© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
The Chandler Cheetahs celebrate winning the district championships after beating Parrsboro 3-1 Wednesday at E.B. Chandler Junior High School. The winning Cheetahs are: (front) goaltender Maddie Bacon, (sitting, from left) Steph McDonald, Miranda March, Courtney Fromm, Brayden LeBlanc, Michelle Stiles, Abby Mosley, Savannah Smith (back, from left) coach Laura Wilson, Jamie Chapman, Maddie Black, Emma Bacon, Emily Haynes, Brianna Voss, Katie Carter, Farah Moreau, Brianne Beale, Victoria Lowerison, coach Monica Carde, and Cheetah (Brendan McCallum).
AMHERST – The E.B. Chandler Junior High School Cheetahs move on to the regional championships after winning the district championships 3-1 against Parrsboro Wednesday on the E.B. Chandler soccer pitch.
In the championship game the Cheetahs were down by a goal to Parrsboro in the first half when Steph McDonald evened the game to 1-1.
In the second half, EBC took over with leading defensive play by Katie Carter and Victoria Lowerison leading the way.
Goal scorers in the second half were Michelle Stiles and Brayden LeBlanc.
“The team benefitted by strong performances from Brianne Beale and winning keeper Maddie Bacon, who held it down for the girls during a number of fast break attacks,” said Cheetahs coach Laura Wilson.
Player of the game for the girls was the “unstoppable Katie Carter,” added Wilson.
“Our EBC girls team is a great group,” she added “We have a very versatile and coachable bunch of athletes this season, and have built our team around quick grade sevens, and strong defensive grade eights.” EBC is the only school that competes without grade nine students in the District.
In the first semi final game against Pugwash the Cheetah’s held on for a 4-3 win.
Goal scorers and players of the game for EBC were Abby Mosley and Victoria Lowerison. The winning keepers were Maddie Bacon and Savannah Smith.
In the second semi-final game, Parrsboro beat Oxford 5-1 with strong performances from Kylee Smith and Jasmine Walton.
“Monica (coach Carde) and I both agree that the league this year has been very exciting and competitive, with a lot of games finishing in ties,” said Wilson. “Districts is single game knock out, and was truly anyone's tournament to win.
“Parrsboro has a great team, and the championship was very exciting to watch for spectators and coaches alike,” added Wilson. “We look forward to taking our team to New Glasgow this Tuesday to compete at Regionals.”
More pictures of the tournament can be seen on the slide show section at www.cumberlandnewsnow.com.