Truro Junior High captures regional boys soccer crown on home turf
Panthers all the way
TRURO - The same thing that made the Truro Panthers successful all season, gave them a regional boys soccer banner Tuesday on their home field.
The Panthers outworked the New Glasgow Panthers to take a 3-0 victory in the final. The title is Truro's first in boys soccer since 1997.
"It definitely feels good," said Grade 9 student Ryan Huelin, who netted a pair of goals in both the final and semifinal. "It's my last game here so to get two goals and win regionals is awesome."
The title, the highest level of competition in junior high sports, caps a 6-1 season for the Panthers, their only loss coming in a 3-0 blanking from Hants East.
Truro defeated Bible Hill in the district semifinal before avenging their loss to Hants East with a victory in the final.
The district title gave Truro a berth at regionals.
Truro opened the regional tournament with a 4-0 win over Springhill-based E.B. Chandler.
Both of Huelin's markers came in the second half to seal Truro's win. Truro held a 1-0 lead at
Truro controlled most of the ball possession in the second half and effectively limited any chance New Glasgow had to get back in the game.
"We just outworked them," said Truro coach Alex Ferrett. "We didn't give them time and space on the ball."
That had been the key to success all season long for the
"You can be a lesser team skill wise," Ferrett said. "All you need is hard work and dedication and a positive mindset."
The players bought into that philosophy from the start of the season.
"All starting 11 and the guys on the bench," Ferret said. "And it brought success."
Huelin agreed with his coach.
"It was all hard work and teamwork, he said. "Everyone worked hard and nobody gave up."
Despite the team's success this season, it almost didn't get the chance to play a game.
The team had no coach until teacher Kelly Hume volunteered to step up and be the team's liaison so Ferrett could coach.
"We couldn't have done it without her," Ferrett said.