CBN soc­cer team wins provin­cials

The Compass - - Front Page - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­

The Con­cep­tion Bay North Shan­nons re­cently ac­com­plished a feat no other un­der18 team from the lo­cal mi­nor soc­cer as­so­ci­a­tion has ever done. Host­ing the provin­cial A tour­na­ment on home field in Har­bour Grace, the Shan­nons fired off goals and made saves when they needed too.

HAR­BOUR GRACE, NL — Most of the play­ers on the Con­cep­tion Bay North Shan­nons un­der-18 squad have been team­mates for a few years now, so there’s a strong sense of fa­mil­iar­ity any time the team takes off to the soc­cer pitch.

“They love to play, and they don’t even care who or when,” coach Re­nee Vaters told The Com­pass. “You just tell them, and they’re there.”

With a ti­tle on the line last Sun­day, the Shan­nons con­sis­tently put their best foot for­ward, hold­ing off a team from Ex­ploits in a 3-1 vic­tory to claim gold in the New­found­land and Labrador Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion Provin­cial A Cham­pi­onship. This was the first time a team from the CBN Mi­nor Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion won a provin­cial un­der-18 ti­tle.

“They just wanted to know where the party was go­ing to be,” Vaters said when asked how the play­ers re­acted to win­ning it all. “They were very ex­cited.”

The CBN Shan­nons have won sev­eral ti­tles over the last few years, in­clud­ing the St. John’s Metro League and un­der-16 provin­cials. Given its past suc­cess, Vaters knew the team was ca­pa­ble of com­pet­ing for another provin­cial ti­tle.

“Oh ab­so­lutely, be­cause they’ve done so well over the last cou­ple of years,” she said. “In the be­gin­ning, we had lots of losses, but they learned from them.”

How­ever, the team only man­aged to play a sin­gle ex­hi­bi­tion game this sum­mer prior to host­ing provin­cials, meet­ing Bay Roberts for a friendly matchup.

“We didn’t even know if (the tour­na­ment) was go­ing to go ahead, be­cause once you get up to this age group, you lose a lot of ath­letes,” Vaters said of the three-team tour­na­ment. “They’re work­ing and what­not.”

The Shan­nons won their first game July 28 against Spring­dale 1-0 thanks to a goal from Devon Drover, then tied Ex­ploits the next day 1-1, with Cody Vaters scor­ing the lone goal for CBN. The last re­sult qual­i­fied the team for the gold medal game, which they won against Ex­ploits 3-1. Cody Vaters col­lected two goals in that game and Colin Ros­siter scored one for the Shan­nons.

The un­der-18 Shan­nons team hopes to play in a friendly tour­na­ment in cen­tral New­found­land be­fore the end of the sum­mer, though noth­ing is con­firmed at this point.

They just wanted to know where the party was go­ing to be.

— Re­nee Vaters

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