Sec­ond chances

As­cen­sion girls soc­cer sneaks into provin­cials

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

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

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