NEW GLASGOW – The New Glasgow Junior High girls soccer team has a chance to redeem themselves after losing the NSSAF regional final in a shootout last season.
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New Glasgow Junior High and West Pictou Consolidated players crowd around a loose ball during Wednesday’s district soccer championship at the Ward 1 Field in New Glasgow. New Glasgow won the match 3-1 over West Pictou to advance to regionals next week.
Olivia Murray, a Grade 9 player on the Panthers, said she hopes to go out on top before moving on to high school.
“I wanted to get back to regionals really badly and want to win it even more because it’s my last year,” she said. “It’s the last year for the school too so we want to win a regional banner in the school’s last year.”
She helped her team to a 3-1 victory over West Pictou yesterday in the district final, scoring a goal. Jensen Arsenault and Katelyn Dunn also scored for New Glasgow.
Lilly Langford scored the lone West Pictou goal.
Although the Panthers were 2-0 in regular season play against West Pictou, Murray said that the game could’ve gone either way.
“We just kept it in our heads that if we don’t win we don’t get to go to regionals and our season is done,” she said. “Our goal was to make it there and hopefully win it. They have a lot of good players and even though we won our two games against them this season and were confident we knew things could change.”
With next week’s games expected to continue to get tougher for the team their focus is on improving their passing and being able to better “switch the field” so they aren’t moving into a crowd.”