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Silver at provincials: Digby U18 boys narrowly miss gold


HALIFAX – Digby’s U18 boys were inches away from provincial soccer gold.

The Digby boys were trailing 2-1 to New Germany with 30 seconds left in the championship game Sunday Aug. 23 when they thought they had scored the tying goal.

Digby coach Oliver Janson had sent the whole team, including goalie Dawson Acker into the New Germany 18-yard box for the corner.

The New Germany goalie got to the ball first and tipped it to the far side of the 18; a Digby player knocked it back in over the goalie to Acker who headed it in for what looked like the tying goal.

“The place went nuts,” said Janson. “We had way more fans and everyone was celebrating. But they called it back for offside.”

Janson said both teams had had other good chances throughout the game, all stopped by the goalies.

New Germany jumped ahead 1-0 in the first half and then made it 2-0 early in the second.

Digby’s Garrett Gillis was millimetres from making it 2-1 off a free kick from about 20 yards out.

“It was a hard shot that hit the crossbar, the post and then the goalie but somehow stayed out,” said Janson. “It rattled around the goal line but just wouldn’t go in.

“If any of payers had run in on that kick, they could have just tapped it in.”

The Digby players took that lesson to heart and seven minutes later, Anthony Jacques followed a hard shot from outside and was there to knock it in when the goalie fobbled the ball.

Jacques scored all but one of Digby’s goals at provincials.

He scored the lone and deciding goal in Digby’s 1-0 win over Halifax County in the first round robin game. He also scored the tying goal in Digby’s first match up with New Germany in the round robin, which ended 1-1.

And Jacques scored twice on Halifax County in the semi-finals.

Digby’s Jeremy Comeau had the other goal in that 3-2 win.

There were six teams at the tournament but because of results and a crossover before the semis, Digby only played the two teams.

The New Germany squad was made up mostly of the same players who won high school provincials last fall.

“They’re a very good team, a very physical team,” said Janson. “They were bigger than us but we were faster.

“They had four forwards and played them two at a time for ten minutes on, ten minutes off. They were always coming at us.”

Going into provincials, the Digby boys had only lost one match all year, during an invitational tournament. They won every league game this year and continued the undefeated streak through provincials until the gold medal game.

“If you’re going to lose a game, this would be the one,” said Janson. “We won silver. No one’s done that since Harold Alexander’s U18 girls team brought home silver (in 2009).

“I was trying to tell the boys what they accomplished but right now, it’s disappointing. Maybe in a few days time.”

jriley@digbycourier.ca

[Silver medal for Tigers soccer team, Aug. 2009]

 

The Digby boys were trailing 2-1 to New Germany with 30 seconds left in the championship game Sunday Aug. 23 when they thought they had scored the tying goal.

Digby coach Oliver Janson had sent the whole team, including goalie Dawson Acker into the New Germany 18-yard box for the corner.

The New Germany goalie got to the ball first and tipped it to the far side of the 18; a Digby player knocked it back in over the goalie to Acker who headed it in for what looked like the tying goal.

“The place went nuts,” said Janson. “We had way more fans and everyone was celebrating. But they called it back for offside.”

Janson said both teams had had other good chances throughout the game, all stopped by the goalies.

New Germany jumped ahead 1-0 in the first half and then made it 2-0 early in the second.

Digby’s Garrett Gillis was millimetres from making it 2-1 off a free kick from about 20 yards out.

“It was a hard shot that hit the crossbar, the post and then the goalie but somehow stayed out,” said Janson. “It rattled around the goal line but just wouldn’t go in.

“If any of payers had run in on that kick, they could have just tapped it in.”

The Digby players took that lesson to heart and seven minutes later, Anthony Jacques followed a hard shot from outside and was there to knock it in when the goalie fobbled the ball.

Jacques scored all but one of Digby’s goals at provincials.

He scored the lone and deciding goal in Digby’s 1-0 win over Halifax County in the first round robin game. He also scored the tying goal in Digby’s first match up with New Germany in the round robin, which ended 1-1.

And Jacques scored twice on Halifax County in the semi-finals.

Digby’s Jeremy Comeau had the other goal in that 3-2 win.

There were six teams at the tournament but because of results and a crossover before the semis, Digby only played the two teams.

The New Germany squad was made up mostly of the same players who won high school provincials last fall.

“They’re a very good team, a very physical team,” said Janson. “They were bigger than us but we were faster.

“They had four forwards and played them two at a time for ten minutes on, ten minutes off. They were always coming at us.”

Going into provincials, the Digby boys had only lost one match all year, during an invitational tournament. They won every league game this year and continued the undefeated streak through provincials until the gold medal game.

“If you’re going to lose a game, this would be the one,” said Janson. “We won silver. No one’s done that since Harold Alexander’s U18 girls team brought home silver (in 2009).

“I was trying to tell the boys what they accomplished but right now, it’s disappointing. Maybe in a few days time.”

jriley@digbycourier.ca

[Silver medal for Tigers soccer team, Aug. 2009]

 

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