Charlotte United U-13 boys finish soccer season on top

(Mark Finley photo) The Charlotte United U-13 boys’ soccer team had a successful first year together, winning every game played during the final games/tournament of the regular Division 2 season. During the last weekend of play, the boys travelled to Hampton to play Shediac, Dieppe, Hampton and Saint John on Aug. 19 and 20. Following a double overtime and shoot out, Charlotte United claimed the league title. Pictured front from left, Gavin Stubbert, Lachlan Finley, Jude Smith, Kedrick Masson. Middle row, Rohen Simpson, David Ostasu, Dragos Serbanescu, Santiago Rodriguez, Callen Dow, Carter Bridges, Kai Childs, Noah Pendleton, Maddox Hanley, Carter Cook, Will Robinson, Spencer Henry. Back row, assistant coach Clinton Pendleton, team manager Nicole Cook, head coach Carlos Rodriguez.

ST. STEPHEN – The Charlotte United U-13 boys’ soccer team finished its regular season with the Division 2 league title.

The boys travelled to Hampton for the final games of the season on Aug. 19 and 20, winning each game they played. They defeated Shediac, 2-0, in the weekend opener, followed by a 3-1 win over Dieppe and 2-1 win over Hampton on Saturday.

On Sunday, the boys took a 4-0 lead over Saint John to move into the final game.

Against Dieppe, the game was tied at one after regulation, with Jude Smith scoring the lone goal.

Following a scoreless double overtime, the game went into a shoot out with Kedrick Masson, Maddox Hanley, Will Robinson and Carter Cook finding the back of the net for Charlotte United’s 2-1 victory.

This was the team’s first year together with players coming from communities throughout Charlotte County. Players practised multiple times per week in St. Stephen, Saint Andrews, St. George and Deer Island. Poor weather and unfit field conditions were a challenge throughout the season.

The team began its season without a win at the Friendship Cup Tournament in Fredericton, however they rallied and learned and, after division ranking adjustments, finished the season at the top.