Truro celebrates regional win in Amherst

Dave Mathieson
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E.B. Chandler claims bronze after beating Oxford in consolation

AMHERST -- Girls junior high school soccer took centre stage in Amherst yesterday as teams from Truro, New Glasgow and Oxford converged on the E.B. Chandler soccer pitch for the Northumberland Region championship.
The day was wet and the field was muddy, and in the end it was Truro taking the gold medal after defeating New Glasgow in the championship game by an overtime score of 2-1.
To advance to the championship game Truro beat Oxford 3-0 and New Glasgow beat E.B. Chandler by a score of 1-0.
"I thought the girls didn't play up to their potential," E.B. Chandler assistant coach Rick Goodwin said after the game. "The girls came out kind of flat."
Except for one tie with Parrsboro, E.B Chandler had a perfect record on the season and expectations were high.
"It was a bit like going to the Super Bowl," Goodwin said. "The girls played so well during the regular season and they get to the big show and they didn't play the way they thought they could."
Goodwin said the girls were really down after the game against New Glasgow and it showed when they took to the field against Oxford in the consolation game.
"I think they thought they were going to walk all over Oxford but Oxford came to play," Goodwin added.
By the end of the first half Oxford was leading E.B. Chandler by a score of 3-0.
"That's a game they should have dominated right out of the gate," Goodwin said. "The girls just weren't playing."
After being asked at half time being out of the medals was a way they wanted to end the season, the girls came out in the second half re-energized and won the game in overtime by a score of 4-3.
Scoring for Amherst was Jessica Rossong with two goals and Natasha Gouchie and Ashley Bickerton each with one.
"They came back and showed they wanted to win," Goodwin said. "I'm glad they finished the season with a bronze but there's no reason they couldn't have got a silver or maybe even a gold medal."

Geographic location: Oxford, Amherst, New Glasgow

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  • Frank
    January 18, 2010 - 11:13

    If the coach from EB would have took charge maybe we would know!!! On the sideline they have 3,4 sometimes 5 cooaches I noticed the teams in the finals NewGlasgow/Truro only had one!! Oh ya they were guy guys of female teams, once again it shows the Board should be hiring teachers who can COACH!!!!

  • Tim
    January 18, 2010 - 10:57

    Just wanted to remind the EB Chandler coach that he must only be refering to the teams perfect regular season , as EB Chandler lost to Truro Junior High 3-1 in a tournament earlier in the season .

  • Chara
    January 18, 2010 - 10:57

    As EBC head coach I agree!! The girls worked extremely hard and I am quite embarrased by the comments of our assistant. My apologies! The girls had an awesome season! Good job girls

  • Tammy
    January 18, 2010 - 10:42

    Considering the weather, field conditions and temperature, I think that every single girl from every single team that stepped on that field were absolutely amazing....PERIOD !!!!

  • BOB
    January 18, 2010 - 10:33

    I think that the amherst girls need to be recognized for their hard work, instead of the amherst coach saying how horrible they wonder they played bad with a coach's attitude like that!