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.