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Valley United U-11 girls win gold

The Valley United U-11 girls’ soccer team is shown following their win at the 2014 Champions Challenge. From left, in front, are Macy Chaisson, Milena Ramirez, Sophie Messom; middle, left to right, Issabella Akao, Mackenna Laceby, Alex MacDonald, Julia Bennett, Sydney Cummins and Aidan MacLeod. In back are coach Fisher Akao, Kara Hartt-Wellwood, Victoria Barkhouse, Emily Rutt, Megan Woodworth, Jenica Saunders, coach Dara Ramirez. 
The Valley United U-11 girls’ soccer team is shown following their win at the 2014 Champions Challenge. From left, in front, are Macy Chaisson, Milena Ramirez, Sophie Messom; middle, left to right, Issabella Akao, Mackenna Laceby, Alex MacDonald, Julia Bennett, Sydney Cummins and Aidan MacLeod. In back are coach Fisher Akao, Kara Hartt-Wellwood, Victoria Barkhouse, Emily Rutt, Megan Woodworth, Jenica Saunders, coach Dara Ramirez. 

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It was a gold medal season for the Valley United U-11 girls’ soccer team.

The team, made up of players from Hantsport to Bridgetown, competed in the Halifax-based Capital Inter-District Soccer League (CISL). Coach Dara Ramirez explained that unlike other Valley United Tier 1 teams that compete in the Nova Scotia Soccer League, there is no provincial league for select U-11 teams. The CISL is comprised of U-12 B teams from HRM as well as select U-11 teams.

Valley United played 15 league games this season and won all 15, scoring 82 goals and allowing just three.

At the U-12A Eastern Eagles tournament on PEI, “we wanted to challenge our players and entered them in U-12A, playing up a level,” Ramirez said, and it paid off. Valley United beat all four PEI teams to advance to the final.

Among their competition was the Valley United U-12A team, which scored a close 1-0 win. The Valley U-12A’s took gold, while the Valley U-11A’s won silver.

In the Challenge Cup, the league championship for the U-11A age group, Valley United defeated Dartmouth United in a shootout in the semifinals, then blanked Halifax County United 3-0 in the championship game.

Ramirez explained there are no provincials at the U-11 select level.

She described her team as “a keen group of talented soccer players, many of whom have been playing competitive soccer since they were eight years old.”

Many of the players, she added, “are playing soccer all year round, and are benefitting from that continuity of training and competition. They always bring great intensity to training and enthusiasm to learn, and challenge themselves to be the best they can be.”

As for the future, Ramirez said, “this is a group of players to watch in the years to come. They had an incredible season, in terms of results but more importantly in terms of their growth and development as soccer players.”

While this group can look forward to a bright future, she added, “I’m certain the 2014 season will be tucked away as a wonderful memory for these players.”

It was a gold medal season for the Valley United U-11 girls’ soccer team.

The team, made up of players from Hantsport to Bridgetown, competed in the Halifax-based Capital Inter-District Soccer League (CISL). Coach Dara Ramirez explained that unlike other Valley United Tier 1 teams that compete in the Nova Scotia Soccer League, there is no provincial league for select U-11 teams. The CISL is comprised of U-12 B teams from HRM as well as select U-11 teams.

Valley United played 15 league games this season and won all 15, scoring 82 goals and allowing just three.

At the U-12A Eastern Eagles tournament on PEI, “we wanted to challenge our players and entered them in U-12A, playing up a level,” Ramirez said, and it paid off. Valley United beat all four PEI teams to advance to the final.

Among their competition was the Valley United U-12A team, which scored a close 1-0 win. The Valley U-12A’s took gold, while the Valley U-11A’s won silver.

In the Challenge Cup, the league championship for the U-11A age group, Valley United defeated Dartmouth United in a shootout in the semifinals, then blanked Halifax County United 3-0 in the championship game.

Ramirez explained there are no provincials at the U-11 select level.

She described her team as “a keen group of talented soccer players, many of whom have been playing competitive soccer since they were eight years old.”

Many of the players, she added, “are playing soccer all year round, and are benefitting from that continuity of training and competition. They always bring great intensity to training and enthusiasm to learn, and challenge themselves to be the best they can be.”

As for the future, Ramirez said, “this is a group of players to watch in the years to come. They had an incredible season, in terms of results but more importantly in terms of their growth and development as soccer players.”

While this group can look forward to a bright future, she added, “I’m certain the 2014 season will be tucked away as a wonderful memory for these players.”

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