For the second year in a row, Nova Scotia has won a medal at the Canadian senior women’s soccer championship.
Halifax Dunbrack followed up last October’s gold-medal win by Halifax City with a bronze-medal finish yesterday, earning a 2-0 victory over the host Saskatoon NATA.
The provincial champions just missed a shot at the gold-medal game after going 1-1-1 in the round robin.
“We had a great tournament and we feel really good about it,” said Dunbrack head coach Jack Hutchison. “We could very easily have been in the gold-medal game and we were unfortunate not to have done better, but we played great today. Our goaltender never even touched the ball in the second half.”
Victoria won gold with a 5-4 win over British Columbia.
Defending national champion Halifax City, at the tournament courtesy of a wildcard berth, went 0-2-1 in the round robin. The club defeated Manitoba’s Winnipeg South End United 4-3 in yesterday’s seventh-place game.
The recent national success is encouraging for Nova Scotia.
“There’s a feeling from the kids that we’re definitely competitive in this tournament,” Hutchison said.
“The girls understand now how City won a gold medal. They know what it takes to win and they know they have the ability to do it.”
In men’s action, Halifax City went 1-1-2 in the round robin and ended up defeating Manitoba’s Huskie United Alumni 4-3 in the seventh-place game yesterday.