Despite a 3-0 loss to Hants East Regional High School, North Nova Education Centre girls’ soccer coach Lachlan Gillis was pleased overall with the game.
The match-up was the first on Northumberland Regional High School’s field in the fifth annual girls invitational soccer tournament.
“It’s a good test of our skills,” he said, adding that it was a great start to the season.
The noontime game was a lively one with the Hants East Tigers holding a strong defense against the NNEC Gryphons’ offence.
Gillis said the game shows what they can build on for the next three games in the tournament.
“We can’t wait to play the other teams.”
Coach for NRHS Lady Nighthawks Bob Boardway was feeling positive before going into their first game of the tournament.
“We’ve got a nice core, a good group of new players,” he said about his team.
Their first match-up was against North East Kings Education Centre.
They lost to NEKEC during the provincial semi-final the previous year, Boardway said, so he was looking forward to seeing how the teams fared against some new faces.
Each team will play four games against four different teams at NRHS and the Pictou Rotary field.
The tournament runs through to Saturday afternoon with the final championship games at 3 p.m.
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9 a.m. Northumberland vs. Breton Education Centre @ NRHS field
Middleton vs. NEKEC @ Pictou Rotary field
10:30 a.m. King’s Edgehill vs. North Nova @ NRHS
Pictou Academy vs. Hants East @ Pictou Rotary
1:15 p.m. 4th Pool A vs. 4th Pool B Consolation @ NRHS
3rd Pool A vs. 3rd Pool B Consolation @ Pictou Rotary
3 p.m. 1st Pool A vs. 1st Pool B Championship @ NRHS
2nd Pool A vs. 2nd Pool B Consolation @ Pictou Rotary