A trip to the under-14 national club soccer championship is on the line tonight.
The Subway Youth Soccer League regular season girls’ champion Summerside United plays the West Prince Storm at 6:30 p.m. at the UPEI Turf.
The teams are very evenly matched with Summerside winning two of the three regular season games.
Both teams had shutout victories during their semifinal match. United got goals from Taylor Gillis, Emma MacKenzie and Melanie Belong to get by the Winsloe-Charlottetown Royals.
The Storm got goals from Rickilee MacLeod and Janelle Perry for a 2-0 victory over R.C. United.
In under-14 boys’ action, the Eastern Eagles are the surprise team to reach the final.
Seeded sixth heading into the playoffs, they won their quarter-final match in Summerside and their semifinal contest in extra time over the W.C. Royals F.C. 2-1. Donavan Bears supplied both goals in the semifinal.
The Eagles will need one more upset as they face regular season champion R.C. United at 8:15 p.m. at UPEI.
United reached the final with a 3-0 victory over West Prince Storm. Ryan Boswall, James Richard and Connor Reardon had the goals while Aiden MacPhail had the clean sheet for the shutout.
The under-14 nationals are in Lethbridge, Alta., from Oct. 9 to 14.
The under-16 championship games take place Tuesday night with the girls kicking off at 6:30 and the boys at 8:30.
The girls’ match features West Prince Storm and W.C. Royals F.C. while the boys’ matchup has W.C. Royals F.C. playing against the Sherwood-Parkdale Rangers S.C.
The Storm knocked off the regular season champions, Summerside United, 2-1 in the semifinal. The Royals defeated R.C. United by a similar 2-1 score.
United had the lead at halftime in their match against the Storm from a goal by Julie Campbell, but Adele Arsenault and Sami Jo Sentner replied for the Storm in the second half to get them into final.
The Royals hosted the United in their semifinal matchup and needed a goal in extra time from Darby Myers to get to the final. Emma Clark for the Royals and Jenn Balderston for United scored in regulation.
In the boys’ game, W.C. Royals play the Rangers after getting a shutout performance by keeper Andrew Weeks to get past R.C. United 3-0 in their semifinal.
Alex O’Brien opened the scoring for Winlsoe in the 29th minute when he headed the ball out of reach of the arms of on-rushing R.C. keeper.
O’Brien got his second only 15 seconds after the second half kickoff when he intercepted an R.C. defender’s pass at the top of the penalty box, rounded the keeper and calmly passed the ball into the open net.
R.C. keeper Colby Arsenault kept his team in the game but O’Brien’s third goal iced the victory.
The Rangers came away with a 1-0 victory over the Storm in the other semifinal. Hunter MacTague had shutout and Blake deJong netted the goal with nine minutes to play.
The winners head to Kamloops, B.C., for the nationals from Oct. 9