ALBERTON – The West Prince Storm’s growth over the past few years was on display Saturday.
The Storm defeated the Summerside United 3-2 to win the Subway P.E.I. Under-13 Girls Soccer League (First Division) championship at the Eastern Eagles Soccer Complex in Montague.
“It was very nice to see this team come together, and have the success that they have had,” said Storm coach Brian Allain. “Some of these girls have now played together for three to four years.
“It has been amazing to watch them grow with the way they play on the field, from making correct decisions to thinking ahead and trying to anticipate the next play rather than just kicking and chasing.”
In the final, two goals by Heidi Arsenault and a single marker from Brooke Doucet staked the Storm to a 3-0 lead. Two late goals by Jaelynn Oatway and Katie-Grace Noye brought the United to within one goal with five minutes remaining.
After the Storm needed a late goal to pull out a 2-1 victory over Summerside in the previous meeting between the two teams, Allain was not surprised the final was decided by one goal. The United’s playoff resumé also includes a 6-0 quarter-final win versus the Sherwood-Parkdale Rangers, and a 3-0 shutout over the Eliot River Team Two Ramblers in the semifinals.
“It was also extremely gratifying to see the success that the team gained with all 17 players playing a part in it,” said Allain. “With only nine players playing on the field at a time, trying to find playing time for players can be a struggle, but this team made it pretty easy for that to happen as we had great depth at every position.”
A couple of other highlights for the Storm during the 2018 season included an undefeated regular-season record of 10-1 (won-lost), and winning the gold medal at the Summerside tournament.
“All in all, it was a terrific season for a great bunch of girls and one that we are definitely proud of as coaches,” concluded Allain.