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Valley U-12A girls win soccer championship

A happy group of Valley U-12A girls celebrates after winning the Metro Indoor Soccer League championship March 8 in Halifax. From left, in front, are Sophie Messom, Grace Phillips, Anna Flecknell, Macy Chiasson and (laying down in front) keeper Milena Ramirez. In back are coach Dara Ramirez, Lauren Hainstock, Victoria Barkhouse, Emily Rutt, Mackenzie Laceby, Megan Woodworth, Jenica Saunders, Isabella Akoa, Julia Bennett and coach Fisher Akoa. Missing from the photo were Annika Whynot and Alexa Derrick. 
A happy group of Valley U-12A girls celebrates after winning the Metro Indoor Soccer League championship March 8 in Halifax. From left, in front, are Sophie Messom, Grace Phillips, Anna Flecknell, Macy Chiasson and (laying down in front) keeper Milena Ramirez. In back are coach Dara Ramirez, Lauren Hainstock, Victoria Barkhouse, Emily Rutt, Mackenzie Laceby, Megan Woodworth, Jenica Saunders, Isabella Akoa, Julia Bennett and coach Fisher Akoa. Missing from the photo were Annika Whynot and Alexa Derrick. 

HALIFAX - The Valley United U-12A girls’ soccer team captured the Metro Indoor Soccer Championship in Halifax March 8.

According to Valley United coach Dara Ramirez, the division was made up of nine teams. Valley was the only team from outside the Metro area is made up of a select group of U-12 players from the Valley Regional Training Centre program.

Over a 16-game season that started in October, Valley United placed third overall with an 11-4-1 record. Bedford was second at 11-2-3, while Halifax City was first with an undefeated season, scoring 65 goals in 16 games.

The playoff format saw the second and third-place teams meeting in semifinal action, with the winner facing the first-place team for the championship.

Valley took on Bedford in the semifinal March 7. The Bedford squad took an early 2-0 lead, but Valley battled back to tie the score before halftime on goals by Jenica Saunders and Anna Flecknell. A goal by Macy Chiasson late in the second half gave Valley a 3-2 victory and the chance to compete for the U-12A league championship.

In the final, Valley opened the scoring in the first half, with Chiasson scoring the goal.

According to Coach Ramirez, her players battled through a tough physical game and held City scoreless until the final minute of regulation, when they tied the score.

The game then went to penalty kicks, where Jenica Saunders, Julia Bennett, Megan Woodworth and Isabella Akoa all made their kicks for Valley.

Milena Ramirez, the Valley keeper in both playoff games, stopped the third City shooter and the fourth shooter missed, giving Valley the 2-1 victory and the MISL league championship.

“The Valley United team played against all of the top teams in Metro throughout the season,” Ramirez said.

Winning the league championship, she said, was “a tremendous accomplishment. There are several very good teams in this league, so for us to play in the post-season and be victorious over two very solid programs speaks very well for the future of this group of players.”

 

According to Valley United coach Dara Ramirez, the division was made up of nine teams. Valley was the only team from outside the Metro area is made up of a select group of U-12 players from the Valley Regional Training Centre program.

Over a 16-game season that started in October, Valley United placed third overall with an 11-4-1 record. Bedford was second at 11-2-3, while Halifax City was first with an undefeated season, scoring 65 goals in 16 games.

The playoff format saw the second and third-place teams meeting in semifinal action, with the winner facing the first-place team for the championship.

Valley took on Bedford in the semifinal March 7. The Bedford squad took an early 2-0 lead, but Valley battled back to tie the score before halftime on goals by Jenica Saunders and Anna Flecknell. A goal by Macy Chiasson late in the second half gave Valley a 3-2 victory and the chance to compete for the U-12A league championship.

In the final, Valley opened the scoring in the first half, with Chiasson scoring the goal.

According to Coach Ramirez, her players battled through a tough physical game and held City scoreless until the final minute of regulation, when they tied the score.

The game then went to penalty kicks, where Jenica Saunders, Julia Bennett, Megan Woodworth and Isabella Akoa all made their kicks for Valley.

Milena Ramirez, the Valley keeper in both playoff games, stopped the third City shooter and the fourth shooter missed, giving Valley the 2-1 victory and the MISL league championship.

“The Valley United team played against all of the top teams in Metro throughout the season,” Ramirez said.

Winning the league championship, she said, was “a tremendous accomplishment. There are several very good teams in this league, so for us to play in the post-season and be victorious over two very solid programs speaks very well for the future of this group of players.”

 

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