By John DeCoste
The Valley United U-18 girls took over top spot in their division in the Nova Scotia Soccer League with a pair of wins on the Nov. 24-25 weekend.
The U-18 girls topped XFC 8-1 Nov. 24, as Gillianne Gates, Jessica Shaffelburg and Dominique Foote each contributed a pair of goals.
The following day, Valley edged South Shore 5-4 to improve to 2-0-1 on the season. Shaffelburg had two goals and Gates, Scarlett Smith and Emily Nickerson had one each.
In other action, the U-16 girls improved to 3-1 on the season, tied for second in their division, with a 3-2 win over Suburban Nov. 24.
Erin Cecchetto had two goals, including the game-winner with four minutes remaining. Serena Dolan had the other goal.
The U-16 boys prevailed in a wild 9-7 shootout with South Shore Nov. 25, picking up their first win in four tries. Chris Jamieson had five goals and Pascal Doucette and Riley Guest two goals each.
The U-18 boys had their own high-scoring game, playing to a 5-5 draw with Halifax City Nov. 24. Corey Cadeau had three goals and Cody Holland and Kieran Collins one each.
The Valley senior women were not as fortunate, suffering their first loss in three games, when they ended up losing 8-4 to Dunbrack on Nov. 24. Chantal S. Landry had two goals, and Jenna Blackburn and Michelle Pryde one goal each.
The remaining four Valley Tier 1 teams did not see action on the Nov. 24-25 weekend. The U-14 A girls had a 2-2 record; in their most recent action Nov. 17, the girls lost 8-1 to Suburban, with Sophia Lazaric scoring the lone Valley goal.
The U-14A boys were at 3-1, second in their division. Their most recent game was also their only loss so far, 9-7 to Halifax County in another wild scorefest.
Halifax led 8-2 at halftime, only to have Valley win the second half 5-1, which wasn’t enough for the victory. Jacob Shaffelburg had five of the Valley goals, with Owen Kidston and Coleman Hooper scoring the others.
The U-14B boys were at 1-3 after a 7-0 loss to Halifax County in their most recent action Nov. 17.
The Valley Kings Arms senior men had won their only game of the season so far, 7- 6 over Dartmouth 2 Nov. 18.
Calum MacRae and Mike Wilkinson had two goals apiece, and Hashim Kareemi, Devin Tetlow and Jeremie Shabanie one goal each.
For complete information on the NSSL, including results, schedules and statistics, visit www.nssoccerleague.ca. For more information on the Valley United teams and other news from the local club, visit www.valleyunited.ca.