PICTOU – The Pictou Academy Pitbulls are provincial Division 3 high school girls’ soccer champions.
The Academy girls under coaches Philip Ruiz and Tara Fanning defeated host Cape Breton Highlands 1-0 on kicks on Saturday during the championship game of the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation in Inverness County.
It was the Academy’s sixth year at the girls’ provincials and the gold medal followed three consecutive silver medals for the Pitbulls.
Pictou and Highlands were scoreless through regulation and 30 minutes of extra time in the noon hour match.
A shootout followed, with Thea Waller, Emma Ruiz and Erica Cherry scored on penalty shots to give the Academy a 3-2 edge.
Kari Waller made several excellent saves besides the two penalty goals she allowed.
Pictou edged Oxford 2-1 on Friday to advance to the game on Saturday.
The roster included senior girls: Kaila Reid, Kenzie Reid, Clare MacDonald, Maddie VanVeen, Lauren Quann, and Olivia Pretty.
The victory was one of the more dramatic for the Academy girls, who also won in 1994 when the federation marked its 25th anniversary by hosting all the division boys and girls championships at Kings-Edgehill in Windsor.
Members of Pictou Academy’s senior varsity female soccer team gathered in the school auditorium this week for a team photo after capturing the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s Division 3 championship last Saturday in Cape Breton. Front row, from left: Maddi VanVeen, Lauren Quann, Kenzie Reid, Kari Waller, Kaila Reid, Olivia Pretty and Clare MacDonald. Middle Row: Erin MacMillan, Thea Waller, Leigha MacDonald, Kenzie Ells and Hayley Nichol. Back Row: Kenzie LeBlanc, Jenna Reid, Erica Cherry, Emma Ruiz, Kelli MacDonald and Myla Briand. (Submitted photo)