Middleton produced many outstanding female soccer players through the mid to late 1990’s. The MRHS Girls Pitbulls were a manifestation of this comment. Playing in NSSAF Division II in the fall of 1998 the eighteen member squad coached by Greg Bower and Assistant Coach Jay Thompson had an impressive 13 – 2 win-loss record heading into the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Championship.
Hosting the championship on their home turf MRHS first took on the Amherst Vikings who had knocked MRHS out at the Provincial Qualifier the year before. On Friday, November 7, with a huge throng of Blue and Gold supporters cheering them on from the sidelines and the MRHS Jazz Band urging them on the Pitbulls downed the Vikings 5 – 2. MRHS keeper Bronwyn Cox made two timely saves early in the game as Katie Mitchell and Nathalie Steeves tallied twice and Bonnie MacNeil once in leading them to victory. In the other semi-final game that day Forest Heights(Chester area) squeaked by New Glasgow 3 – 2.
Playing in the beautiful fall sunshine for the second day in a row on Saturday, November 7, the Pitbulls were not to be denied. Behind the two goals by Heather O’Donnell and one by Katie MacDougall, MRHS built up a 3 – 0 lead by halftime. Later in the game Forest Heights notched their only goal as the Pitbulls captured their second Provincial win in three seasons.
Members of the MRHS team included: Sarah Book, Natalie Bromley, Sarah Connell, Bronwyn Cox, Kristin Elliott, Katie MacDougall, Janice McLeod, Bonnie MacNeil, Katie Mitchell, Susan Mitchell, Heather O’Donnell, Lindsay Reagh, Tasha Reagh, Christine Richard, Ashlea Sanford, Nathalie Steeves, Amy Toole, Amanda White, and Coaches Greg Bower and Assistant Jay Thompson.
The Sports Heritage Wall of Fame is proud to induct the Middleton Regional High School NSSAF Division II Girls Soccer Champions of 1998-99.