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Outdoor Tier 1 soccer season underway in Kings County

Young Valley soccer players practice on the Kentville fields May 14. According to Valley District Soccer executive director Dwight MacLeod, the grass on the field was mowed for the first time earlier that day. The NSSL Tier 1 outdoor season got underway May 9, with the Valley Tier 2 schedule set to begin the first week of June. 
Young Valley soccer players practice on the Kentville fields May 14. According to Valley District Soccer executive director Dwight MacLeod, the grass on the field was mowed for the first time earlier that day. The NSSL Tier 1 outdoor season got underway May 9, with the Valley Tier 2 schedule set to begin the first week of June. 

KINGS COUNTY - The 2015 Nova Scotia Soccer League Tier 1 outdoor season got underway on the May 9 weekend, with five of the seven Valley United teams seeing action.

Valley United is fielding U-14 A and B girls, U-14 B boys, U-16 boys and girls, senior men’s and senior women’s teams this season.

Valley is fielding just one U-14 boys’ team, playing in the developmental rather than the A division, and has no teams, of either gender, in the U-18 division due to a shortage of Tier 1 players in that age group.

The Valley U-14 A girls played their season opener May 9 in Wolfville, dropping a 5-0 decision to Dunbrack. The U-14B girls lost their season opener 3-1 to Halifax City May 10 in Halifax, with Taryn Sheffield scoring the Valley goal.

The U-14B boys opened their season with a 4-1 win over Halifax County May 10 in Halifax. Calum Anthony had two goals for Valley United, with Tyler deGraaf and Samuel Cadrain scoring single goals.

The U-16 girls dropped their season opener 4-0 to Dunbrack May 9 in Wolfville.

As of May 14, the U-16 boys were the only Valley team to have played twice. In their season opener May 9 in Wolfville, the U-16 boys topped Dunbrack 5-2.

Coleman Hooper led the way with a pair of goals, with Clay Pelton-Kelly, Connor Keith and Jacob Shaffelburg adding single markers.

Then, on May 13, the U-16 boys ended up on the short end of a 6-1 decision against Halifax City in Halifax. Shaffelburg had the lone Valley goal.

The Valley premier women and the Valley Kings Arms premier men were both scheduled to play their season openers against Dunbrack May 16 in Wolfville.

Valley District Soccer executive director Dwight MacLeod is still working on schedules for the Tier 2 season, which gets underway the first week of June.

The late spring hasn’t had any impact on the outdoor soccer season for Tier 2 players, MacLeod said.

“Our Tier 2 games generally start the first week in June, so we’ll be able to begin pretty much on schedule. The fields have really dried up well considering the amount of snow and ice we had up until about three weeks ago,” he said.

MacLeod said the snow had “melted very gradually – just the way we wanted. There was a fear there for a while we wouldn’t be able to start on time, but I think we’ll be OK. They cut the Kentville field (May 14), and they’re practicing on it tonight.”

Similarly, the Tier 1 outdoor season was able to begin on schedule.

“The only issue we had was that we couldn’t hold our tryouts on Raymond Field as we had planned due to the snow, so we held them indoors instead. It’s all good now,” he said.

MacLeod said he was looking forward to the Valley Kickoff tournament, the first major event of the Valley soccer season, which is scheduled for June 19-21.

Valley United is fielding U-14 A and B girls, U-14 B boys, U-16 boys and girls, senior men’s and senior women’s teams this season.

Valley is fielding just one U-14 boys’ team, playing in the developmental rather than the A division, and has no teams, of either gender, in the U-18 division due to a shortage of Tier 1 players in that age group.

The Valley U-14 A girls played their season opener May 9 in Wolfville, dropping a 5-0 decision to Dunbrack. The U-14B girls lost their season opener 3-1 to Halifax City May 10 in Halifax, with Taryn Sheffield scoring the Valley goal.

The U-14B boys opened their season with a 4-1 win over Halifax County May 10 in Halifax. Calum Anthony had two goals for Valley United, with Tyler deGraaf and Samuel Cadrain scoring single goals.

The U-16 girls dropped their season opener 4-0 to Dunbrack May 9 in Wolfville.

As of May 14, the U-16 boys were the only Valley team to have played twice. In their season opener May 9 in Wolfville, the U-16 boys topped Dunbrack 5-2.

Coleman Hooper led the way with a pair of goals, with Clay Pelton-Kelly, Connor Keith and Jacob Shaffelburg adding single markers.

Then, on May 13, the U-16 boys ended up on the short end of a 6-1 decision against Halifax City in Halifax. Shaffelburg had the lone Valley goal.

The Valley premier women and the Valley Kings Arms premier men were both scheduled to play their season openers against Dunbrack May 16 in Wolfville.

Valley District Soccer executive director Dwight MacLeod is still working on schedules for the Tier 2 season, which gets underway the first week of June.

The late spring hasn’t had any impact on the outdoor soccer season for Tier 2 players, MacLeod said.

“Our Tier 2 games generally start the first week in June, so we’ll be able to begin pretty much on schedule. The fields have really dried up well considering the amount of snow and ice we had up until about three weeks ago,” he said.

MacLeod said the snow had “melted very gradually – just the way we wanted. There was a fear there for a while we wouldn’t be able to start on time, but I think we’ll be OK. They cut the Kentville field (May 14), and they’re practicing on it tonight.”

Similarly, the Tier 1 outdoor season was able to begin on schedule.

“The only issue we had was that we couldn’t hold our tryouts on Raymond Field as we had planned due to the snow, so we held them indoors instead. It’s all good now,” he said.

MacLeod said he was looking forward to the Valley Kickoff tournament, the first major event of the Valley soccer season, which is scheduled for June 19-21.

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