‘A tremen­dous group of kids’

Wolfville Fal­cons place first in di­vi­sion, third over­all at soc­cer fi­nals

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Stormy weather couldn’t drown out the fun at the ju­nior soc­cer fi­nals in Wolfville on Oct.30.

The Wolfville Fal­cons, a tier two team made up of Grade 6, 7, and 8 play­ers, faced the New Ger­many Saints, a tier 1 team with Grade 9 and 10 play­ers. Wolfville lost 3-0, but the team showed great ef­fort.

A successful sea­son saw them place first in their di­vi­sion, and coach Carl Baltzer couldn’t be more proud of his team.

“Not even a minute after los­ing, the play­ers were smil­ing again. This is a tremen­dous group of kids,” he said.

A win­ning sea­son de­spite last loss

After an un­de­feated sea­son with only one tie, the Fal­cons have fin­ished third over­all, and are feel­ing pretty proud.

Jack Zacharias, 12, plays de­fence on the team. He’s been play­ing since the age of four and, de­spite feel­ing down after los­ing, re­ally en­joyed the game.

“It feels awe­some, be­cause we placed first in our di­vi­sion. We were so close,” he said.

Josh Baltzer, 12, plays ev­ery po­si­tion on the field, though his favourite is left mid­field.

Soc­cer, for him, is all about get­ting to play with his friends.

“My team­mates are all good play­ers and are all my friends. It’s so much fun,” he said.

‘Los­ing is part of play­ing’

This team spirit doesn’t take Carl Batlzer by sur­prise.

The play­ers were so in­tent dur­ing the game they paid lit­tle at­ten­tion to the heavy rain­fall that drenched the field.

“Los­ing is part of play­ing, and they’ve al­ready moved on. The great thing about this age group is how re­silient they are,” said Coach Baltzer.

“I couldn’t be more proud.”

SARA ERICSSON

SARA ERICSSON

Sol Cantieni kicks the ball into play.

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