Warriors and Buccaneers battle each other for Junior boys and girls soccer championships

by: Buster Laing, Special to The FN

Ava Barrett scored in the 37th minute, giving the Bishop Michael Eldon Warriors a 2-1 win over Lucaya International Buccaneers in the Grand Bahama Secondary School Athletic Association Arthur Parris /Mary Nabb Junior girls’ soccer championships on Saturday morning at the Y.M.C.A. soccer pitch.
“The game was so intense, we’re on the sidelines hoping and praying because the score was tied 1-1 for a very long time and at the last two or three minutes, Ava and her forwards attacked the goalie because they really wanted the win and they scored,” said Warriors’ coach Tempest Stubbs –Bullard.
”Soccer is not my favorite sport, but I must say that it is my favorite today.  I think our association needs Jamborees like this more often.”
With the score tied at 1-1 in the closing minutes of the game, Barrett found herself in the right place at the right time as she fired a rocket in to the right side of the goal to give the defending champions a dramatic win. 
“It feels very good because we worked extremely hard for it and we practiced a lot as a team and on the weekends we even would come out to practice just to make our kicks accurate,” said Barrett.
“So it feels very good and I’m sure all our parents and guardians are very proud and so are our coaches and school.”
Marisa Vietti scored in the first half for the Warriors and Carlie McBrayer scored the lone goal for the Buccaneers.
“The game was good and we had lots of competition and that first goal was just a mistake and we came back and got our goals. 
“It feels good and I feel that our mission was accomplished,” said Marisa Vietti, who scored the Warriors’ first goal.
Barrett was named MVP.
“It was a fantastic game of soccer and both teams played phenomenal all the way through. 
“They created chances and took those chances even though they missed a couple, but that’s a part of the game,” said Buccaneers’ coach Nigel Kirkby.
“Credit goes to BMES because at the end of the day they had one chance and two minutes to go. Would I liked to have seen it go into extra time? Of course I would, but they did a fantastic job. 
“I’m very proud of my ladies they’ve played very well through the season; they’ve worked the game plans pulled up their skills, stuck to it and gave it their heart. 
“There are a lot of upset and disappointed girls right now, but they’ll bounce back and we’ll be back next season. “
Note: Tabernacle Baptist Academy Falcons finished third 
Junior Boys Championship 

Lucayan International 1
Bishop Michael Eldon 0 

The Lucaya International Buccaneers surprised the basketball world by defeating powerhouse Tabernacle Baptist Academy in the G.B.S.S.A.A. Basketball finals, then on a hot Saturday afternoon, the Lucaya International junior boys was also “red hot” as they knocked off last year’s champions Bishop Michael Eldon Warriors 1-0 behind Spencer Graham who scored the game’s only goal, in Junior Boys Soccer Championships.
“The boys really worked hard all season.  They have improved their game, they are learning how to become good soccer players and they are having fun doing it. This is what it is all about,” said Buccaneers’ coach Nigel Kirby.
“It was a fantastic game heading into the final minutes, it could have gone either way. Thankfully we got the goal ahead of them this time.”
The Buccaneers got even after an earlier lost in the junior girls championship, courtesy of the foot of MVP Graham. 
“My teammate gave me a perfect pass and I was able to score the goal, and it feels awesome,” said Graham.
Over 100 parents and teachers supported the championship games on a hot Saturday morning and afternoon. 
“Half the battle in sports is getting the parents to get the children out on time, getting them to understand the discipline and how to play …having the support really helps the children play well,” said Kirkby.

Note: The Tabernacle Baptist Academy Falcons finished third.
Other championship
Senior Girls 
Bishop Michael Eldon 2, Sunland Baptist Academy 1 (penalty shootout)
MVP: Tyler Symonette 
Note: Jack Hayward finished third.
Senior Boys 
Bishop Michael Eldon 1, Lucayan International 0 
MVP: Harry Johnson 
Note: Tabernacle Baptist finished third.

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