Prince Edward County News


There was plenty of fun despite the scorching sun for the 750 players from the Prince Edward County Soccer Association (PECSA) attending their year-end festival at PECSA Fields on Johnson St., Picton.

The U18 teams put on a great show to kick off the festival weekend on Friday.

There were just enough U18 players for two squads this year, so the PECSA executive got creative and created four squad rosters, with each player technically on two different squads.

Friday’s match was between PEC Storage Solutions (yellow) and Giant Tiger (red). An exciting match ended in a series of penalty shootouts, which saw PEC Storage Solutions come out on top.

Thanks were given to coaches Melanie and Terry, and U18 ref Ron as well as the players for their sportsmanship.

In the Ontario Soccer Association’s development program, competitive play begins at the U14 division.

PECSA U14 teams competed in a round robin tournament on Sunday.

Final Touch (red) and Evan’s Lumber (white) both entered their final match with two wins apiece. Final Touch came out champion of the day.

The U5, U9 and U11 teams played on Saturday, with the U7 teams playing two games on Sunday.

Coach Justin Scanlon was this year’s recipient of the Scott Wentworth Coaching Excellence Award. Coach Justin has done double duty this season coaching U9 teams Kingfisher Financial and U7 Parksvue Farms. Justin has received rave reviews in his nominations, for his outstanding skills as a coach and his ability to keep his players having fun.

Justin Scanlon (left) and Scott Wentworth.

This year, PECSA decided to introduce an award for an outstanding referee. Brennan Vincent is the first recipient of The Ron Stakes Officiating Excellence Award.

Brennan Vincent, right, is the first recipient of The Ron Stakes Officiating Excellence Award.

Brennan has been an umpire with PECSA for several years and the association was grateful that he was able to return after the two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Brennan also opted to upgrade her certifications this season, which allowed her to officiate repeat matches.

Loyalist College generously donated an Oculus Quest 2 at the start of the season, in an effort to encourage enrollment in the U14-U18 age groups. Jack Thompson (right) was the lucky winner. He is seen here with executive member David Walcott.


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