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West Hants U16 boys win gold in soccer tournament, sights set on league championship

Jonny Parker (left), team captain of the U16 West Hants Lahey team during the gold medal game in Sackville.
Jonny Parker (left), team captain of the U16 West Hants Lahey team during the gold medal game in Sackville.

WEST HANTS – The West Hants Lahey U16 boys took home gold medals Aug. 9 after defeating the Sackville United Soccer Association 4-3 at Sackville Heights Elementary School.

Coach Matthew Lahey said the exciting game at the Bruce Wagner Soccer Tournament was a big moment for the team.

“That tournament was a really big win for us because we were playing some of the best city teams, the best Cape Breton teams, and now we’re the best in the Valley,” he said. “So it was a good test to see how’d we do if we did make it to provincials.”

The WHL came flying out of the gate with two quick goals in the first half, but during the second half, SUSA scored three goals.

WHL players managed to score another point to tie it up and then one final score before going into overtime.

“I think it meant everything to them because I know how hard they’ve been working and they know how much I want to see them succeed,” Lahey said.

Next up for the team is the U16 Valley championships where the top six teams in the valley will play off, with the top two going to Tier 2 provincials.

“If we win our next game, we go straight to provincials,” Lahey said.

Athletes on WHL come from Windsor, Falmouth, Three Mile Planes, Brooklyn and other parts of the West Hants.

“I started coaching this team in first year Under-14 and so we’ve been working together with the same group of kids for four years now,” Lahey said. “When I first started working with them and I made a promise we’d make it to provincials before I stopped coaching them.”

Coach Matthew Lahey said the exciting game at the Bruce Wagner Soccer Tournament was a big moment for the team.

“That tournament was a really big win for us because we were playing some of the best city teams, the best Cape Breton teams, and now we’re the best in the Valley,” he said. “So it was a good test to see how’d we do if we did make it to provincials.”

The WHL came flying out of the gate with two quick goals in the first half, but during the second half, SUSA scored three goals.

WHL players managed to score another point to tie it up and then one final score before going into overtime.

“I think it meant everything to them because I know how hard they’ve been working and they know how much I want to see them succeed,” Lahey said.

Next up for the team is the U16 Valley championships where the top six teams in the valley will play off, with the top two going to Tier 2 provincials.

“If we win our next game, we go straight to provincials,” Lahey said.

Athletes on WHL come from Windsor, Falmouth, Three Mile Planes, Brooklyn and other parts of the West Hants.

“I started coaching this team in first year Under-14 and so we’ve been working together with the same group of kids for four years now,” Lahey said. “When I first started working with them and I made a promise we’d make it to provincials before I stopped coaching them.”

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