Clare loses championship game to powerful Saints

New Germany captures third consecutive Regional title

Karla Kelly, Digby Courier editor@digbycourier.ca
Published on November 1, 2014
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<p>Renee Cleveland from Clare, left, and Sophie Mansfield of New Germany battle for control of the ball while Lauren Seamone moves in to assist.</p>

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<p>Clare goalie Lisa Comeau follows the action close to the net as both teams scramble for the loose ball.</p>

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<p>Clare’s Kate Muise gets a foot on the ball before Mckenzie Kelly can kick it away.</p>

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<p>Clare goalie Lisa Comeau jumps for the ball but ends up watching it sail to the back of the net.</p>

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<p>Lisa Comeau grins as she makes the save for Clare.</p>

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<p>Emily Porter of the Saints jumps to knock down the ball while teammate Molly Frank gets sandwiched between Porter and Rachel LeBlanc of Clare during the play.</p>

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<p>Renee Blinn fights for the ball against the Saints’ Alyssa Dagley and Elle Silver.</p>

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<p>Clare’s Rachelle LeBlanc and New Germany’s Mckenzie Kelly race after a loose ball.</p>

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<p>New Germany Saints are the Western Region junior soccer champions.</p>

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<p>Clare junior girls’ soccer team claims silver at Regionals.</p>

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METEGHAN - The New Germany junior girls are three-peat regional soccer champions after downing École Secondaire de Clare girls’ 8-0 in the final match at École Stella Maris in Meteghan on Thursday.

Clare girls won the right to host Regionals after winning the district playoffs earlier in October.

Clare took on Maple Grove in the first game of the day, edging the Hebron team 2-1 in overtime.

Renee Cleveland put Clare up 1-0 in the first half. Maple Grove tied the game in the second, forcing the extra frame.

Rachelle LeBlanc netted the winner advancing Clare to the championship final.

The New Germany Saints downed West Hants 4-0 in the second semi-final match.

West Hants took home the bronze medal with a 4-0 win over Maple Grove in the consolation game.

In the championship game, New Germany scored five unanswered goals in the first half, showing their dominance at both ends of the field.

Although Clare had scoring opportunities, the New Germany goalie was quick to scoop up the ball.

The Saints widened the gap in the second half, scoring on two penalty kicks to take a 7-0 lead.

Mckenzie Kelly finished off the game for the Saints with a breakaway goal late in the half.

Kelly had a hat trick in the first half as she led the Saints with four goals in the win.

Rachel Beck, Olivia Eisnor, Emily Porter and Delaney Frank rounded out the scoring with one goal apiece for the Saints.

Olivia Porter was strong between the pipes for New Germany and Lisa Comeau made several good saves for Clare.

Clare coach Alice Cleveland said she knew her girls were up against a strong New Germany team in the final.

“New Germany showed their strength today playing their positions really well,” said Cleveland. “Clare girls played well and had a good season, finishing it with a silver medal.”

Saints coach Pam Demond praised her team in winning a third consecutive Regional title.

“The girls played hard all season, especially today to win the championship,” Demond said. “The two wins today were a result of a solid team, effort both offensively and defensively.”

 Clare junior boys placed fourth at Barrington in their Regional championships.

Clare lost to Barrington 2-1 in a close semi-final match and then fell to Horton 2-0 in the consolation game.