Herbert Laurels ad­vance to Provin­cials in de­but soc­cer sea­son

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The Herbert Laurels girls soc­cer team’s de­but sea­son will con­tinue af­ter they earned a trip to the SHSAA 1A 7v7 Provin­cials Fi­nals in Lake Lenore with a first-place fin­ish at Re­gion­als in Out­look.

The Laurels, in their first sea­son of soc­cer, de­feated both Out­look en­tries to earn a trip to the eight-team Pro­vin­cial Fi­nals.

Herbert faced Out­look LCBI in the semi-fi­nal and both teams were hun­gry for a win with a spot at Provin­cials on the line.

Rachel Selke opened the scor­ing in the first half with a beau­ti­ful free kick goal and the Laurels’ lead lasted un­til mid­way through the sec­ond half when LCBI tied the con­test be­fore a score­less over­time.

The match en­tered penalty kicks, where goal­keeper Kelly Mont­gomery made four cru­cial saves and Herbert scored three goals on six kicks from the mark to earn the win.

The Laurels took on Out­look High School in the Re­gional fi­nal and found them­selves at a dis­ad­van­tage af­ter Chief Paskwa failed to show up for the other semi-fi­nal, leav­ing a fresh and well­rested op­po­nent in the Laurels’ path.

Laurels coach Sebastian Prost pointed out that his team had many play­ers with aches and pains from the first game and were ex­pect­ing a tough game be­cause OHS was fresh.

The game was very slow paced for the first fif­teen min­utes, with most of the play in the Herbert half.

Af­ter the Laurels made two sub­sti­tu­tions, the game changed in their favour.

Even though Out­look had opened the scor­ing, Herbert was able to change the score­board with three unan­swered goals, two of them com­ing from Mi­randa Redekop who had scored the penalty kick win­ner against LCBI in the morn­ing.

OHS would score late in the sec­ond half with ten min­utes re­main­ing, but the fi­nal score fin­ished 3-2 in favour of Herbert.

“The coach­ing staff is very proud of the girls’ ac­com­plish­ments so far this year, es­pe­cially con­sider- ing that we are brand new to soc­cer this sea­son,” said Prost.

“The coach­ing staff and play­ers are look­ing for­ward to provin­cials and we are hop­ing that what­ever the out­come is there, we have suc­cess­ful games.”

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