Carters Cresting travel to Stellarton for provincials

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AMHERST - Last year, they were provincial champs in the Tier 2B division. This weekend they are attempting to become the champions of the Tier 2A division.
"We've played tier 2A teams all year long," Carters Cresting coach John Rossong said. "But we haven't played any of the teams we'll meet this weekend."
They are the only team from the Fundy league participating in the provincial tournament in Stellarton.
To gain a berth in the provincials they had to beat the Truro CC riders.
"They were a thorn in our side all year long," Rossong said. "We tied them twice and they beat us in a shootout.
"Then last Friday we went on to their home turf and beat them 1-0."
Brittany Porter scored the goal.
"It was great to see her score that goal," Rossong added.
Porter's goal made them the under-14 girls champions of the Highland District Soccer League.
What has made it possible for the team to be so successful upon moving up to Tier 2A?
"The big thing is the girls worked hard all summer long," Rossong said.
He also gives credit for the input of coach Brittany Carter.
"She has been our coach and she organized the technical aspects of the game for us," Rossong said. "She switched our formation around so we play with three strikers instead of the normal two strikers. As a result we are a lot more offensively minded."
Carter came to the program with a wealth of experience as a university soccer player
"She's been a great coach and a great leader," Rossong added. "We've got a lot stronger because of the things she brought to the team. If it wasn't for Brittany Carter, we wouldn't be where we are."
The teams motto all season long has been to "leave it all on the field."
"If we do that at the provincials there's no telling how far we could go," Rossong said. "We definitely have a good shot at competing with the best teams and if we work hard we have a good chance of coming home with a medal."

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Highland District Soccer League

Geographic location: Stellarton, AMHERST

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