Gryphons JV girl’s soccer team advances with win over Cougars
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Corinne Cameron of the North Nova JV girl’s soccer team looks to make a move around the CEC midfielder during Wednesday NSSAF action at the Parkdale Complex. North Nova defeated CEC 2-0.
NEW GLASGOW – The North Nova Gryphons JV girls soccer team is one win away from a berth in provincials.
A 2-0 victory over the CEC Cougars on Wednesday has put the Gryphons into the regional final against the Amherst Vikettes today in Amherst. So far this season they’re 1-1 against the Vikettes, but today’s game has added meaning with the chance to stamp their ticket to provincials.
“The game is going to be pretty important to us because we don’t want to have to play another game to make provincials or have to travel for a qualifier because Amherst is already pretty far for us,” said Gryphons striker Keeley MacCuish. “We’re really going to have to make sure we keep our positions because they’re a fast team and are pretty relaxed at keeping their positions. We want to maintain our structure.”
Opening the scoring for North Nova yesterday was Sheena MacDonald in the 50th minute of play, walking in and putting the ball in the lower right side of the goal past the CEC keeper.
Just minutes later MacCuish had an opportunity to extend the lead, but hit the crossbar on a wide open opportunity. She wouldn’t be denied though as she scored in the 61st minute to push the lead to 2-0, where the game would finish.
Both teams had a number of chances in the remainder of the second half, but when the final whistle blew Haley MacDonald had a clean sheet in goal for the Gryphons.
With the game tied going into the second half MacCuish said they weren’t nervous. They defeated the Cougars last weekend and were confident they could again.
“We came into the game just hoping to come out on top and we beat them last weekend so we knew it was possible,” she said. “We weren’t scared that we would lose, but knew we had to pick it up in their end because we were scared to play the ball in their end and ours. We were good in the centre, but struggled early in the game to play well at either end of the field.”
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