The Cape Breton Highlands Huskies brought home silver medals from the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 3 girls soccer provincials on the weekend. Members of the team include, from left: (front) graduating players Leah Burns, Lydia Fraser, Hannah MacIntosh, Olivia Hart, Sarah Ross; (back) Sophia Menezes, Kalyn
IngrahamPhillips, Rebecca Hunt, Kaycee Timmons, Kaye Hart, Emily Ross, Catherine Chiasson, Jill Pannen, Bente Jacobs, Macayla Jenkins, Abby Morrison, Marian Gutierrez, Kali Chiasson, Courtney Aucoin, Summer Deveau, Ava Ross, coach Aurel LeLièvre.
-by Bill Dunphy
Winning a provincial title in a Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation sport is never easy. Winning back-to-back is even harder.
The Cape Breton Highlands Huskies, last year’s champions in Division 3 girls soccer, found that out on Saturday when Annapolis West scored the only goal of the championship game in Oxford.
“We had a few good opportunities to score, but could not find the right shot at the correct moment,” said Huskies coach Aurel LeLièvre.
The Huskies and AWEC played a scoreless first half, but in the 78th minute Annapolis capitalized on a defensive error to score a goal that CBHA keeper Hannah MacIntosh had no chance on.
“We pressed hard and Hannah was in their (18-yard) box for two successive corner kicks, which was exciting for all, but we couldn’t break through. They were the better team on the day,” said LeLièvre.
The Huskies got to the final with a 1-0 win over East Antigonish in Friday’s semifinal action.
Fighting high winds and torrential sideways rain (which must have made the Huskies feel at home), Olivia Hart scored in another 78th minute goal to put the Huskies on top.
It was the third silver medal for the school in the 20 years that LeLièvre has been coaching girls soccer at Cape Breton Highlands Academy. More impressively is the fact that LeLièvre’s teams have won six provincial titles in that time and have won bronze medals three times. He also coached the boys’ team to a silver medal in the first year of the school opening.
“I want to give a huge thank you to the parents and guardians for their support of the team, not only this past weekend but throughout the season,” said LeLièvre. “Without them we couldn’t do what we do.”
“And to the players, thanks again for a great season. You represented yourselves and your school tremendously well – you should be proud. They were fantastic and I am very proud of this team.”
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