To P.E.I. under-12 girls’ Premier championship
SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside United Tigers used two old sports clichés in winning the P.E.I. Subway Under-12 Girls Soccer League (Premier Division) championship last weekend.
© Nancy MacPhee/Journal Pioneer
The Summerside United under-12 girls were crowned the provincial Premier Division champions last Saturday. Summerside defeated West Prince 2-0 in the final.
The Tigers rode stingy defence and teamwork en route to capping an amazing season.
"As a coach, I ask a lot of my players and these girls all responded,” said Tigers head coach Kimball Johnston. “It is easy to coach girls when their hearts are in it and want to win, and they are as talented as they are.
“We went through the playoffs with one goal scored against. That’s a credit to our keeper (Bethany Dickson), but also a credit to our whole team. It’s just a great group of girls, and I am proud to be a part of this team.”
The Tigers, the regular-season’s first place team, defeated West Prince 2-0 in the championship game. The road to the final included quarter-final and semifinal wins of 6-0 and 4-1 wins over Kensington and Winsloe Team One.
The Tigers, though, rose to the challenge of being the No. 1 seed.
“We were aware of that going into the playoffs, that everyone is going to play hard,” offered Johnston. “I give credit to our opponents. There was no easy game. They took it to us every game. We’re happy to be where we are.”
"As a coach, I ask a lot of my players and these girls all responded. It is easy to coach girls when their hearts are in it and want to win, and they are as talented as they are. We went through the playoffs with one goal scored against. That’s a credit to our keeper (Bethany Dickson), but also a credit to our whole team. It’s just a great group of girls, and I am proud to be a part of this team.” Tigers head coach Kimball Johnston
An example of the team-first attitude employed by the Tigers was evident during the post-game trophy presentation. When the captains were asked to accept the Challenge Cup, the entire team stepped forward.
“The concept that we have is everyone is a leader on our team,” said Johnston. “It is a rotating captain system that we use. It worked very well.”
Johnston, who also serves as president of the Summerside United Soccer Club, acknowledged the accomplishments of the United’s two other provincial champions – under-14 Premier girls and the Boomerangs of the girls’ First Division.
“We have a wonderful organization,” said Johnston. “We’ve got good coaches and a lot of great volunteers. They don’t get thanked enough. We all appreciate those people.”