Cowichan Cougars earn win and a loss

A Castaways defender wants to clear the ball from her own zone but midfielder Monni Savory has other ideas. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)A Castaways defender wants to clear the ball from her own zone but midfielder Monni Savory has other ideas. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
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Left: Monni Savory leaps into action against an opponent during Cowichan’s Sept. 25 home loss. Right: Cowichan’s Ali Garnett battles for the ball. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)Left: Monni Savory leaps into action against an opponent during Cowichan’s Sept. 25 home loss. Right: Cowichan’s Ali Garnett battles for the ball. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

The Cowichan over 30 ladies soccer team was reminded on Sunday that you can’t win them all. Following their provincial cup victory in the spring, the Cowichan Cougars opened their season with a 3-2 win over Prospect Lake.

Mel Findlater’s goal in the 25th minute got them started.

The Cougars dominated possession to start the second half and were rewarded with a goal five minutes into the half after a great individual effort by Ashley Stultz. “I just tried to get the ball into a dangerous position,” remarked Stultz. “I was happy that I was able to sneak it past the goalie in the end.”

After a Lakers goal, Stacey DeLusignan converted the penalty shot awarded when Monni Savory was hauled down in the box. Prospect Lake got another one, but it wasn’t enough as Cowichan got the 3-1 victory and carried on with their winning ways.

All that winning ground to a halt on Sunday at Evans Park, however, when the ladies were handed a tidy 4-1 loss from a strong Castaways team.

Admittedly short-handed, Cowichan gave up the first goal relatively early on and while they got it back quickly, the Castaways wouldn’t stop pushing. They pushed all the way to a 3-1 lead at the half.

Cowichan continued to work hard on defending their net, even after injuries had the team playing with only nine players. Castaways added one more goal to make the score 4-1 before the final whistle.

“I am so proud of the ladies for playing hard through adversity this week,” said Courtenay McGeachy, who was filling in as coach. “It was a struggle on a hot day but they all played well.”

The Cougars will play their next game at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2 at the Sherman Road turf.

Cobras Strike

In other women’s soccer news, the Division 3 women’s team, the Cobras, got their first win Sept. 24, when they beat Bays United 3-0.

Keeper Beverly Laughlin earned the shutout while goals came from Kaylynn Rowlings, Jenna Stinka, and Kelsey Campbell. The Cobras had played to a 1-1 draw with the Ladysmith Strikers the week before with Stinka scoring Cowichan’s only goal.

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