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Emery Junior Boys’ Soccer Team Defeats Earl Haig in Semi-Finals But Loses to Northview in Final

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By Deserae Fulcott and Shawn Obanda (Emery students)

The Emery Eagles played the final of the Regional Junior Boys soccer tournament against Northview

Secondary School on November 7th at the Esther Shiner Stadium.  It was an intense game

and keenly contested. The Eagles played with confidence; however, at about 30 minutes into the first

half, Northview scored with a shot from just outside the penalty area. The Emery team was not deflated,

and kept trying to penetrate Northview’s defense. Time and again their assaults on goal were shut down

by superior defensive plays. Emery’s hopes were dashed finally, when in the second half, Northview

scored again from a clever pass that bounced over the head of the defender, evaded the goalkeeper,

and found the back of the net. The Northview fans were ecstatic at the final whistle, and filled the

stadium with their victorious cheers.Although they had not won, the Emery team also celebrated. While Northview received their gold

medals, the Emery Eagles had placed second in the league. Although some Emery players were clearly

disappointed, many considered their performance a successful conclusion to the season

“We almost did not have a team,” said Mr. Keith Pollard, the Emery coach. It was two students, Destiny

Eriamiator and Christian Cuxum who took the initiative and got enough students together to form a

team. They were eventually named co-captains of the team. Along with Francis Manujibeya they were

instrumental in getting the team to the finals. These three were the main goal scorers for the Emery

Eagles. Destiny Eriamiator explained, “Some of the guys had never played competitively, but as the

season went on, they got better.”

 

Christian Cuxum struggled to get the bitter taste of defeat out of his mouth. He had played striker, but

would often drop back to mid-field when his defensive services were needed.

“We will get better,” he said. “We will be starting the indoor season soon, so our skills will improve as

we continue to play together.”

 

Francis Manujibeya echoed his sentiments. “I am happy that we made the finals. Next year we will be

better prepared and hopefully we will bring home the trophy.”

All the boys are in grade 9 and will be eligible to play for the junior team next year. “These boys put in

so much hard work. I am very proud of them,” said Keith Pollard.

Emery had advanced to the finals after a tough 2-1 victory over respected Earl Haig Secondary school on

November 1st

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