Atlantic all-star soccer championships begin today in capital

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Charlottetown hosting under-14 division; P.E.I.'s under-13 teams in St. John's, N.L.

The Bell Aliant Atlantic all-star soccer championships kick off this week.

The P.E.I. under-14 boys’ and girls’ teams are hosting the competition in Charlottetown while the P.E.I. under-13 teams are in St. John’s, N.L.

Games begin today and will conclude on Sunday with the gold- and bronze-medal matches.

Host associations have partnered with Bell Aliant to provide live streaming of all the action on their Community One channel.


At the under-14 championships, P.E.I. coach Jonathan Vos has a large number of boys returning from last year’s under-13 squad that will look to improve on its fourth-place finish.

The girls’ team, coached by former UPEI keeper Ashley McKenna, has 10 players returning from last year.

The team has a good chance at landing a medal this year but will be up against strong opposition from the other Atlantic provinces based on the close matches at last year’s under-13 tournament.

This year’s under-13 boys’ team will try to get into the gold-medal match after last year’s team lost a close match against New Brunswick to finish fourth.

Former UPEI Panther Danny Hill is coaching the squad, and feels they are capable of improving on last year’s placing.

The under-13 girls have one returning player from last year’s team — Nicole Doncaster from the Winsloe-Charlottetown Royals F.C. Doncaster will be urging on her teammates to strive for the gold-medal match as she remembers how close they came last year after a close 1-0 loss to Newfoundland and Labrador.

The team then lost out on a medal to New Brunswick in a game that finished in a penalty shootout. The team had defeated the New Brunswick side 2-1 during the round robin. Coach Mark Caudle has a squad that can contend for a place in Sunday’s final.


Organizations: Bell Aliant

Geographic location: Charlottetown, New Brunswick, St. John's

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