Corner Brook Under-18s’ Haley Oake, left, keeps an eye on Kelsey Kent of Veitch’s Physio during play in the opening game of the season for the women’s soccer league at Wellington Street Sports Complex Monday.
— Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
By Rudey Downey
Special to the Star
For an unusually chilly night in May, there was nothing unusual about the way Jade Regular felt before the season opener for the 2014 Corner Brook Women’s Soccer League.
Regular admits there were some nerves at the beginning of the game for herself and her teammates, but her goal at 12 minutes helped to calm things down.
“It just kind of relieved us and got the nerves out and then we could really play,” she said.
Regular was one of three goal scorers who helped their team, the Corner Brook Under-18s, defeat Veitch’s Physiotherapy 3-0 Monday night at the Wellington Street Sports Complex. Genna Noseworthy scored the teams’s second goal. The third goal scorer for the Under-18s was not available at press time.
As the captain of this team for the third straight year, Regular is looking for a repeat of last year’s championship win.
She says by half-time on Monday night, the team was playing with a lot more confidence.
“I think that for our first game we really meshed well as a team,” said Regular.
John Andrews, coach of the Under-18s, sees a lot of potential in his squad and thinks, with a few more games, they can compete with any team in the league.
Veitch’s Janine Gillis, who was on the losing end of the pitch Monday night, wants to play in the championship game in August.
“You learn from the losses and you grow from the losses, so we can only go up from here,” said Gillis.
Gillis says the first game is always nerve wracking, but the soccer season takes some adjustments.
“Once we get used to each other again and how we play, I think the nerves will go away,” said Gillis.
Patrick Fewer, the head coach of Veitch’s Physiotherapy, sees the early signs of a team that has a good, positive atmosphere.
There will be six teams competing in the league this year: the Curling Rangers, the Corner Brook Hawks, the Shamrocks, as well as Stephenville, the Corner Brook Under-18s and Veitch’s Physiotherapy.