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P-Reds blanked again

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The Fredericton Picaroons Reds lost their fourth game of the season, when the P.E.I FC defeated them 3-0 Saturday evening in McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League action. It was the second straight weekend that the Picaroons were shutout at home to the P.E.I FC, losing last Sunday 5-0.

Goal scorers for P.E.I were Kieran Moore, Harmi Singh and Lucas Holmes. The victory gave P.E.I their league leading eighth win,

D av e F e e n e r p i c ke d u p t h e s h u t o u t i n t h e w i n . The teams were tied at the half, but P.E.I. exploded for three unanswered goals to take a commanding victory.

“It was even in the first half, but it was those turnovers in the second that they capitalized on,” explained Picaroons Reds coach Jon Crossland. “We didn’t score on our chances and they did. It’s been the story of our season so far,”

P.E.I. keeper Feener went down early with what looked like an injury, perhaps due to the wet conditions. But he walked it off and was able to finish the game.

After the scoreless opening half, Fredericton started the second half with a bit of momentum, but that didn’t last long as Ryan Casey made a beautiful cross right on to the foot of Singh who just had to tap it in for the first goal of the match.

Then, similar to the game here a week ago, the floodgates opened for the Island squad.

They scored two more goals in the half to make it 3-0. The game got a bit chippy at the end, but that was to be expected since P.E.I outscored the Picaroons 8-0 in the last two games. “It’s been tough traveling on weekends, and making sure that all the guys can get off work for the games,” said P.E.I. coach Bruce Norton. “A lot of them work weekends, so that’s been a problem. It’s not always easy to find constancy, but I thought we’ve done a pretty good job of it as of late.”

The numbers would bear them out. P.E.I. leads the league with a 9-1 record for 27 points, completing a sweep of their Fredericton road trip with a 4-1 win over the FDSA Fredericton Inn Wanderers Sunday (see separate story).

The Picaroons Reds are third, with a 2-4-0 record for six points, two up on the 1-5-1 Wanderers. The P-Reds travel to Saint John Wednesday to take on winless Fundy United at UNBSJ field. “We have ten games left, there’s lots of time to turn this around and grab some points. Everyone’s frustrated, but nobody is giving up,” said Cross-land.

Wanderers can’t hang on against P.E.I. powerhouse

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Soccer | Island squad improves to 9-1 with sweep of locals

The FDSA Fredericton Inn Wanderers had a 1-0 lead at half, but ended up losing 4-1 to the P.E.I. FC Sunday afternoon in McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League action at Scotiabank Park South. The win gave P.E.I. the weekend sweep against the two Fredericton teams in the league, following a 3-0 shutout of the Fredericton Picaroons Reds in play Saturday night. (See separate story) It was the second loss of the weekend for the Wanderers, who fell 5-3 to Codi-ac First Touch of Moncton Friday night. P.E.I. improved to a league leading 9-1 on the year for 27 points, 11 better than 5-0-1 Codiac First Touch.

Adam Lowther had a pair of goals for P.E.I. Matt Thomson and Jared Murphy had the others. Aaron Gagnon opened the scoring for the Wanderers with the only goal of the opening half.

It was one of the more physical games of the season, but while P.E.I. were able to keep their cool throughout the match, Fredericton was unable to, and it resulted in multiple cards towards their team.

The most costly came in the second half when striker Craig Draper was handed a red card, limiting the team to only 10 players for the remainder of the match.

“When things are not going well for them, they know how to keep their composure, and keep their head in the game, while we were unable to do that today,” explained Wanderers coach Matt DeCourcey The Wanderers got off to a great start, opening the scoring on the Gagnon goal after a sweet feed from Marco Riedel.

But the final 45 minutes were a different story for Fredericton. They looked tired, and had trouble keeping their composure.

The wind played a huge factor in this game, with all five goals scored by the team with the wind.

P.E.I came storming out of the gates in the second half with a quick goal by Lowther. They added another a couple of minutes later, but it was ruled offside.

Lowther scored again off his own rebound to make it 2-1 P.E.I.

P.E.I. added two more including a penalty shot from Thomson at the end of the game to make it a 4-1 final.

Dylan Hughes left the game late with an injury and didn’t return for the Wanderers, who fall to 1-5-1 on the season with the loss. They face the 2-4-0 Picaroons Reds next Saturday at 8 p.m at Scotiabank Park South. It will be the first meeting between the teams since the Wanderers’ 2-1 win over the P-Reds on penalty kicks in the league’s championship game last August.

Soccer player cheering on his country

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by neiL HoDge from Times & TranscripT June 11
For almost a decade, Ivory Coast made headlines for all the wrong reasons due to a civil war. Now, it’s in the spotlight for something positive.

When the 2014 FIFA World Cup begins tomorrow in Brazil, it marks the African country’s third consecutive time qualifying for this tournament. The first World Cup took place in 1930 and the Ivory Coast’s only previous appearances were in 2006 and 2010. “We love soccer, but we’re a small country,”said Christian Yapi, a 22-year-old Ivory Coast native who plays for Moncton Tom Cormier Co-operators First Touch in the McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League.

“This is our third participation in the World Cup so we’re still new to it. It’s a big thing for our country to qualify for this tournament. If we can get out of (opening round) group stage play and make it to the quarter-finals, that would be a really big achievement for our country.”

There are 32 countries in the 2014 World Cup. Following are the groups for opening-round play; the top two teams in each group advance to the quarter-finals.

Group A – Brazil, Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon

Group B – Spain (defending champion), Netherlands, Chile and Australia

Group C – Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan

Group D – Uruguay, Costa Rica, England and Italy

Group E – Switzerland, Ecuador, France and Honduras

Group F – Argentina, Bosnia, Iran and Nigeria

Group G – Germany, Portugal, Ghana and the United States

Group H – Belgium, Algeria, Russia and Korea

Eight countries have won the previous 19 World Cups: Brazil, Italy, Germany, Argentina, Uruguay, England, France and Spain. Brazil leads the way with five championships, followed by Italy with four and Germany with three.

Ivory Coast failed to make it past the opening round in its first two World Cup appearances. Various publications predict that Columbia will be the top seed in Group C with Ivory Coast standing a good chance of being the second team to advance.

“It was especially good the first time that Ivory Coast qualified for the World Cup in 2006,” said Yapi. “It was during a period of war back then and people were scared. It moved the mind of people from politics a little. It was something positive that distracted people a little.”

Yapi believes that Germany or Brazil will win this year’s World Cup.

The 19 previous World Cups saw 10 champions emerge from Europe and nine from South America. Three of the past four champions have come from Europe.

The betting firms list Brazil as the favourite in this year’s World Cup, followed by Argentina, Germany and Spain. Ivory Coast is considered the strongest among the five African countries in the tournament with the continent’s other qualifiers being Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and Algeria.

“I started playing soccer at age six or seven in Ivory Coast,” said Yapi. “It wasn’t organized.

“There are some fields, but it’s mostly played in the streets. People weren’t teaching us how to play when I started. We just had a ball and we played in the streets.

“We love soccer in my country. Everybody plays it. It’s like hockey in Canada. Everybody in my country will be watching the World Cup on television.”

P.E.I. FC, 7-1-0, sits atop the Mc-Cain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League. Moncton is runner-up at 3-0-0, followed by the Fredericton Reds at 2-2-0, Fredericton Wanderers at 1-3-1 and Fundy United at 0-7-0.

Moncton will continue the 16-game regular season with a pair at home. It will meet the Reds tomorrow and the Wanderers on Friday, both 7:30 p.m. starts at the Crandall University field.

Wanderers settle for weekend split

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Soccer | Big win Saturday, tough loss Sunday for McCain league champs
The reigning McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer league champion the FDSA Fredericton Inn Wanderers lost 4-3 Sunday in a very exciting game against the Codiac First Touch of Moncton at Scotiabank Park South.

“It was a great game to coach, exciting for the fans, it’s really everything you want in a soccer game,” said Wanderers head coach Joe Ross. Everything except a win.

Thibault Pascale scored both the tying and game-winning goal in the second half for First Touch. Daniel Mallet and Florian Ntima-Nsiemi were the other goal scorers for Codiac.

Colin McIsaac had two for the Wanderers, while Zack Wood-Seems notched his third of the year.

It was the second meeting of the season between the teams. They battled to a scoreless tie May 30.

Fredericton had a 3-2 goal lead late in the second half, but couldn’t hold on as the First Touch pounced on the tired legs of the Wanderers who played Saturday as well and posted a 2-0 win over previously unbeaten P.E.I. FC.

The win continued Codiac’s undefeated record to start the season at 3-0-1, while the loss dropped the Wanderers to 1-3-1 on the year.

The game was chippy from the start, with the teams exchanging words throughout the match.

Codiac coach Patrick Gautreau said it was the maturity of his team which allowed them to stay focused.

”Maybe a couple of years ago we wouldn’t have been as composed, but now we have a group that is a bit more experienced with high level games that are able to stay composed,” he said. “It’s a game inside of a game being able to maintain your composure.”

Though it was a high scoring game, both goaltenders had moments of brilliance in the match.

Mackenzie Hill was in top form for the Wanderers early on and was the main reason Fredericton was only down one goal at half.

On the other side it was Samuel Charron for Codiac keeping his team in it when they were down 3-2 in the second half to give them a chance to make the late comeback.

Ross considered it a successful weekend for his club.

“We are going in the right direction; the boys are getting more comfortable in the system we are playing,” he said. “I think we are going to be a tough team to beat in the near future.”

He said minor injuries to players late in the game, and late substitutions may have thrown off his team.

Codiac and the Wanderers get right back at it next Friday as they play each other in Moncton.

Island squad runs roughshod over P-Reds

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Maybe it was Andy Scott making his debut as a keeper, or facing the top team in the New Brunswick Premier Soccer League which had just lost its first match of the season the night before. Or maybe it was a short bench because the team wasn’t supposed to play this weekend. Whatever the case, the Fredericton Picaroons Reds just didn’t have their stuff Sunday afternoon.

The Reds were outworked, outshot and ultimately outscored against P.E.I. FC yesterday, shut out 5-0 on a scorching BMO Centre field by the league-leading Island squad.

P.E.I. got a pair of goals from Jared Murphy and Dan McAleer, and another from Adam Lowther. Brett Mac-Donald picked up his fourth clean sheet of the year as the Island squad improved to 7-1-0 on the season after suffering a 2-0 shutout to the rival FDSA Fredericton Inn Wanderers Saturday night.

“Yeah, I suppose that’s a response (to Saturday’s loss),”said P.E.I. head coach Bruce Norton. “We were able to get the ball out wide today.”

And out wide was their bread and butter all afternoon. The Islanders got on the board early as Scott couldn’t handle a rebound from about 20 yards out and McAleer was right on the doorstep with an easy tap in. Midway through the first half McAleer was at it again cleaning up another rebound in the box for his second of the game.

Murphy also added an assist to his pair of goals, playing a beautiful cross into the box for Lowther on the far side, then about 40 seconds later Murphy quickly got possession just passed midfield and booted a 45-yard strike over Scott’s head and in.

Late in the second half Murphy added to the lead, nailing a 20-yard strike off the far-side post and in for his league-leading ninth goal of the season.

All game long the Reds struggled to get the ball to the wing to create chances and had a hard time keeping possession to set anything up.

“We haven’t played well for several games,” head coach Dave Rouse said “I don’t know what the reason is. We certainly have enough talent out there to be doing better than we are, but we just didn’t show up to play today. Each of the guys has to look at themselves for that.”

The P-Reds have dropped to 2-2 with the loss and have struggled with consistency all year, scoring only five goals through four games. Both losses were clean sheets.

“We’re working a lot of young guys in too,” said Rouse on newcomers who made the jump from under-16 to the Premier League since there is no under-18 league in New Brunswick this year. “This is a great place for them to be. They all have flashes where they’re doing very well, but it takes a while to get up to this speed.”

Both teams observed a moment of silence before the game in honour of the three RCMP officers who were killed in Moncton last week, while across town against the Fredericton Wanderers, Codiac First Touch sported black armbands in honour of the officers.

Wanderers ready for pair of key home games

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Senior soccer | FDSA to host P.E.I. FC, Moncton
The FDSA Fredericton Inn Wanderers are looking to get back on the winning track this weekend in McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League action.

But it won’t be easy.

The Wanderers (0-2-1) host P.E.I. FC (6-0) at 7 p.m. tonight and meet Moncton First Touch on Sunday at 1 p.m. in a rematch of last week’s game which ended in a 0-0 draw. Both take place at Scotiabank Park South.

The Wanderers lost a pair of games to the Island 2-0 and 2-1 three weeks ago in P.E.I.

Wanderers coach Joe Ross said it’s early, but he’s confident his team is headed in the right direction.

“We had a couple of tough games to start off the year in P.E.I.,” Ross said. “But as a coaching staff we’re not worried. The players are staying calm and we’re going to go out, play every game hard and try to get as many points as we can.”

Wanderers midfielder David Jamael said both games will be tough tasks, but says the club will be ready.

“They’re both going to be extremely tough games,” Jamael said. “We’ve played them both already and fought to some good results … We’re expecting to build on those and hopefully come up with some more points this weekend.” The Wanderers tried a new system against Moncton last week and it worked better in the second half. The Wanderers had several good scoring opportunities and managed to keep the ball out of their own end for the most part.

“I think we’re starting to get used to it and it’s starting to come,”Jamael said, “but again it’s the start of the year and we’re looking to build some chemistry, so hopefully we can build off those results and get better going forward.”

With the practices the Wanderers have had this week, Jamael thinks they will be fired up and ready to go.

Jamael and the rest of the Wanderers would like to see even more people come out to their games. The best crowds the Wanderers receive is when they play the Fredericton Picaroons Reds, but Jamael would like to see more fans throughout the season.

“I think people enjoy the physicality of the league and the excitement that comes with it,” Jamael said.“We’ve had some good crowds so far this year and hopefully they continue to grow. That always helps having big crowds. It’s easier to play in front of a big crowd, rather than empty bleachers.”

As for the league itself, Ross said he’s impressed with the level of play from all the teams and said the future bodes well for Soccer New Brunswick.

“Every single team can compete and any team can win on any given night, which is a great thing for soccer in this province,”Ross said.

Also on Sunday, P.E.I FC will face the Picaroons Reds (2-1) at 1 p.m. at BMO Centre.

In McCain New Brunswick Premier Women’s Soccer League action, the Fredericton Reds (2-0-1) defeated the Crazy Babes FC (1-2-0) of Edmundston 3-1 on Sunday, June 1. Kayla Painter, Sarah Myatt and Emilie Pelletier scored for the Reds. Melissa Beaulieu replied for the Crazy Babes.

FDSA Wanderers Under 21(0-2) team lost 6-0 to Fundy United (2-1-0) on Wednesday night in Saint John.

Jenn Bergeron fired three goals for Fundy. Melissa Bishop, Erica Adams and Breanna Kettlewell had the others.

The FDSA Wanderers U21 team is on the road Wednesday, June 11, when they travel to Saint John to face Fundy United at 7 p.m.

The Reds host Funday United on Saturday, June 14, at 4 p.m. at BMO Centre.

First Touch blanks Fredericton Reds

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› Moncton soccer team improves its record to 2-0-1 with victory
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Moncton Tom Cormier Co-operators First Touch remain unbeaten in the early going of the McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League season.

First Touch blanked the Fredericton Reds 3-0 yesterday to post a victory in their home opener at Crandall University.

Moncton improved its record to 2-0-1. Fredericton dropped to 1-1.

Connor McCumber and Daniel Mallet scored first-half goals as First Touch took a 2-0 lead into the break.

Harouna Ouedraugo struck for Moncton in the second half, finishing off a nice cross from Alexandre Theriault to extend the lead to three.

Samuel Charron registered the shutout for First Touch. It was his second shutout of the season.

Moncton hosts Fundy United on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Crandall University Field.

Fundy Drops Road Game to Crazy Babes in NBPSLW Action

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Fundy United Women lost 2-0 to the Crazy Babes in Edmunston on Saturday. After a 0-0 first half the Crazy Babes scored early into the 2nd half on a missed header resulting in a breakaway. Liz Nelson made the first save but the Crazy Babes scored off the rebound. A second goal was added late in the 2nd half to seal the win.

Coach Jason Brown indicated that “We had most of the possession in the first half and after giving up a couple of chances early in the game we settled in well and controlled the ball and the tempo but were again struggling in front of goal hitting a couple of posts and missing some easy chances. We simply cannot miss those chances at this level as it will come back to bite you. The second half we were even better in terms of possession and controlling the tempo but again we were very soft and lack precision in front of goal. Crazy Babes on the other hand were not—they had two chances on goal and finished both. We made two defensive errors and it cost us the game. We let the Crazy Babes stay in the game and credit to them they defended with a lot of courage and intensity in front of their own goal and their goalkeeper showed a lot of courage late in the game in challenging our forwards. Today we controlled the game and the ball but they outworked us and played with more desire. We were the better team overall but they deserved this win because they never stopped working and they finished their chances. Our young players can learn a lot about how far hard work and desire will take you as today was a prime example. Overall we were happy with our quality of play but were not pleased with the result . We need to tidy up defensively and be more decisive and precise in the final third if we are to get back on track.”

The Fundy United Women square off against FDSA Wanderers on Wednesday June 4th 7:30pm kick-off at UNBSJ Stadium.

Wanderers battle to scoreless tie

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The FDSA Fredericton Inn Wanderers and Codiac First Touch of Moncton battled it out to scoreless draw Friday night in McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League action.

Wanderers rookie goalkeeper MaKenzie Hill put on a stellar performance to pick up the clean sheet. His counterpart Samuel Charron was just as equal to the task, picking up the clean sheet for Codiac First Touch.

“I was seeing the ball really well out there. All the 50-50 balls when I came out I thought my hands were really solid today. The backline, what can I say? We kept it really solid,”Hill said.

Codiac controlled the play early and managed to get the majority of their scoring chances in the first 30 minutes. The tables turned as the Wanderers started to get used to their new system. Alex Fredericks had the Wanderers’best scoring chance. He just missed putting in a header, the ball going just over the crossbar.

Minutes later, Klinton Doucette of the Wanderers was issued a yellow card after Said Mekary went down hard.

“We only had one practice to try and implement the new system,” said Wanderers co-coach Joe Ross. “In the first half we were a little unsure of how to do things. We made some changes at the half and the boys played really well. We’re really happy with it and we’re starting to mesh as a team.” The Wanderers’ best chance to break the scoreless tie in the second half came in the 70th minute when Marco Riedel blew down the centre of the field, past both Codiac defenders and just missed putting the ball in the bottom left corner. “It was a character match today. It’s always like that when you play the Wanderers,” Codiac coach Patrick Gautreau said in French. “For both teams from a technical perspective it was a match that wasn’t all that great. Both teams can play better than that, but it was still a well-played game defensively on both sides.”

The Wanderers record now stands at 0-2-1 while Codiac is 1-0-1. The Wanderers host PEI FC next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Scotiabank Park South.

Picaroons Reds post shutout win

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The Fredericton Picaroons Reds, who had a win wiped out when FC Chaleur folded, picked up their first official win of the McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League season last night.

Galen Smith, Eric Karosan and Robert Leblanc scored for the P-Reds in a 3-0 win over Fundy United at BMO Field.

Adam Grant picked up the clean sheet in net.

“We’re pleased with the result but not necessarily pleased with the process,” said Picaroons player coach Jon Cross-land. “For long periods of the game, we controlled and dominated and we scored three, but I thought we could have had more to show for.”

Regardless, a win is a win, and the P-Reds will take it.

The game started to turn chippy, with both teams pushing and giving extra shots while battling for possessions.

Smith put the P-Reds up 1-0 in the 10th minute. Smith was battling for the ball with Fundy United defender PJ Ward, who blew a tire and fell to the ground. Smith placed a perfect shot in the bottom corner past keeper Jason Demerchant.

Things would only get worse for Ward and the visitors from the Port City.

Late in the first half, Ward was fighting for the ball and fell to the ground and ended up separating his right shoulder.

Ward was taken off the pitch and, at the half, taken to the hospital by ambulance.

In the second half, the P-Reds generated some good scoring chances early, but Demerchant stood on his head.

Demerchant, 26, is one of the oldest players on the young Fundy United team, which dropped to 0-4.

“Everyone else is either in their teens or their early 20s,” Fundy head coach David Vicente said. “We are a very young team, and that’s some of the things that show: the lack of experience and the know-how. But we’ll get better.”

After Mackenzie Tamblyn rang a shot off the post in the 65th minute, Karosan made it 2-0 10 minutes later and Le-Blanc scored in the 80th minute.