Ascension girls soccer sneaks into provincials
They call themselves the ‘Original Four.’ A group of four Ascension Collegiate seniors — Holly Bartlett, Jenna Pham, Kristen Downey and Chelsee Bradbury — have been an intricate part of the Astros girls’ soccer team since their days in Level I.
Together, they have seen everything high school soccer can throw at them.
They’ve climbed to the top of mountain, capturing the AAA provincial title two years ago as freshmen.
They’ve been upset at the regional level after losing to Carbonear Collegiate last fall in their bid to defend their title.
Now, Bartlett, Pham, Downey and Bradbury are set to represent their school one last time at the provincial level. “We’re a little family,” said Pham. The team almost did not get the opportunity to represent the Avalon region at the provincial tournament, which is being hosted by Indian River High in Springdale.
The Astros dropped a tough 1-0 decision to Laval in the regional tourney.
After immediately submitting its application for the wildcard spot, the school was offered the chance to represent Avalon at provincials.
When head coach Lisa Penney broke the news to her then-downtrodden team, there were tears of joy and squeals of excitement.
“There was happiness, but it was sad too, because it was our last year,” said Bartlett.
The Astros will be in tough this weekend when they clash with teams from Mobile Central High, Clarenville High, Gander Collegiate, Stephenville High, Menihek High in Labrador