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Digby Regional's senior boys soccer team halted at provincial quarter-finals


DIGBY - The season washed away on Saturday for Digby Regional High School’s senior boys soccer team.

Playing in Bridgewater through a sometimes torrential downpour, the DRHS Mariners lost 4-0 to New Germany in in quarter finals that could have advanced them to the provincial championship this week in Halifax.

The game Saturday was played in Bridgewater field because host New Germany’s field was under water.

“They played a great game in pouring rain,” said coach Oliver Janson. “The score didn’t reflect the game.”

Digby almost scored in the first 30 seconds, which could have changed the nature of the game, but then New Germany scored in the next few minutes. The score remained at 1-0 until the 85th minute when New Germany scored again and took the steam out of the Mariners’ effort.

It had been a close, back-and-forth game, hindered by all the water on the field that saw ball and sometimes the players skidding through puddles, Janson said.

Digby had played New Germany the week before in regional playoffs and lost 5-4 on a penalty kick in overtime, so the stage was set for another close match, especially after the Mariners defeated the Dartmouth school École du Carrefour 3-1 on Friday before to advance to the quarter-final game against NG.

The four teams advancing to the provincial championship Saturday in Halifax are defending champs Bridgetown, New Germany, South Colchester, and the host school, École du Sommet, which gets an automatic bye.

Janson was pleased with his team’s achievements this year. The Mariners were undefeated in the regular season, and won the first game at regional playoffs, 4-1 over Shelburne, before losing the next two games in overtime—the first to New Germany, and then 3-2 to Forest Heights.

Playing in Bridgewater through a sometimes torrential downpour, the DRHS Mariners lost 4-0 to New Germany in in quarter finals that could have advanced them to the provincial championship this week in Halifax.

The game Saturday was played in Bridgewater field because host New Germany’s field was under water.

“They played a great game in pouring rain,” said coach Oliver Janson. “The score didn’t reflect the game.”

Digby almost scored in the first 30 seconds, which could have changed the nature of the game, but then New Germany scored in the next few minutes. The score remained at 1-0 until the 85th minute when New Germany scored again and took the steam out of the Mariners’ effort.

It had been a close, back-and-forth game, hindered by all the water on the field that saw ball and sometimes the players skidding through puddles, Janson said.

Digby had played New Germany the week before in regional playoffs and lost 5-4 on a penalty kick in overtime, so the stage was set for another close match, especially after the Mariners defeated the Dartmouth school École du Carrefour 3-1 on Friday before to advance to the quarter-final game against NG.

The four teams advancing to the provincial championship Saturday in Halifax are defending champs Bridgetown, New Germany, South Colchester, and the host school, École du Sommet, which gets an automatic bye.

Janson was pleased with his team’s achievements this year. The Mariners were undefeated in the regular season, and won the first game at regional playoffs, 4-1 over Shelburne, before losing the next two games in overtime—the first to New Germany, and then 3-2 to Forest Heights.

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