Action underway for Girls 3A title
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The hometown Mealy Mountain Hawks and the Clarenville Cougars met for the first match up of the day in the girls 3A provincial soccer championships in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
The hometown Hawks and Menihek Magic were the first teams to claim victory this morning, as they both came out on top over their fellow island players, the Clarenville Cougars.
Today was the first games for all teams in the 2013 Provincial 3A Girls soccer championships.
With chilly temperatures and drizzly skies, the Mealy Mountain Collegiate (MMC) Hawks and the Cougars hit the field first this morning at 9 a.m., with the girls working hard for control of the ball for the entire 90 minutes of play.
Just a couple of minutes into the game, Billie Dawn Sampson scored the first goal for the home team, leading to wild exuberance both on and off the field from players and spectators.
Play went up and down the field with a few breakaways but no goals up until about 15 minutes prior to halftime, when Caleigh Ivany put another goal past the Clarenville keeper to make it 2-0.
There was another close call just before halftime, when an MMC shot hit the goalpost.
Trevor Paine — one of the events co-organizers — predicted at halftime that MMC and their arch rivals from Labrador West will meet in the gold-medal match tomorrow.
“MMC’s big test will be Lab West,” he said, as the girls took to the change rooms for a warm up prior to returning to the field for the second half.
“MMC has one provincial player –Amy Rowsell — and Lab West has two or three. I expect these two teams to be in the final on Saturday.”
The girls hit the field again at 10 a.m. for the second half of play, with some close calls for goals right off the top from MMC.
Not long after, girls were flying in front of the Clarenville net to assist the keeper after an MMC breakaway, and amid the chaos the opportunity for MMC to score was there, but did not pan out.
Clarenville responded in kind minutes later with their own breakaway chance, but MMC’s keeper was at the top of the goal crease, and backed up by her team defence, so the Cougars were not able to get the ball past.
However, MMC’s Caleigh Ivany got another opportunity to score approximately 25 minutes before the end of the match and did indeed, with her second goal of the day. She was quickly followed by Billie Dawn Sampson, who ended up scoring her second goal of the day as well. This put MMC at a 4-0 lead over Clarenville. However, the Cougars did not go down without a fight, and managed to get one goal into their rival’s net for a 4-1 game ender.
The game was immediately followed by the opening ceremonies at the MMC gymnasium.
The Menihek Magic and Clarenville Cougars battled it out in the second game of the day, with the Lab West team kicking their way to a 2-1 victory over their island counterparts.
The third and final game of the day — between the Hawks and the Magic — got underway at 3 p.m. today and is currently ongoing.
On Saturday, the 2nd and 3rd place team will meet at 9:30, with the gold-medal game commencing at 2 p.m.
Results will be posted as soon as they become available.