The Tantramar Regional High School boy's varsity soccer team recently wrapped up another successful season.
Although technically only a AA school, TRHS competed in the highly competitive AAA southeastern High school soccer league, playing against much larger schools, and impressively ended the regular season in second place. In semi-final play last week, the Titans defeated Moncton High in a close and tense game in front of a sizable crowd. The final score was 2-1. Liam Conrad and Jaryd Morrissey netted Tantramar’s goals, while Liam MacDougall made several key stops in net. This win puts the TRHS team into the district final against Ecole L’Odysee and guarantees them a spot at the New Brunswick regional championships in Bathurst on October 26th to play for the chance to compete for the provincial championship the following weekend.
Coach Gene Ouellette and assistant Connor McCumber are proud of the improved dedication and play the team has shown over the past few weeks. This year’s team is a mix of senior Grade 12 players, including captains James Sumerby-Murray, Zachary Snowdon and Jaryd Morrissey, and younger players in Grades 9-11, yet the team is a cohesive unit on the field. They finished the regular season with the best plus/minus statistics in the league, proving they are a capable offense when it comes to scoring goals, and yet still a strong team defensively.
This will be the third time the TRHS boys have made it to the AAA regional championships in the now seven years Ouellette has served as head coach; Connor McCumber was on one of those teams himself (in 2008) and has coached many of these same players in the summer league, where they won the league title this past summer.
Together, coaches Ouellette and McCumber are looking forward to the challenges of district and regional championship games, and are extremely optimistic about the team’s chances moving forward in their quest for the AAA soccer title.