The Ambrose Lions came into the day as underdogs, but roared loudly on the court to claim the ACAC women's futsal gold medal. The Lions built an early lead and never looked back in a 3-1 win over The King's University Eagles to claim the championship at Lethbridge College.
The Lions opened the scoring midway through the first half, with two goals in just 20 seconds. Maria Hernandez and Meg Buchanan each found the back of the net to make it 2-0. That was the only scoring in the opening period.
In the opening minute of the second half, the Lions added to their advantage as Buchanan tapped in her second of the game as Ambrose looked to be in firm control, up 3-0. But this tournament has proved no lead is safe and King's began to fight back when Aimee Tiemstra sniped a goal midway through the half to cut the Lions lead to two. The Eagles came within inches of getting within one when Tiemstra's free kick bounced off the wall in front and right to Kaylee Croft who banged a shot off the post.
The Eagles final chance to cut into the lead came with just over 40 seconds remaining when Tiemstra received a penalty kick, but Lions netminder Janelle Perry made the save of the game, diving to her right, to preserve the 3-1 victory.
This is the first championship in Lions women's futsal program history and just the second medal for the team, following a bronze in 2015. The Lions Bethany Herman was named tournament MVP.
Ambrose: Buchanan 2, Hernandez
Players of the game:
Ambrose: Rachel Wolf
King's: Kaylee Croft