Northern Nova senior women fall in provincial bronze medal game
STELLARTON – There was a lot learned this season and this weekend by the Northern Nova United senior women’s soccer team.
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Northern Nova United’s Lauren Hale, right, tries to regain possession during Sunday’s Soccer Nova Scotia women’s senior B provincial championship being held in Stellarton at the Sobey Soccer Complex. NNU lost the bronze medal game 3-1 to the Scotia Toros.
Most importantly it’s their ability to compete with any team from around the province.
As hosts of the Soccer Nova Scotia women’s senior B provincials over the weekend they were up against some of the toughest competition they had seen all season – they handled it well.
“I think we played really well and are very happy,” said head coach Melanie Hill. “We left it all on the field. We played hard all four games.”
The women opened the weekend with a 1-0 loss to Bedford on Saturday morning before a lopsided 7-0 victory over West Nova on Saturday afternoon.
Sunday morning against Dunbrack they tied 0-0, which was enough to advance them to the bronze medal game yesterday afternoon against the Scotia Toros. They lost 3-1 with one of the Toro’s goals being scored on a penalty kick. Amanda Hill had the lone Northern Nova goal in the bronze medal game.
“I think we learned that we can play soccer here in Pictou County,” said Hill. “We have a lot of quality soccer players and we’re going to continue to grow and keep women playing soccer.”
Hill also referenced the changes to the NNU senior women’s program and their infusion of youth on the field. She also said this year their team played the Gunn Baldursson tournament in the Annapolis Valley for the first time in a number of years, which was another positive in improving their team overall.
“(It was) stepping up and playing four games over the weekend (two days),” said Hill about what the toughest part of the weekend was. “I know everyone else has to do that too, but we played the Gunn Baldursson, which helped us with the number of games in the weekend. We stepped up and played hard.
“(We went to the Gunn because) we wanted to see other teams play because we only had four teams in our division. We knew we were hosting, so we wanted to see other teams before provincials.”
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