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."