Bible Hill nipped by New Glasgow in regional final
TRURO – There were no late-game heroics Wednesday for the Bible Hill Huskies.
Alyssa MacKinnon, left, Sarah Marchand and Madeline Quinn watch in dejection as the New Glasgow Panthers celebrate with the Northumberland Region junior high girls soccer banner Wednesday at Bible Hill Junior High. The Huskies were edged 3-2 in Wednesday’s final. Matthew Veno – Truro Daily News
The Huskies, who seemingly owned the latter stages of their junior high girls soccer matches all season, couldn’t muster a tying goal and were nipped 3-2 by the New Glasgow Panthers in the Northumberland Region final in Bible Hill.
Although disappointed, the Huskies didn’t leave the field with their heads hanging.
“We played a pretty good game,” striker Julia Schmitt said. “We were both good teams and we just didn’t get many lucky breaks.”
Coach Raj Makkar agreed.
“That game could have went either way,” he said. “The girls played great but someone has got to win and someone has got to lose and it just wasn’t our day.”
Things didn’t go Bible Hill’s way from the start. The Huskies found themselves in a 2-0 hole early on a chewed up field.
However, the Huskies found their stride and managed to tie the score by half time thanks to a goal from Julia Schmitt and another just before the whistle on a penalty kick by Hannah Rushton.
“We were feeling pretty good and confident,” Makkar said.
But the Huskies couldn’t keep hold of the momentum and surrendered what would be the winner early in the second half. Bible Hill had several chances to tie the game, but couldn’t bury any into the New Glasgow goal.
“Sometimes we played hard and other times we let off a little and I think that’s where we lost out,” Schmitt, a 14-year-old Bible Hill resident, said. “We didn’t play as hard as we could have 100 per cent of the time.”
The Huskies had relied on their speed and agility to exploit opponents all season en route to a 7-1-2 record. But the field conditions, which worsened as the minutes ticked away, neutralized that weapon, allowing the New Glasgow defence to clear the ball from the danger zone on a regular basis.
“It works both ways,” Makkar said. “But it didn’t work to our advantage that’s for sure. When the field is dry and that mud is not there the girls can fly.”
The Huskies blanked Parrsboro 2-0 in Wednesday’s semifinal to advance to the final and qualified for the regional tournament thanks to a 2-1 double overtime victory over the Central Colchester Bears in last week’s district final.
Since Bible Hill hosted Wednesday’s event, the Bears were also able to advance but dropped a 2-1 double overtime decision to New Glasgow in their semifinal matchup.
The Bears then defeated Parrsboro 2-1 in single overtime in the consolation final.
The South Colchester Wolves clinched their second consecutive regional boys crown Wednesday in Pugwash.
The Wolves cruised to a 6-0 victory over the hosts in the final thanks to a four-goal performance from Riley Peck. Aiden Weatherbee and Cameron DeGroot rounded out the scoring and Tyler Howe recorded the clean sheet.
South Colchester, which advanced to the regional tournament thanks to last week’s 2-1 triumph on penalty kicks over the Central Colchester Bears in the district final, blanked Oxford 3-0 in the semifinal.
Riley Peck provided all three tallies and Howe kept all challengers out of the net.
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