Andrew Snyder, left, of Valley Kings Arms, shown in action against Dartmouth earlier this season, is the Nova Scotia Soccer League Men’s Premiership division’s Young Player of the Year as well as an all-star defender. Snyder, a Bridgewater native, enters his third year at Acadia this fall.
The Valley Kings Arms senior men’s soccer team settled for the runner-up position at the Nova Scotia Soccer League’s Men’s Premiership Division provincials.
Kings Arms dropped a 2-1 decision to Dartmouth United Golden Goal on Aug. 19 in Halifax in a final match that took penalty kicks to decide.
Benjamin Gravel opened the scoring for Valley, but Ian Greedy tied the score for Dartmouth before the end of regulation time. Dartmouth then outscored Valley 4-3 in the shootout.
Kings Arms, the second-place team in the NSSL regular season with a 9-2-3 record for 30 points, actually got to play three playoff games in four days.
In the 1 vs. 2 quarterfinal Aug. 16 in Halifax, Dartmouth took a 3-1 decision, with Corey Cadeau scoring the lone Valley goal in the first half.
Dartmouth advanced directly to the final with the win, while Kings Arms moved on to play Western Halifax, which had edged Halifax City 2-1 in the 3 vs. 4 quarterfinal.
In that semifinal match, played Aug. 17, Cochrane Noseworthy-Smith had two goals and Calum MacRae one, and Andrew MacRae had the shutout in a 3-0 Valley win.
Valley senior women fall in quarterfinals
The Valley senior women were not as fortunate in their playoff run. The Valley women, third in the regular season with a 6-5-5 record for 23 points, met Halifax City in the 3 vs. 4 quarterfinal and dropped a 1-0 decision, ending their season.
The NSSL Men’s and Women’s Premiership 2014 major awards and all-star selections were announced Friday, Aug 15.
On the men’s side, Acadia student Andrew Snyder of Valley Kings Arms was chosen both Young Player of the Year and an all-star defender. Kings Arms head coach Findlay MacRae was named Men’s Premiership Coach of the Year.
On the women’s side, Valley’s Emma Connell was named the Women’s Premiership all-star keeper, and Alana Fairfax and Emily Nickerson were both all-star defenders.