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DIGBY - New Germany may have been over-confident Saturday in the gold medal game against Digby Regional High School senior boys soccer team.

After all, in their game the previous day, the New Germany Saints crushed Bridgetown, the same team that had narrowly defeated the Digby Mariners in the Regional championship.

But history is no guarantee in high school action, and Digby Mariners are now the Division 3 Nova Scotia champions, having downed New Germany 3-1 in the tournament in Brookfield near Truro.

“Both teams were pretty nervous at the start but they had a few more chances than us,” said coach Oliver Janson. “Twenty minutes in, we’re in their end and they get called for a hand ball in the box. Benedikt Woelki stepped up and put the shot top right corner. That goal settled the team.”

It was one of the Saints’ top defenders who was called on the penalty after falling on the ball.

Digby then scored on some tic-tac-toe passing down the field with Nathan Janson running on the through ball from Noah Titus and Paolo Fernandez. His goal came with a couple of minutes left in the half.

Mariners keeper Dawson Acker, who was to come up big in the second half particularly, also played an important role throughout the opening half by slowing down the pace of play and frustrating the New Germany offence, said Janson.

He added that the Saints were dangerous on their corner kicks and Acker at one point had to clear a ball off the line.

“Then they get a penalty awarded with 15 minutes left to play on a close call by the ref. Dawson guesses the right way and saves it. That was a big turning point in the game.”

New Germany kept trying to press, he said, but didn’t seem able to mount any real attack

“With minutes left, we were awarded a free kick on top of the box. Benedikt scored as it deflects off the wall (of defenders),” said Janson.

Perhaps the last 40 minutes of the game were played with Digby holding just the one-goal lead, but Janson said the team was confident that if the Saints scored and forced a shootout, Digby was prepared.

“We had been practicing penalty shots, plus Dawson is a better keeper than theirs…but it was better to win in regulation.”

Janson was uncertain whether a senior boys Mariners team has ever won the provincial title, but it has come close with one silver medal and four bronze in recent years. Now, however, it can fly the Division 3 banner in the school.

The Mariners moved into the gold medal game by downing the host team, South Colchester Wolves, 4-2, on Friday.

Janson said the Mariners dominated the first 20 minutes of their game. “We were all over them.”

Ryan Doucette hit the South Colchester crossbar early in the game but it was Noah Thomas who opened the scoring, tucking his free kick into the bottom right corner of the Wolves’ net.

Doucette then took a sweet pass inside the 18 from Nathan Janson and knocked it deep in the net to make it 2-0, Digby.

The Mariners kept the Wolves pretty much pinned in their own end at the start of the game, but when South Colchester eventually broke out, one of their forwards took a long hard shot that Digby goalie Dawson Acker directed towards the corner. A lone Wolf sweeping in from the wing picked off that loose ball and poked it in to make it 2-1.

From the following kick off, Janson and Doucette rushed the South Colchester net with quick dribbling and short passes.

Janson ended that run with a goal and Digby was up 3-1 at the half.

Ten minutes into the second half, Woelki took a cross from Thomas and spun the ball around the South Colchester keeper to make it 4-1.

South Colchester made it 4-2 with about 20 minutes left by outracing the Digby defence to a long bouncing lead pass.

Not long after that, the referee handed a red card to a South Colchester player, pretty much ending any chance for South Colchester to tie it up.

 

After all, in their game the previous day, the New Germany Saints crushed Bridgetown, the same team that had narrowly defeated the Digby Mariners in the Regional championship.

But history is no guarantee in high school action, and Digby Mariners are now the Division 3 Nova Scotia champions, having downed New Germany 3-1 in the tournament in Brookfield near Truro.

“Both teams were pretty nervous at the start but they had a few more chances than us,” said coach Oliver Janson. “Twenty minutes in, we’re in their end and they get called for a hand ball in the box. Benedikt Woelki stepped up and put the shot top right corner. That goal settled the team.”

It was one of the Saints’ top defenders who was called on the penalty after falling on the ball.

Digby then scored on some tic-tac-toe passing down the field with Nathan Janson running on the through ball from Noah Titus and Paolo Fernandez. His goal came with a couple of minutes left in the half.

Mariners keeper Dawson Acker, who was to come up big in the second half particularly, also played an important role throughout the opening half by slowing down the pace of play and frustrating the New Germany offence, said Janson.

He added that the Saints were dangerous on their corner kicks and Acker at one point had to clear a ball off the line.

“Then they get a penalty awarded with 15 minutes left to play on a close call by the ref. Dawson guesses the right way and saves it. That was a big turning point in the game.”

New Germany kept trying to press, he said, but didn’t seem able to mount any real attack

“With minutes left, we were awarded a free kick on top of the box. Benedikt scored as it deflects off the wall (of defenders),” said Janson.

Perhaps the last 40 minutes of the game were played with Digby holding just the one-goal lead, but Janson said the team was confident that if the Saints scored and forced a shootout, Digby was prepared.

“We had been practicing penalty shots, plus Dawson is a better keeper than theirs…but it was better to win in regulation.”

Janson was uncertain whether a senior boys Mariners team has ever won the provincial title, but it has come close with one silver medal and four bronze in recent years. Now, however, it can fly the Division 3 banner in the school.

The Mariners moved into the gold medal game by downing the host team, South Colchester Wolves, 4-2, on Friday.

Janson said the Mariners dominated the first 20 minutes of their game. “We were all over them.”

Ryan Doucette hit the South Colchester crossbar early in the game but it was Noah Thomas who opened the scoring, tucking his free kick into the bottom right corner of the Wolves’ net.

Doucette then took a sweet pass inside the 18 from Nathan Janson and knocked it deep in the net to make it 2-0, Digby.

The Mariners kept the Wolves pretty much pinned in their own end at the start of the game, but when South Colchester eventually broke out, one of their forwards took a long hard shot that Digby goalie Dawson Acker directed towards the corner. A lone Wolf sweeping in from the wing picked off that loose ball and poked it in to make it 2-1.

From the following kick off, Janson and Doucette rushed the South Colchester net with quick dribbling and short passes.

Janson ended that run with a goal and Digby was up 3-1 at the half.

Ten minutes into the second half, Woelki took a cross from Thomas and spun the ball around the South Colchester keeper to make it 4-1.

South Colchester made it 4-2 with about 20 minutes left by outracing the Digby defence to a long bouncing lead pass.

Not long after that, the referee handed a red card to a South Colchester player, pretty much ending any chance for South Colchester to tie it up.

 

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