
The Borderland Soccer League women’s division gets down to playoff business tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Struchan Gilson Soccer Pitch with a pair of semi-final matchups.
It will be a Tyson v. Douglas-type confrontation when the heavily-favoured La Place Rendez-Vous U-18 Voyageurs face Boston Pizza.
The first-place Voyageurs (14-1-1) enter the post-season on a three-game winning streak, are unbeaten in their past five and led the league by a country mile with 105 goals.
That’s compared to just 14 for last-place Boston Pizza (1-10-1), who actually finished with minus-six points in the standings due to losing nine points because of forfeits.
Erin Tomalty paced the relentless Vous attack (at least five goals scored in all but one game) with 18 goals, second in the league.
But she had plenty of assistance from the likes of Myla Angus (13 goals, third in the league), a trio of nine-goal scorers (Maggie Jean, Angel McCormack, Hailey Beaudry) and two more eight-goal sharpshooters (Claire Hyatt, Abby Sanders).
If the offensive power wasn’t enough, the Voyageurs have also received an immense contribution between the pipes from the circuit’s winningest goalkeeper, Bryanna Dustin (9-1-1, league-high four shutouts).
With starting goalkeeper Amy Wilson-Hands unavailable for the game, Boston Pizza’s task will be even tougher against a Voyageurs squad that swept the league’s expansion team in their five-game season series.
Laureen Peters, who led the league in scoring two season ago with Boston Pizza, topped her team’s scoring charts with six goals while Jodi Easton had three.
The other semifinal will feature second-place Al’s Racquet Stringing (6-7-3, 15 points) against third-place Taggs/Source for Sports (6-9-1, only four points because of three forfeits).
Al’s will have to make do without leading scorer Sara Kellar (12 goals, fourth in the league), who is unavailable for personal commitments.
That shifts the scoring burden onto the shoulders of Claire Crichton (11 goals) and Katie Beninger (six).
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Phyllis Pierson (3-6-2) will have to fend off a triple threat of Taggs snipers.
Jess Caul was the league’s scoring champion with 20 goals this year, while Myan Miller (nine) and Marisa Tremblay (seven) provide plenty of twine-bulging backup.
The job of thwarting the Al’s assault will likely fall to Jess Badiuk (four wins).
The two survivors will collide in Thursday’s championship game, while the pair of losing sides will hook up in Wednesday’s match to decide third place.