Mariah Carey of the Valley United U-16 girls’ Tier 1 soccer team battles for the ball with a Halifax Dunbrack opponent during NSSL season opening action May 4 in Wolfville. Valley got its season off to a good start with a 4-0 victory. (John DeCoste)
By John DeCoste
The May 3-5 weekend marked the start of the 2013 Tier 1 outdoor soccer season in the Nova Scotia Soccer League, with five of the eight Valley United teams seeing their first action.
Valley United has teams entered in the U-14 A and B boys, D-14 A girls, U-16 girls and boys, U-18 girls and Premier Men and Women’s divisions this season.
On May 3, the Valley U-16 boys kicked off their season with a 2-0 loss to South Shore on Wolfville’s Raymond Field.
Then, on May 4, the Valley U-16 girls blanked Dunbrack 4-0 in their season opener, also in Wolfville. Serena Dolan had two goals, Kyleigh Ford and Shay Leigh Beaton one each, and Megan Russell earned the shutout.
Also May 4, the U-14 A boys opened their season with a 3-2 victory over Halifax County in Halifax, with Coleman Hooper scoring all three Valley goals.
The U-14 A girls were not as fortunate in their home opener May 4 in Upper Sackville, dropping a 6-0 decision to Suburban.
On May 5, the Valley U-14 B boys opened their season with a 5-2 loss to Halifax City in Halifax. Thomas Hillis and Coleman Hooper had the Valley goals.
The Valley U-18 girls’ season opener is scheduled for May 12 in Dartmouth against Dartmouth FC.
Valley United is not fielding an U-18 boys’ team this season.
The Valley senior women and Valley Kings Arms senior men both open their seasons May 16 at 6:15 p.m. on adjacent fields on the Mainland North Common, with both teams taking on their respective Canada Games teams.
For more on the Nova Scotia Soccer League, including schedules, results, statistics and other news, visit the league website at www.nssoccerleague.ca.