Western picks up first point of season at Wellington

Dave Kearsey
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Andrew Burden, front, of the Western Under 14 team, gets a shot of on goal before Chris Neil of Mount Pearl could stop it during provincial Under-14 boys soccer league play Sunday at the Wellington Street Sports Complex.

CORNER BROOK  All of the firsts made it a pretty good weekend for the hometown West boys over the weekend.

Western got its first point and first goal in a 1-1 tie against Mount Pearl in provincial Under-14 boys soccer league play Sunday morning at Wellington Street Sports Complex.

Western opened the scoring in Sunday’s contest at 10 minutes when they were awarded an own goal, but Tanner Rideout got the Mount Pearl boys on the scoresheet eight minutes later which would prove to be all the offensive punch for this showdown.

Western’s record now stands at 0-3-1 after losing 1-0 to Mount Pearl in the series opener Saturday afternoon at Wellington.

Devin Foote scored the game’s only goal at 56 minutes.

Sam Hawco recorded the shutout for the undefeated 4-0-1 Mount Pearl Soccer Association representatives.

Riley Chin of Western thought his team had a good weekend against a tough opponent and felt both games ball possession was fairly even.

Earning a point Sunday was an important step in the Western side moving up the standings, he figures.

“It was exciting to get a point. It’s a boost of confidence for us,’ Chin said.

Chin believes the team has improved since opening the season with two losses against a powerful St. John’s entry.

“We had some pretty good runs up the field,” he said.

He insists the team has to work harder to get its first win in the books and he believes having the group together for practices on a consistent basis would help turn things around.

“We need to get everybody there instead of some people missing here and there,” he said.

Western will be back in action seeking its first win of the season when they play host to Avalon for two games this weekend — Saturday 4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. — at Wellington Street Sports Complex.

 

Organizations: Wellington Street Sports Complex, Mount Pearl Soccer Association

Geographic location: Mount Pearl

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