Sunday’s kickoff is 5 p.m. at Eldorado field between the Morinville Ladies and Revolution FC in the St. Albert Women’s Soccer League (SAWSL).

Second-place Morinville (5-1-1) is the top defensive team in division one with four shutouts and only four goals against. Morinville, last year’s tier I finalists, 2007 pennant winners and tier I semifinalists, are led offensively by Suzanne Gaetz’s six goals. Gaetz and Krista Gordon of Revolution shared the 2008 division one Golden Boot scoring title with 14 goals apiece in league play.

Fourth-place Revolution (4-1-1) is coming off an impressive 3-1 win over first-place Storm United (6-1) Sunday. Gordon sniped her fifth and sixth goals as the 2009 World Masters Games team handed last year’s pennant winners its first loss of the season. Midfielder Allyson Fong and keeper Deanne Karner also played pivotal roles for Revolution, the 2008 tier I semifinalists, 2007 division two pennant winners and tier I champions.

Three teams from St. Albert will be rucking and mauling this afternoon on the rugby pitch.

At 2 p.m. in the Edmonton Rugby Union, the Exiles host the Cold Lake Penguins at the St. Albert Rugby Football Club (SARFC) and the undefeated Blues battle the Pirates for first place in the women’s second division at Ellerslie Rugby Park.

The Exiles (3-4) lost their last two games by a combined score of 85-7. The Penguins have only one win in five games.

The Blues (5-0) trail the division-leading Pirates (6-1) by four points with two games in hand. The Blues are coming off a 70-0 pounding of the Fort McMurray Knights (1-5) June 20. The league’s highest-scoring team (a whopping 71.2 points per game average) racked up 12 tries and five conversions in Fort McMurray.

In the Alberta Cup men’s first division, St. Albert and the Druids hook up at 4 p.m. at Outlaws field in Sherwood Park. The 2008 pennant winners and provincial finalists are gunning for their eighth win in as many games. In the May 9 season-opener in St. Albert, the firsts thumped the Druids 38-10. The Druids (4-3) are undefeated in their last three games.

St. Albert’s first 15 includes English import Karim Lynch (averaging a try per game) and eight-man Byron Elliott (leading candidate for the team’s MVP award).

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