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The FDSA Fredericton Inn Wanderers ended up on the short side of two tightly contested battles in Charlottetown this weekend versus PEI FC.

After falling 2-0 in Saturday contest, the Wanderers allowed a late goal to drop a 2-1 decision on Sunday. In the Sunday affair which saw multiple bookings and sendings off delivered the Wanderers were level at 1-1 with 10 minutes remaining on the strength of a Zach Wood-Seems penalty kick. But, the team could not hold on as went an extra man down late and squandered the point.

The team is back in action on Friday as they host Codiac First Touch at 7:30pm at Scotiabank Park South.

Un but ambitieux pour le First Touch

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Publié: 21 h 25 min, Jeudi 22 mai 2014 par Stéphane Paquette dans L’Acadie Nouvelle
MONCTON – Nouveau nom, nouveaux joueurs et nouvel objectif. À leur cinquième année d’existence, le Tom Cormier Co-operators First Touch de Moncton ne vise rien de moins que le titre de la Ligue de soccer Premier du Nouveau-Brunswick cet été. Un but ambitieux puisque le circuit est dominé par les deux équipes de Fredericton depuis plusieurs années.

L’entraîneur Patrick Gautreau en est convaincu: son groupe n’a plus rien à envier aux deux puissances de la Capitale provinciale, les Wanderers et les Reds.

«Nous avons eu une rencontre cet hiver, et sans hésiter, les gars ont dit qu’ils voulaient la première place. On sait ce qu’on veut et on sait comment s’y rendre. Il n’y a pas d’excuse», assure-t-il avec conviction.

Le First Touch a toutefois du pain sur la planche puisque les deux équipes de Fredericton, le Fundy United et le Prince Edward Island FC se sont aussi améliorés durant l’hiver.

Sauf que Gautreau et ses adjoints, Saïd Mekary et Adam MacPherson, ne se sont pas tourné les pouces non plus.

Ils ont notamment puisé au sein de l’équipe des Aigles Bleus de l’Université de Moncton pour recruter le milieu de terrain Christian Yapi.

Le First Touch ajoute également l’attaquant Martial Ouattara, qui évoluait en France la saison dernière.

De plus, le milieu de terrain Antonie Godin, également du Bleu et Or, sera disponible pour toute rencontre de son équipe cet été.

Le retour en santé de Saïd Mekary, qui a raté la moitié de la dernière campagne à la suite d’une blessure à une cheville, sera aussi un atout de taille dans le jeu de Patrick Gautreau.

L’équipe de Moncton a également l’intention de modifier légèrement son style de jeu pour atteindre son objectif ultime.

«On doit jouer un style haute pression face aux autres équipes pour avoir du succès. On ne peut pas leur laisser trop de place sur le terrain parce qu’ils peuvent nous faire mal. On l’a vu l’an passé», explique l’entraîneur du First Touch.

En 2013, la bande à Patrick Gautreau avait terminé au quatrième rang du classement (avec une fiche de 10-6), avant de baisser pavillon en demi-finale.

Malgré tout, l’entraîneur a raison d’être optimiste puisque son équipe a remporté les grands honneurs du tournoi préparatoire la semaine dernière, avec des victoires de 3 à 0 face aux Reds de Fredericton, de 2 à 0 contre le Valley United (Nouvelle-Écosse) et de 5 à 1 en finale face à Dartmouth (Nouvelle-Écosse).

C’est donc du soccer de haut calibre qui attend les amateurs cet été.

«C’est la meilleure équipe que nous n’avons jamais eue. Nous avons plus de maturité et surtout plus de talent», assure celui qui en sera à sa troisième campagne à la barre de l’équipe.

Seule ombre au tableau en 2014: le retrait du FC Chaleur, qui n’a pu regrouper assez de joueurs pour poursuivre l’aventure dans la Ligue Premier.

Un circuit de fort calibre grâce au soccer mineur

L’avenir s’annonce prometteur dans la Ligue de soccer Premier du Nouveau-Brunswick puisque toutes les équipes mettent de plus en plus de temps et d’efforts pour développer les jeunes joueurs.

Chacune des équipes du circuit possède maintenant son propre système de soccer mineur, qui sert à alimenter la formation du niveau senior.

C’est ce qui explique, selon Patrick Gautreau, le succès des deux équipes de Fredericton depuis plusieurs années,

«Ils ont un excellent programme de soccer mineur. Ils ont également deux universités (St Thomas et UNB) et de très bons entraîneurs, ce qui favorise le développement des jeunes joueurs», souligne-t-il.

Le First Touch veut donc s’inspirer de ce modèle pour assurer son propre avenir.

Et les premiers résultats sont convaincants.

«On commence à voir les jeunes pousser dans notre système. Nous avons deux jeunes qui ont participé récemment au camp de l’équipe nationale des moins de 15 ans (Dante Borsella et Toussaint Mumbili)», indique Gautreau.

Les deux athlètes de Moncton sont les deux premiers depuis l’Acadien Olivier Babineau il y a une douzaine d’années à mériter une invitation de l’équipe nationale.

Un signe évident que la nouvelle approche du First Touch est la bonne.

First Touch win opener

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First Touch win opener
Times & TranscripT sTaff
SAINT JOHN • The Moncton Tom Cormier Co-operators First Touch opened the McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League season with a 3-1 road win over Fundy United last night.

Antonie Godin, Alexandre Theriault and Connor McCumber tallied for First Touch.

Moncton scored three straight second-half goals to take a 3-0 lead. Fundy’s lone marker came on a penalty shot by Mark Allison.

Fundy dropped to 0-3 on the season.

First Touch visits the Fredericton Wanderers next Friday. Moncton will play its home opener against the Fredericton Reds on June 1 at 6 p.m. at the Harrison Trimble High School field.

First Touch visits Fundy United in opener

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Premier soccer loop kicks off
First Touch visits Fundy United in opener May 22
NEiL HoDGE Times & TranscripT
SAINT JOHN • After a delay, the Moncton Tom Cormier Co-operators First Touch is finally set to begin the regular season.

“We’ve been training about three times per week since training camp began on April 16,” said Moncton head coach Patrick Gautreau.“The boys are ready. Everybody was expecting to get the season started on Sunday, (but the game was cancelled because Chaleur FC dropped out of the league last week).

“I know the boys were disappointed that we didn’t play on Sunday. Now, they’re even more anxious for our first game and I’ve got to hold them back. We have our best team ever and everybody’s anxious to get the season started. The guys are hungry and ready to showcase what they’re all about”

Moncton will begin the McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League regular season by facing Fundy United tonight at 8:30 p.m. at the Canada Games Stadium in Saint John.

The five-team league is rounded out by the defending champion Fredericton Wanderers, Fredericton Reds, Fundy United and Prince Edward Island FC. Teams play a 12-game schedule in the regular season with three contests against each opponent.

P.E.I. doesn’t participate in the playoffs. All four New Brunswick teams make the playoffs.

Moncton, which was known as Codiac First Touch in the past, finished fourth in the league last season and lost in the league semifinal.

Moncton won the pre-season Maritime Champions League Tournament two weeks ago, an event that had eight teams from the three Maritime provinces.

“We have 80 per cent of our (22-man) roster from last season back,” said Gautreau.“That makes it easier to get prepared for this season because there’s a lot of familiarity among our players. We’re looking at some key partnerships. Our two centrebacks have returned from last season.

“We have partnerships on the wings. We have a brand new central midfield. We only added four or five players to the mix this year. We’re looking to be a team that plays aggressive soccer. We’re looking to play a high-pressure game. We’re looking to play on the wings. We have very fast, technically sound wingers.”

P.E.I. sits atop the league at 2-0 and Fundy United is 0-2. Moncton and both Fredericton teams haven’t yet played a game.

P.E.I. pounded Fundy United 7-0 and 7-1 in the league’s only games so far this season, but Gautreau insists Moncton won’t take its first opponent lightly tonight.

“I know the Fundy United team,” he said.“I know the head coach very well. Jason Brown is a very good coach. He’s a very good tactician. He has a very young team, and that’s a big issue for them. They’re looking to develop their young guys and push them through the ranks.

“It’s really a building year for their team, but none of the games in this league are going to be easy. Fundy United plays with a lot of passion. I know that if we show up flat they’re going to give us a really good game.”

The league is primarily for players age 19 and over. Moncton will play its home opener against the Fredericton Reds on June 1 at 6 p.m. at the Harrison Trimble High School field.

The Moncton Tom Cormier Co-operators First Touch First Touch expects to contend

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First Touch expects to contend
Moncton team opens soccer league season next week
neil hodge Times & TranscripT May 17th

The Moncton Tom Cormier Co-operators First Touch have never captured the championship in the McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League.

“This is the best team we’ve ever had, said Moncton head coach Patrick Gautreau.“We expect to be among the contenders this season. We’ve got more maturity than in the past. We haven’t lost a lot of players over the years. We started a few years ago with a young group and now everybody has experience at this level.

“The league is now in its fifth year but the first year was very difficult. It was a pilot season and not the strongest calibre. You could say this is the fourth year that we have a serious league with a good calibre.”

The five-team league is rounded out by the defending champion Fredericton Wanderers, Fredericton Reds, Fundy United and Prince Edward Island FC. Teams play a 12-game schedule in the regular season with three contests against each opponent.

P.E.I. doesn’t participate in the playoffs. All four New Brunswick teams make the playoffs.

Moncton, which was known as Codiac First Touch in the past, finished fourth in the league last season and lost in the league semifinal. Moncton won the pre-season Maritime Champions League Tournament last weekend, an event that had eight teams from the three Maritime provinces.

Moncton was scheduled to begin the regular season tomorrow, but its opponent – Chaleur FC – dropped out of the league this week. First Touch will now play its first game on the road against Fundy United on Thursday.

“I think the biggest challenge for us is going to be the defending champion Fredericton Wanderers and the Fredericton Reds,” said Gautreau, who’s in his third season as Moncton head coach.

Moncton will play its home opener against the Reds on June 1 at 6 p.m. at the Harrison Trimble High School field.

“I would say the depth of our team is a strength,” said Gautreau. “We have a roster that’s 22 players deep. Any player can have an impact at any time during the game. I like the versatility that our group brings.

“Some of the players are very technical. Some of the players are very physical. Some of the players have speed or they have height. We have a different arsenal of weapons that we can use at different positions.”

P.E.I. is off to a 2-0 start after posting 7-0 and 7-1 wins over Fundy United last weekend. Fundy United is 0-2. Moncton and both Fredericton teams haven’t yet opened their regular season schedule.

The league is primarily for the top players age 19 and over. There are no games on the schedule this weekend.

“The Fredericton Wanderers won the championship last season so they definitely deserve to be recognized among the contenders,” said Moncton fullback Adam MacPherson. “The Fredericton Reds are a perennial contender and P.E.I. has an extremely strong group of players.

“We have a really good squad this season. We’re definitely a lot stronger than last season. We have a lot of depth. Half the players who would’ve been starters on the team last year are coming off the bench this year. Any of the 22 players on the roster are good enough to start.”

MacPherson was asked if Moncton is more of an attacking team or a defensive team.

“We’re a little of both,” he said. “We have some really high-end talent and speed upfront and we have some really solid possession lockdown defenders. They just hold onto the ball, maintain possession and give our strikers a chance to get to where they need to be It’s exciting when I look at our roster.”

P.E.I. F.C. scores lopsided victories

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P.E.I. F.C. scores lopsided victories
Jason Malloy Published on May 11, 2014 in Guardian

Ten different players score on opening weekend of premier soccer league action

Depth was key for SoccerStop P.E.I. F.C. in opening the McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League on the weekend with a pair of lopsided victories.

P.E.I. swept Fundy United, winning 7-0 on Saturday and 7-1 on Sunday at UPEI. The host squad had a full bench while Fundy’s coach suited up to give the visitors 11 players.

“It’s definitely a confidence-boosting weekend for the team,” Jared Murphy said Sunday. “All of the guys are really happy with the results and look forward to playing some more games.”

Cole MacMillan scored twice to pace P.E.I. F.C. Saturday during a wet, windy day at the UPEI turf.

Scoring singles were Dillon Wight, Jimmy Mayaleh, Brett Hogan, Jared Murphy and Adam Lowther.

Harmi Singh scored twice on Sunday while Charles Aondo, Dan McAleer, Matt Thomson, Murphy and Lowther notched singles.

Ten different players scored their first goal of the season during the weekend, which Murphy said helps players’ confidence early in the year.

P.E.I. F.C. was able to score early in both contests and didn’t let up. Having fresh legs ready to come in and give the starters a break helped the team continue to apply pressure during both contests.

“The depth on the team is there this summer,” Murphy said. “That’s what we can do when we have a full squad.”

Brett MacDonald was the winning keeper for both games with the only blemish being a first half goal Sunday on a penalty kick.

Murphy said the players would enjoy the opening weekend success, but know they have to continue to practice hard during the next two weeks for their next opponent.

P.E.I. returns to the pitch Saturday, May 24, when it hosts the Fredericton Wanderers at 2 p.m. The teams play Sunday, May 25, at 1 p.m. with both games being played at UPEI. The Island squad will then hit the road for the next five games before hosting Codiac First Touch on Friday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Getting off to a good start in the league is important, making the next two home games important for P.E.I. F.C.

“Last year we came out flat-footed in the first few games, we lost several points and that hurt us in the end,” Murphy said. “It’s important to get those points at home in front of your fans.”

Elsewhere around the league, the Fredericton Wanderers defeated F.C. Chaleur 3-0 on Saturday while the Fredericton Reds blanked Chaleur 7-0 on Sunday.

Wanderers get off on the right foot

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McCain Premier Soccer | Defending champs blank short-staffed Chaleur
ROBERT JOHNSON THE DAILY GLEANER may 12

The reigning McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer league champion the FDSA Fredericton Inn Wanderers opened the 2014 season with a dominating 3-0 win against FC Chaleur Saturday night at Scotiabank Park South.

After a tough exhibition tournament in Moncton on the previous weekend, where the Wanderers went 0-3, they came out Saturday and looked like the team that won it all last year.

The team lost five players from last year’s championship team, but added three new players to the lineup who fit in perfectly in their first match.

Goal scorers for the Wanderers were David Jamael, Zach Wood-Seems and Carl Speed. They were backed by rookie keeper Mackenzie Hill who picked up the shutout in the win.

The win gave Joe Ross his first career victory as a senior head coach.

“I think the Moncton tournament gave our guys a chance to get comfortable with the veteran players.We bonded as a team and that’s what allowed us to come and play the way we did today,”he said.

There was light rain throughout the match,and that may have favoured Fredericton on the first goal. There was some confusion in the box, until Jamael headed it past Chaleur’s keeper Marc Alexandre Legacy to give the Wanderers their first goal and the only goal they would need.

Chaleur had enough players to field a team, but that’s it. They didn’t have anyone on the bench, including coaches. Once Fredericton scored the first goal that was basically it for the road team, as the Wanderers controlled the play for the remainder of the match.

The first half ended with Fredericton up 1-0, but they had countless chances to add to the lead.

“There was definitely some rust in the beginning,but I thought we settled down as the game went on”said midfielder Michael Corby.

Fredericton made sure to capitalize on their scoring chances in the second half, and that’s exactly what they did. Speed scored in the 65th minute to open a commanding 2-0 lead.

Just for good measure, Wood-Seems made it 3-0 on a header with less than 15 minutes remaining in the match.

Hill, who played for the New Brunswick Canada games team last year was great in net, making timely saves when it was still scoreless. He continued his strong play throughout the match and eventually picked up a shutout in his first game with the club.

“I thought for a home opener we played a pretty good game. I think the Moncton tournament helped us dust off the rust and prepare us for the regular season”said Jamael.

“We seemed to control the pace, dominated possession, and capitalize on scoring chances. Hopefully we can build on this win, and keep it going forward”

Ben Griffin left the game with a bloody nose and did not return.

The Wanderers are back in action May 24-25 with a two game series in Charlottetown against P.E.I. FC.

“We have a solid group of players who are going to come and play hard every game and that’s what we saw today,”said rookie head coach Ross.

P-Reds dominant in season debut

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P-Reds dominant in season debut
ROBERT JOHNSON THE DAILY GLEANER may 12
After losing in last year’s McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League final to the Fredericton Inn Wanderers, The Fredericton Picaroons Reds opened up their season with a dominating 7-0 win against FC Chaleur at Scotiabank Park North Sunday afternoon.

Ben Law led the way with three goals in the victory, while Galen Smith, Karel Prickett, Eric Karosan and Robert Leblanc scored singles. Adam Grant came away with the shutout.

The Reds picked up right where they left off last weekend, when they went 2-1 and finished third in the Maritime Champions League tournament in Moncton.

It was a tough weekend for Chaleur, outscored 10-0 on their weekend road trip to Fredericton. They lost their season opener 3-0 to the defending champion FDSA Fredericton Wanderers Saturday night (See separate story).

Nevertheless, Chaleur keeper Marc Alexandre Legacy played well in both games.

The Reds picked up where they left off after a 2-1 record at the preseason exhibition tournament in Moncton last weekend.

“The tournament gave a core group of guys the opportunity to get some games under their belt before the start of the season. It also gave us a chance to talk about some things and be prepared for today,” said head coach Dave Rouse.

It was an onslaught from the opening kickoff, as the Reds were on attack the entire match.

“We went into this no matter how the game was going to go, playing at a higher pace. We wanted to get rid of some of the bad habits that have crept into our game these past few years; and, we created a lot of scoring chances, some that went in, some that didn’t,” said Rouse.

The highlight of the match, besides Law’s hat trick was when Prickett curled one in off a corner kick in the first half, shocking both spectators and teammates.

With the score getting out of hand in the second half, there were signs of friction on the short-staffed Chaleur team: players argued over every misplaced pass. The Reds took advantage, scoring three quick goals.

Each team was given two yellow cards despite an overall clean game.

Rouse liked what he saw, but sees lots of room for improvement before the two local entries go head-to-head next month.

“We are not even close to where we want to be, but for the first game of the season, there were a lot of good things I saw with our team,” said Rouse.

The P-Reds’ next game will May 24 when they travel to Petit-Rocher to face FC Chaleur again.

FDSA Fredericton Inn Wanderers win Opener

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The FDSA Fredericton Inn Wanderers opened their McCain New Brunswick Premier League season with a 3-0 win over FC Chaleur Saturday night at Scotiabank Park South. David Jamael opened the scoring for the defending champs with a header goal off a scramble in the box. The scored remained 1-0 at halftime. In the second half, Zach Wood-Seems scored on a free kick and Carl Speed scored off a header in the last 15 minutes to complete the scoring. Rookie keeper Mackenzie Hill, in his first start with the Senior club recorded the shutout and made a couple of nice stops in doing so. Marc Alexandre Legacy took the loss in nets for FC Chaleur.

The Wanderers are off for the long weekend and return to action May 24th and 25th in Charlottetown against PEI FC.
Thanks for your support last night and Happy Mothers Day to all the mom supporters out there.

Fundy Win Home Opener in NBPSLW

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In their home opener Fundy United squeezed by Crazy Babes 1-0 on a goal by Kelsey Duplessis. The Saint John rain and wind certainly made for difficult conditions for both teams as they started off fairly even. As the 1st half progressed Fundy united began to control possession but struggled to find the final pass or quality in front of goal.

Head coach Jason Brown stated that “Our goal in this game was to find some chemistry and control the tempo in attack and defend in an organized manner. With so many new players passing the ball quickly and keeping everyone involved was key. We controlled well in attack but lacked consistency and were vulnerable to the counter attacking speed of Crazy Babes. They (CB) worked very hard and closed space quickly.”.

In the 2nd half Fundy United had the wind and moved to a more attacking back three. Brown indicated that “We not only wanted the ball more but were much more efficient in our support and allowed the ball to circulate quickly. We really began to control the game and created a lot of chances while being more organized defensively. Unfortunately we were rusty in front of goal and credit to the Crazy Babes they played the full ninety. We now have two weeks of training to build more chemistry and establish how we want to play. This very young team is hungry for success and they will learn a lot of valuable lessons this year as we strive to be a force in the McCain NBPSLW.”