Pitch per­fect for soc­cer squad

New­found­land and Labrador U16 boys claim At­lantic soc­cer gold

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New­found­land and Labrador’s boys un­der-16 team made it a per­fect week in Hal­i­fax, de­feat­ing Prince Ed­ward Is­land 3-2 on penalty kicks in Sun­day’s gold-medal fi­nal of their At­lantic soc­cer cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment.

The N.L. U16s were 4-0 in the tour­ney, one of eight re­gional age-group soc­cer cham­pi­onships that con­cluded Sun­day.

Owen Sheppard — with his third goal of the tour­na­ment — and Josh Power scored for New­found­land in a fi­nal that saw the teams tied 2-2 head­ing into the shootout, where N.L. pre­vailed 5-3.

Mem­bers of the cham­pi­onship team in­clude Sheppard, Power, Aaron Budgell, An­drew Gamba, Ayo Owolabi, Ben Chislett, Ben Moret-Ride­out, Cab­han O’Keefe, Colin Con­nors, Dy­lan Hart­son, Eric Ardis, Hashem Khal­ifa, Jef­frey King, Josh Reimer, Keaton Barry, Kyle Ryan, Liam Lun­dri­gan, Nathan Brake, Ri­ley Kel­loway and Wil­liam Gam­perl.

The team’s head coach is Ryan Caines, with as­sis­tant coach Bill Lun­dri­gan and man­ager Lino O’Keefe.

It was the best fin­ish for a New­found­land team on Sun­day.

Three other sides from the prov­ince earned sil­ver medals in their com­pe­ti­tions.

At Por­tu­gal Cove-St. Ph­liip’s, the host N.L. side lost 1-0 to Nova Sco­tia in the gold-medal game of the girls U14 event. In the At­lantic girls U13 cham­pi­onship, be­ing held con­cur­rently at the Rain­bow Gully pitch in Por­tu­gal Cove-St. Philip’s, New­found­land fin­ished third, end­ing its sched­ule with a 2-0 win over P.E.I.

Other N.L. teams with run­ner-up fin­ishes were the boys’ U14 team, which dropped a 2-0 de­ci­sion to New Brunswick in a fi­nal played at Char­lot­te­town, P.E.I., and the prov­ince’s girls U16 en­try, which was blanked 2-0 by Nova Sco­tia in their cham­pi­onship game at Monc­ton, N.B.

The boys U13 team from New­found­land beat host P.E.I. on penalty kicks to fin­ish third at their event in Char­lot­te­town, while the N.L. boys U15 side (in Hal­i­fax) and girls U15 en­try (in Monc­ton) were both fourth.


New­found­land and Labrador play­ers and coaches pose with the cham­pi­onship ban­ner and their gold medals af­ter win­ning the fi­nal of the At­lantic boys U16 soc­cer tour­na­ment in Hal­i­fax on Sun­day. The team beat P.E.I. 3-2 in a gold-medal con­test de­cided by penalty kicks. The re­sult meant they fin­ished the event with four vic­to­ries in as many games.

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