Pugwash Panthers win provincial soccer title

Dave Mathieson webcomments@ngnews.ca
Published on November 6, 2013

NEIL’S HARBOUR – The Pugwash District High School Panthers are the 2013-2014 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 4 Boys provincial soccer champions.

The Panthers won the provincial title after defeating the Parrsboro Regional High School Warriors 5-1 in the championship game Saturday in Neil’s Harbour.

Jordan Boyd and Tristin McKellar scored two goals each and Colby Stevens added a single marker in the championship game.

Caleb Pye played in goal for the Panthers.

Nick Warren scored the lone Warriors goal.

Panthers’ coach, Chris Tower says the key to their success has been to focus on possession and position.

“The boys have a lot of skill and can make smart passes and create time and space, wearing other teams out,” said Tower. “We also play with an aggressive defence which puts a lot pressure in the midfield, creating a lot of turnovers and limiting other team’s space.

The Panthers path to the championship final went through Truro’s Colchester Christian Academy on Friday, who they beat 3-1.

Tower says winning the provincial soccer tournament was a “total team effort with strong support from the bench.”

This was the third provincial soccer title for Pugwash, all of which have been won in the last five seasons. Last year they won silver at the provincials.

Captains Lucas Morrison, Colby Stevens and Tristin McKellar led the team, which has eight Grade 12 players.

“We’re looking forward to a great group of Grade 9s coming up next year, so we will defiantly be very competitive,” said Tower.

The Panthers went undefeated on the season in the Cumberland Sr. Boys Soccer League.

They went on to win the regional banner with a 3-0 win on Oct. 9 in Pictou County, and won their qualifying game 4-1 against Pictou on Oct. 25 in Pugwash.

“We had excellent parent support all season,” said Tower.