Only local competitive option for UNB soccer star
Maura Carter tries to carry the ball by an opposing player during mens soccer league action Sunday night. Carter is the only female player in the mens Codiac Soccer League. Hannah Morton - Amherst Daily News
AMHERST - Maura Carter, 20, has come along way since her days as a 'Timbit' with the Fundy Youth Soccer League. For the past three years she has played with the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds as an outside fullback.
This summer Carter is playing with the Amherst United Men's team in order to play at the most competitive league available to her locally.
She is the first girl to ever play on the team and the only girl currently playing in Codiac Soccer League.
Carter says so far she hasn't had any issues.
"Things couldn't bet better in that respect. Everyone has been really good about it. My teammates are even starting to treat me like one of the guys," said Carter.
After practicing with the men's team during offseasons the past couple of years, this year Carter asked to join the team so she could remain close to home and still be challenged.
"Last year I was playing with a team in New Glasgow and it was really time-consuming and difficult because of the cost to travel there," said Carter.
Coach (and player) Ron Gould said when Carter asked to join the team it wasn't a hard decision to make.
"There was no question whether or not she had the skills. We did wonder if the physical side of the game would be to much for her but she's been really tough out there," said Gould.
"She's stepped up to the challenge and so far she hasn't missed a beat," said Gould.
Carter studies kinesiology at UNB and is considering joining the RCMP after she graduates.