Fundy under-12 girls had great year in top division

Dave Mathieson
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AMHERST – The Fundy Youth Soccer under-12 girls finished first in the regular season and played against Moncton First Touch for New Brunswick Soccer League supremacy Tuesday night in Amherst.

“We played really well tonight,” said team coach Ron Gould after the game. “First Touch has been challenging us all year long.

“In the couple of games we played against them this year they jumped out to an early lead, much like today, and we scrapped our way back and scored near the end of the game.”

Down 1-0 near the end of the game, Fundy had several strong scoring chances but were unable to get the ball past the first tough goaltender, losing the game 1-0.

“We hit the post and got some free kicks in their end but their goaltender has been improving every game and by the end of the year she was playing really, really well,” said Gould. “And their fullback played really, really well, so we couldn’t get any strong breakaways or create any outright offence.”

First Touch scored 25 minutes into the first half.

“The goal wasn’t a bad goal,” said Gould. “Victoria (Webb) played it really well and had the right angle on it but it was a well directed shot that just got inside the post.”

Gould gave the team a pep talk at halftime.

“We talked about having a great year and having fun and going out in the second half and giving it our all,” said Gould. “The girls played really well and gave it 100 per cent.”

The under-12 team played in the second division last year and moved to the first division in 2013.

“Moving up to the first division we would have been happy to finish in the middle of the pack but we played really good soccer.”

Gould said their style of play paid off as the season progressed.

“We were trying to play a controlled game instead of kicking the ball and running like hell,” said Gould. “At the beginning of the season we lost to some of the teams that were kicking and running but by the end of the year we leapfrogged over those teams.”

Finishing first in the league wasn’t easy.

“It probably takes a little bit more of an effort to finish first in the league than it does to win the final game because anything can happen in the final game,” said Gould. “To compete and to be first in the league was a something we can be happy with.”

Gould’s daughter, Darcy, plays on the under-12 team but will move to the under-14 team next year, and Gould hopes to follow her there.

“About two thirds of the team will move up to under-14,” said Gould. “I’ll go coach the under-14 girls if there is a coaching space there.”

What will happen to the under-12 program?

“There’s five or six that will stay under-12, and there’s three girls playing under-10, so we hope more girls come out of the woodwork to play under-12 next year.”

Gould will also coach the team at E.B. Chandler this year as well.



Organizations: New Brunswick Soccer League

Geographic location: AMHERST, Victoria

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