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Central, Northeast Kings teams shooting for provincial soccer banners this weekend

Central Kings Gator Victoria Enserink and Northumberland Regional High School Lady Nighthawk Gaby Beland battle for possession during the semifinal of the NSSAF D2 girls' provincials Oct. 31. CK won the game 2-1 with a last-minute  goal.
Central Kings Gator Victoria Enserink and Northumberland Regional High School Lady Nighthawk Gaby Beland battle for possession during the semifinal of the NSSAF D2 girls' provincials Oct. 31. CK won the game 2-1 with a last-minute  goal.

KINGS COUNTY - Valley students will be fighting for high school soccer titles this weekend.

This year's Division 2 soccer provincials will have a Kings County flavor, with three local teams vying for banners.

The Western Region champion Northeast Kings Education Centre boys will be at the D-2 boys’ provincials hosted by Millwood in Sackville. The Titans captured the regional championship Oct. 18 with a 3-1 win over Yarmouth, after blanking Central Kings 2-0 in the semifinals, then blanked Sydney Academy 3-0 in a provincial qualifier Oct. 25.

NKEC was scheduled to play Northumberland Regional High in semifinal action Halloween day at noon, in search of a treat rather than a trick.

Millwood and Breton Education Centre meet in the other semifinal at 2:30 p.m. The bronze medal game is Nov. 1 at 10 a.m.; the semifinal winners will meet to contest the regional banner at 2 p.m.

On the girls’ side, Central Kings and NKEC are vying for the D-2 girls’ provincial banner at Northumberland Regional High in Pictou County. CK defeated host Northumberland in the noon game Oct. 31 by a score of 2-1 with a goal in the final minutes of play. They will be headed for the championship game Nov. 1 at noon.  NKEC is scheduled to play Millwood at 2:30 p.m. to decide whether they play for the banner or in the 10 a.m. bronze medal game.

 

Road to the finals

Central Kings, provincial D-2 girls’ champions four of the past five years, enters this year’s provincials as Western Region champions. The Gators captured the regional banner Oct. 18 with a 2-1 win over Yarmouth that took overtime to decide.

Coach Joanne Fairfax said, Kennedy Curry had the game-winner “seven or eight minutes” into overtime, heading in a corner kick by Serena Dolan. Cassidy Coombs had the CK goal in regulation time.

CK then defeated Amherst 5-0 in a provincial qualifier Oct. 25 in Cambridge. Courtney Foster had two goals, and Jackie Stevens, Dakota Bundy and Laura Currie one goal each. Megan Russell recorded the shutout.

As for NKEC, head coach Dale Sanford said Oct. 29 this would be the fourteenth appearance at provincials in 15 years for the NKEC girls’ program.

The road to provincials for NKEC this year was a bit more complicated. At regionals, the Titans lost their first game to Yarmouth, but then defeated West Kings for third place and the right to move on to a qualifier.

NKEC played Hants East Oct. 24 in Milford and won 1-0 in overtime. Katie Russell netted the game-winner off a corner kick from Laura Parsons.

Claire Belliveau, who Sanford described as NKEC’s “third-string keeper” – the first two both suffered season-ending injuries – earned the shutout.

The Titans moved on to Glace Bay the following day and punched their ticket to provincials with a 2-1 win on goals by Maddie Laurence and Karlee Martin.

Sanford said he was especially proud of his team for making it through to provincials despite “dealing with a lot of adversity” this season, including injuries to several key players.

With files from Amanda Jess, TC Media

This year's Division 2 soccer provincials will have a Kings County flavor, with three local teams vying for banners.

The Western Region champion Northeast Kings Education Centre boys will be at the D-2 boys’ provincials hosted by Millwood in Sackville. The Titans captured the regional championship Oct. 18 with a 3-1 win over Yarmouth, after blanking Central Kings 2-0 in the semifinals, then blanked Sydney Academy 3-0 in a provincial qualifier Oct. 25.

NKEC was scheduled to play Northumberland Regional High in semifinal action Halloween day at noon, in search of a treat rather than a trick.

Millwood and Breton Education Centre meet in the other semifinal at 2:30 p.m. The bronze medal game is Nov. 1 at 10 a.m.; the semifinal winners will meet to contest the regional banner at 2 p.m.

On the girls’ side, Central Kings and NKEC are vying for the D-2 girls’ provincial banner at Northumberland Regional High in Pictou County. CK defeated host Northumberland in the noon game Oct. 31 by a score of 2-1 with a goal in the final minutes of play. They will be headed for the championship game Nov. 1 at noon.  NKEC is scheduled to play Millwood at 2:30 p.m. to decide whether they play for the banner or in the 10 a.m. bronze medal game.

 

Road to the finals

Central Kings, provincial D-2 girls’ champions four of the past five years, enters this year’s provincials as Western Region champions. The Gators captured the regional banner Oct. 18 with a 2-1 win over Yarmouth that took overtime to decide.

Coach Joanne Fairfax said, Kennedy Curry had the game-winner “seven or eight minutes” into overtime, heading in a corner kick by Serena Dolan. Cassidy Coombs had the CK goal in regulation time.

CK then defeated Amherst 5-0 in a provincial qualifier Oct. 25 in Cambridge. Courtney Foster had two goals, and Jackie Stevens, Dakota Bundy and Laura Currie one goal each. Megan Russell recorded the shutout.

As for NKEC, head coach Dale Sanford said Oct. 29 this would be the fourteenth appearance at provincials in 15 years for the NKEC girls’ program.

The road to provincials for NKEC this year was a bit more complicated. At regionals, the Titans lost their first game to Yarmouth, but then defeated West Kings for third place and the right to move on to a qualifier.

NKEC played Hants East Oct. 24 in Milford and won 1-0 in overtime. Katie Russell netted the game-winner off a corner kick from Laura Parsons.

Claire Belliveau, who Sanford described as NKEC’s “third-string keeper” – the first two both suffered season-ending injuries – earned the shutout.

The Titans moved on to Glace Bay the following day and punched their ticket to provincials with a 2-1 win on goals by Maddie Laurence and Karlee Martin.

Sanford said he was especially proud of his team for making it through to provincials despite “dealing with a lot of adversity” this season, including injuries to several key players.

With files from Amanda Jess, TC Media

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