Newfoundland soccer teams failed to garner a medal from the eight Canadian soccer championships staged across the country over the Thanksgiving Day weekend.
Here at home, at the national Sony Cup under-18 boys’ and girls’ championships in St. John’s and Mount Pearl, the girls’ team from St. John’s had the best finish, a fifth-place showing at 2-1-1.
In their final playoff game Monday, to determine the five-six team placings, Rebecca Green booted three goals as Newfoundland shaded Nova Scotia 6-5. Jennifer Burry, Meghan Earle and Olivia Manning added a goal each.
The St. John’s boys finished in sixth place with a 2-2 record. They lost their final game 2-1 to Quebec, with Kyle Bonia scoring for Newfoundland.
Western Newfoundland, the host entry, lost 4-2 to the Yukon and finished 12th. Lyle Griffin and Mitchell Rose had a goal each for Western, which failed to pick up a win.
The St. John’s under-14 girls’ squad had the best showing of any Newfoundland team over the weekend, finishing fourth at the nationals in Moncton, N.B.
The St. John’s girls lost 2-0 to Quebec in their playoff game Monday, finishing 2-1-1.
The under-14 boys side stopped Prince Edward Island 3-1 to finish ninth at 1-3. Lucas Fisher scored twice and Tristan Hayward had the other goal.
At the national under-16 championship in Vaughan, Ont., the St. John’s boys’ team placed eighth overall with a 1-4 record. St. John’s dropped a 2-0 decision to Saskatchewan in its final game.
The St. John’s girls stopped Prince Edward Island 6-0 to finish ninth at 2-2 in the under-16s. Anna Styliandes and Alyssa Armstrong had two goals apiece for St. John’s Monday, with singles from Jane Pope and Jessie Noseworthy.
At the national Jubilee Trophy senior women’s championship in Charlottetown, P.E.I., Holy Cross Kirby Group was thumped 7-0 by Quebec in the five-six placing game Monday. Holy Cross finished with a 1-2-1 record.
At the national Challenge Cup men’s championship, also held in Charlottetown, Holy Cross finished 10th of 10 teams with a 0-3-1 record. Jon Hawco had the team’s only goal Monday in a 3-1 loss to Manitoba, which determined the nine-10 spots.
In Halifax, at the Eastern Canadian men’s masters championship, Mount Pearl Rosie O’Grady’s defeated New Brunswick 5-1 to finish fifth in the six-team tournament. Randy Kelland scored two goals for the winners, with singles coming from Seb Bodman, Pat Brake and Andrew Moyst.