NEW GLASGOW – Local high school boys’ and girls’ soccer teams got some much-needed playing time last weekend with an early-bird tournament hosted by the North Nova Griffins.
New Germany defeated the Griffins 7-1 on Saturday in the girls’ championship game.
Isa Mackay scored North Nova’s goal.
North Nova opened the tournament on Friday with a 1-0 victory over the Northumberland Nighthawks on a goal by Jensen Arsenault.
Lucia MacKay tallied twice as the Griffins also defeated Kings-Edgehill 5-3. MacLeod, Rebekah Lowther and Lindsey MacIvor also scored.
New Germany blanked North Nova 5-0 in their preliminary game.
The Nighthawks lost their other games by scores of 6-1 against Kings-Edgehill and 7-0 to New Germany.
Griffins’ coach Zachary Langlois said the tournament gave his side an extra opportunity to prepare for the two-month season that ends with provincial championship in early November.
Kings-Edgehill went undefeated during the preliminary round to win the boys’ division outright without needing to meet the Northumberland Nighthawks in the championship game.
John Luke Taylor scored all goals for the Nighthawks in a 3-2 victory over North Nova. Isaac MacDonald and Carson Ripoll answered for the Griffins.
MacDonald and Enzo Neto each netted two goals and Ripoll added the other goal as North Nova edged South Colchester 5-4.
MacDonald and Ripoll also scored for the Griffins in a 9-2 loss to Kings-Edgehill.
The Nighthawks tied South Colchester 3-3 and lost 7-0 to Kings-Edgehill to end with a 1-1-1 record.
Lauren MacLeod of the North Nova Gryphons scampers up-field with the ball after thwarting an attack from a corner kick by members of the Northumberland Nighthawks on Friday during the first day of an early-bird soccer tournament hosted by North Nova. The Gryphons won 1-0 on a goal by Jensen Arsenault. (Goodwin photo)