© John DeCoste
The Valley Kings Arms senior men’s soccer team continued to top the standings in the NSSL Men’s Premiership division through July 14.
Valley Kings Arms continued to top the standings in the Nova Scotia Soccer League’s Men’s Premiership Division with a 6-1-2 season record.
Kings Arms scored 22 goals in their nine games, tied for second-best in their league, and allowed six goals, good for a three-way tie for lowest in the league as of July 14.
Over the seven days ending July 12, Kings Arms saw action three times, ending up with a win, a loss and a draw.
On July 6 in Wolfville, Kings Arms topped Suburban FC by a 4-1 score. Jeremie Shabani, Devin Tetlow, Benjamin Gravel and Calum MacRae had the Valley goals.
Then, on July 9 in Dartmouth, Kings Arms played to a 1-1 draw with Dartmouth United. Mike Wilkinson had the Valley goal. Their loss came July 12 at Dalhousie University as Halifax City blanked Kings Arms 4-0.
Other levels of play
A number of other Valley United Tier 1 teams continued to compete well in their respective NSSL divisions. The U-14 B girls were tied for second as of July 14 with a 4-2-1 record.
Most NSSL girls’ teams had the July 12-13 weekend off because of the Gunn Baldursson tournament, but on July 9, the U-14 B girls played to a 1-1 draw with Halifax City. Kaylee Keegan had the lone Valley goal.
The Valley U-16 girls were also second in their division with a 4-2 record through July 14. In their July 6 game, the U-16 girls topped XFC 4-1 in Wolfville. Taylor Kehoe, Jilisa Tempro, Serena Dolan and Kennedy Curry had the Valley goals.
The Valley United premier women were third in their division with a record of three wins, three losses and three draws.
On July 12, the Valley women edged Halifax City 1-0, with U-18 call-up Jessica Shaffelburg scoring the goal and Emma Connell recording the shutout.
The U-14A girls were fourth in their division with a 3-3 record. The team had not yet played a regular season game in July; their last league game was June 28.
The other four Valley United teams weren’t faring as well in their divisions. The U-16 boys were sixth (out of eight teams) with a 2-3 record, although they were only five points out of first place. The U-16 boys had also not played a league game in July; their last action was June 29.
The U-18 girls were sixth and last in their division with a 1-7 record. However, in their most recent game July 9, the U-18 girls dropped a close 2-1 decision to the U-16 provincial team. Shaffelburg had the lone goal for Valley, and Dolan had one of the goals for the U-16 team.
The U-14 B boys were seventh and last in their division with a 2-8 record. In their most recent game July 13, the boys lost 6-1 to XFC, with Jesse Fuller scoring the Valley goal.
The U-14A boys were sixth and last in their division with five losses and three draws in eight games. The boys dropped a 9-1 decision to Halifax City July 12, with Owen Kidston scoring the lone Valley goal.