Academy third in girls’ soccer

PICTOU – The Pictou Academy Pitbulls came home last weekend with third-place honours at the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s Division 3 girls’ soccer championship in Lockeport.

Leigha MacDonald scored both goals as Pictou defeated the host Lockeport squad 2-0 on Saturday in the bronze medal match to secure third place.

“The game was very one-sided and all of our players, seniors, rookies and international students got to play,” coach Philip Ruiz said.

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Oxford won the championship by defeating Antigonish East 4-1 in the final. Oxford advanced by shutting out Lockeport 13-0 on Friday.

Pictou lost 1-0 to Antigonish East on Friday in their semifinal match.

“It was a good game between two equal teams,” Ruiz said. “They won the first half and we won the second.

It marked the end of a reasonably successful season for the Pictou girls, who were denied the Northumberland Region championship with a relatively young roster that included international students.

Pictou reached the provincial championship by defeated their foes from Cape Breton 1-0 in a qualifier match last month in Pictou.


Pictou Academy placed third at the 2017 provincial girls’ Division 2 high school soccer championship in Lockeport. Front row, from left: Kenzie Ells, Naomi MacMillan, Leigha MacDonald, Irene Gordillo, Kari Waller, Elsa Lops-Quintas, Myla Briand, Maite Rojas and Rachael Van Veen. Back left: coach Tara Fanning, Sophie Heighton, Jenny Fererra, Marie Arai, Lucianna Ubilla, Kelli MacDonald, Anse Piot, Peyton Briand, Emma Ruiz,Rebecca Young, Abbey Munroe, MacKenzie LeBlanc, Erin MacMillan and coach Philip Ruiz. (Submitted photo)

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Steve Goodwin
Steve Goodwin was born in Amherst, N.S. and has been a journalist for more than 40 years. He has been a resident of Pictou County for nearly 40 years.