Un­de­feated cham­pi­ons

Light­ning strikes twice

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CBN Light­ning un­der 14 boys team cap­tured their sec­ond straight pro­vin­cial soc­cer ti­tle Sun­day Aug. 15.

The team com­peted in the tour­na­ment held at Small­wood Field in Mount Pearl.

Coach Robert Tar­rant said his team went un­de­feated in the tour­na­ment scor­ing “an in­cred­i­ble 36 goals in five games and only al­low­ing 7.”

Coach Tar­rant said he was “ was very im­pressed with his team’s per­for­mance es­pe­cially with the loss of their start­ing goal­keeper only two days be­fore the open­ing of the tour­na­ment. We had so much depth on our team this year that we could take one of our top strik­ers off the field and put him in the net and still be a dom­i­nant team.”

Al­though re­place­ment goalie Bran­don Mo­ri­ar­ity had very lit­tle game ex­pe­ri­ence, he played ex­tremely well through­out the tour­na­ment earn­ing him the MVP (most valu­able player) award.

Tar­rant felt his team played well as a unit and had strong de­fend­ers, mid­field­ers and strik­ers. It didn’t hurt to have two play­ers, Wil­liam Hayes and Alyssa Laing who have played on pro­vin­cial teams and an­other three who are quite ca­pa­ble of play­ing on pro­vin­cial teams this year, the coach noted.

Win­ning this ti­tle was a fit­ting end to a flaw­less sea­son for this team who did not lose a sin­gle game in three tour­na­ments this sum­mer.

Next year ten of these play­ers move up to the un­der 16 where they will chal­lenge teams for a ti­tle in that new age group. The re­main­ing seven play­ers will form the core of the team that will try to make it three in a row next sea­son.

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