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"Tye's a 'tough, tough loss'


Cindy Tye's senior soccer season is over before it's started.

Tye, a midfield marvel with Scotia Elegant Flooring of the women's Nova Scotia Soccer League Premiership, underwent allograft ACL surgery on her right knee last month. Two other key veteran players, defender Brigitte L'Heureux and forward Joanne Coxon, also won't suit up this season.

"Cindy's as key a player as you can have," Scotia head coach John Kehoe said. "She's a tough, tough loss."

Tye sustained the original injury after being tackled from behind in an away game versus Cape Breton last July. She mulled the decision to have the surgery sooner, but 'life got in the way.'

The 34-year-old Tye, a former national team player, was league MVP in 2005. Her surgery was April 11.

"I could have functionned well with a brace, but I wouldn't have liked it, so I decided on surgery," Tye said. "It's never a good time to take a month off, but April seemed like the best bet. They put in a new ACL because mine wasn't there anymore. I got one from a donor, but everything's gone well.

"There's no sense stressing about it. That never helps."

Tye missed last year's provincials, but her time away from the game opened up other areas of her life. She obtained her national B coaching certification and now coaches the under-13 girls provincial team. A Grade 8 teacher at West Hants Middle School, she's also begun her Masters of Education degree one day per week and is the proud mother of three-year-old Emma.

"I'm pretty fortunate this didn't happen 10 years ago and that it happened during a natural transgression into other things," Tye said. "I feel bad for younger players who have to go through something like this."

Tye still loves playing the game and hasn't ruled out a return next season.

"I enjoy being around the girls," Tye said. "There's some very talented players who are going to do very well for themselves."

L'Heureux, a twenty-something all-star and the main cog on the back line, has nagging knee troubles. Coxon, a former Golden Boot Award winner, is committed to coaching a youth team, among other things.

The departures means a youthful Scotia club has less time to develop; the club blanked Dartmouth 1-0 in last year's provincial semifinal before losing to Halifax County Athens 2-0 in the championship game. Heidi Pentz is an emerging star, while youth standout Kelly Burgess has moved up from the under-18 ranks.

Veteran midfielder Danielle Hotchkiss, who scored 16 goals to claim last year's Golden Boot Award, is team captain.

"Players like Lindsay Flinn, Laura Walker, Laura Shea, Katie Little and Kate McDonald who may not have taken a leadership role in the past are put in those positions now," Hotchkiss said. "They're more comfortable. We have to depend on each other more than ever now and don't put pressure on any individual players. We're all in this together as a team."

Scotia plays Dartmouth United Super City Windows in the season opener at the Burnside FieldTurf on Sat. May 12."

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"Champs have new look

Co-coaches, 16-year-old Gaudet lead HCU Athens into Premiership defence


The women’s EastLink Premiership begins play this Saturday and the four-time defending provincial champions are starting the season with a pair of new coaches.

Kate Robinson and Belinda Campbell will co-coach HCU Athens this year, replacing Bob Rumscheidt who moved to Ottawa last fall.

Campbell is handling the technical side, while Robinson is dealing with the organizational aspects of running a team. They say they complement each other and things are running smoothly so far.

Along with the new coaches, the team is looking to a new player to make a difference. Melissa Gaudet is a 16-year-old midfielder and younger sister of Derek Gaudet. Derek is a prominent player with Halifax Dunbrack in the men’s Premiership.

"Gaudet, when she’s on the ball, looks like somebody twice her age in terms of experience, strength and composure," says Campbell.

Gaudet and Jenny Holland, both with the national training centre, will be joining a strong group of returning players that includes Andrea Gillespie, Ally Read, Mary Beth Bowie and Leanne Huck, who was nominated for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport female athlete of the year award for 2006-07.

The provincial championships are scheduled for Aug. 24-26 at the Mainland North Fields in Clayton Park and Halifax will play host to the senior national championships on Thanksgiving weekend, Oct. 3-8.

Here’s how the other teams look this season:


The fate of this team is in the hands of a small group of players who are trying to decide whether they’re going to play this year.

"I think we have a more talented starting 11 than last year," says coach Stephen MacDermid. "If we had these three or four extra girls, we’d have the bench strength to go with it."

Roughly half of the players from last year’s team won’t be back this season because of work and family commitments.

MacDermid wants to keep his new players secret, but he was willing to list Katie Spicer and Kiley Snow, both midfielders with the Cape Breton Capers, as important additions.


Despite losing veteran midfielder Laura Scharf, who’s moving to Regina to join the RCMP, coach Jeff Aucoin likes his team’s chances of making the playoffs.

Kim Walton, Jeanette Huck, Erin Keating and goalkeeper Cristina Barrerio are all back, and two players are returning from injury. Striker Sarah Drake and defender Katie Aucoin, who missed all of last season, have both recovered from knee injuries.

The team should get another boost when Stephanie Power and Spenser Allaway return from their schools in the United States.


Last year’s semifinal berth gave this young team some much-needed experience. That, and the addition of two veteran players, has coach Carl Hayre feeling optimistic.

"I certainly think we have a good shot at making the provincial finals," says Hayre.

Sarah D’Appollia, a midfielder in her third-year with the University of Ottawa and Stephanie Collins, a defender with Dalhousie three years ago, are the two main additions this season.

Two younger players should help as well. Brianna Ford, a versatile midfielder up from City’s Under-18 team and Christine Hardie, a Canada Games veteran and starting midfielder for Dalhousie.


Coach Archie Morrison believes his team is much improved, with upgrades to experience and speed, but there’s a problem to deal with — they have no goaltender.

Former keeper Becky Hazen let the team know last week that she was leaving to join the reserves.

Morrison notes the team has three players who have played goal in the league, but he’s not sure who will be in net for the team’s game this Sunday.

Other than the lack of a keeper, Morrison says the team has no weak spots.


"We want to be competitive for 90 minutes every game," says coach Travis Gunn, whose team is in their first year in the Premiership.

The New Glasgow team is drawing players from Pictou and Colchester Counties, quite a few of whom have experience in the CIS, while some were developed in Highland’s under-18 program.

Melanie Hill, a winger with St. Francis Xavier, and Jackie Fitt, the University of New Brunswick’s keeper, are two players to watch. Leah MacNeil, a midfielder who went to the nationals with the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, should also make a significant contribution.


This team has made it to the provincial final in each of the last two years, but coach John Kehoe is not setting his sights too high just yet. He’s aiming for a top-four finish in the regular season.

"When you get there (to the playoffs,) then you can refocus," says Kehoe.

The team will have to do it without Cindy Tye, a former national team player, and Brigitte L’Heureux, an all-star last year, who are both out for the season with knee injuries.

Returning are Heidi Pentz, Katie Little, Courtney MacGray and the league’s scoring leader, Danielle Hotchkiss. Those four will have to provide leadership for younger players like Kelly Burgess, who has led the under-18 league in scoring the past two seasons."

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