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Cowichan Cougars bow out one game short of provincial final

No three-peat for masters soccer women
Ashley Stultz (centre) was the Player of the Game in the Cowichan Cougars’ provincial semi-final loss to Gorge FC this past weekend. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

The Cowichan Cougars’ quest for a three-peat has been dashed.

The masters women’s soccer team fell 5-1 to Gorge FC this past weekend in the provincial semi-final, ending their season one game too soon.

The scoreline doesn’t accurately depict the storyline however as Cowichan suffered two own-goals, and a third goal was permitted for Gorge, despite one of their players kicking the ball out of goalkeeper Jen Mann’s hand, which in the LIWSA league is a foul.

Despite that, head coach Darian Achurch said the better team won.

“Gorge got off to an early lead with a couple dubious goals,” head coach Darian Achurch conceded. By halftime it was 4-0 Gorge.

Gorge missed two penalty shots, which could have blown the game open.

Cowichan Player of the Match Ashley Stultz did score near the end of the game but it did little to change the result as Gorge also scored a second-half goal and went on to win 5-1 and advance to the provincial final on April 27 at Goudy Field in Langford.

Achurch is proud of the Cougars for not only this game but the whole season.

“They had some highs and lows but were a great group of ladies to coach and multiple teams shared how they like playing against us because we ‘play the game right’,” he said.