By John DeCoste
Valley United U-14A boys’ soccer team moved up a spot to second in the Nova Scotia Soccer League Tier 1 standings, winning all three of its games between July 10 and 14 to improve to 9-1 on the season.
The U-14A boys blanked South Shore 3-0 July 10 in Wolfville, edged Halifax County 1-0 July 13 in New Minas, then swamped XFC 10-1 July 14, also in New Minas. The three games represented the first league action for the team in the month of July.
In the July 10 game, Jacob Shaffelburg had two goals and Coleman Hooper one. Darian Wade and Jaden Christopher shared the shutout.
July 13, Owen Kidston had the game’s only goal and Wade recorded the shutout.
The following day, Hooper had four goals, Shaffelburg two and Liam Hogan, Bronson Ward, Connor Keith and Jordon Church one goal each as Valley filled the net.
The Valley U-18 girls, meanwhile, improved to 4-7-1 on the season, good for fourth in their division, with a pair of wins.
Valley won by forfeit over Halifax City July 13 and then, July 14, topped South Shore 4-1, with Beth Lawrence scoring twice and Emily Nickerson and Gillianne Gates one goal each.
The Valley Kings Arms senior men’s team improved to 5-3-3 on the season, good for sixth in a tough division, after playing to a scoreless draw with Halifax City July 10 in Wolfville. Andrew MacRae was in goal for the shutout, his fifth of the season.
Other Valley teams were not as fortunate in their weekend games. The U-16 girls dropped to 2-3-2, fifth in their division, following a 1-0 loss to Dunbrack July 10 in Halifax.
The Valley senior women were also fifth in their division with a 4-6-2 record after a 2-1 loss to Suburban July 14 in Upper Sackville. Chantal Landry had the Valley goal.
The U-14B boys remained winless on the season at 0-7-2 following a 5-1 loss to Suburban July 13 in Upper Sackville. Mackenzie Beattie had the Valley goal.
Neither the U-14A girls or U-16 boys played on the July 13-14 weekend. As of July 16,the U-14A girls, who sat ninth and last in their division at 0-5-1, had not played in the month of July. The girls were scheduled to play next July 20 in New Minas.
The U-16 boys, seventh in their division at 1-5-3 as of July 16, last played July 3 when they played to a 1-1 draw with Dunbrack. Pascal Doucette had the Valley goal.
The U-16 boys are not scheduled to play next until July 28 in Antigonish.