The Cowichan Cougars can’t catch a break.
After losing on late goals in their previous two Over 30A women’s soccer matches, the Cougars were determined to put an end to their losing streak as they hosted Prospect Lake last Sunday. Things played out a little differently, but the result was the same as Prospect Lake got past Cowichan by a 2-1 final score.
The Cougars looked to be the stronger side in the early going and generated several shots, but Prospect Lake went against the flow to open the scoring.
“It was an unfortunate goal on all sides,” Cowichan coach Darian Achurch said. “The pass from our player was slowed by the thick grass and they were able to get in past our defence. Our goalie, Sara Tweten, actually stopped the breakaway but the ball deflected twice and still ended up in the back of our net.”
The bad luck continued for the host team. Every time the Cougars started to mount an attack, the ball would carom off a knee, hit a defender, or narrowly miss the net.
“It was very frustrating,” Cowichan midfielder Venessa MacDowell said. “We controlled the play and strung a number of good passes together, but we just couldn’t put the ball in their net.”
Cowichan was pushing for the tying goal in the last five minutes when Prospect Lake managed to get another ball past Tweten, marking the first time in four matches this season that the Cougars had trailed by more than a single goal. Down 2-0, they continued to push. MacDowell rang a shot off the crossbar with two minutes left, and Jen Bayley headed in the rebound to give her team some hope. Time ran out before the Cougars were able to find the equalizer.
The Cougars will have another chance to end their losing streak at home this weekend when they host Juan De Fuca at Evans Park on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Cowichan’s other entry in the Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association, the Div. 2 Outlaws, lost by an identical 2-1 score last Sunday, on the road against Gorge, getting their lone goal from Amber Cook.
“Is was a fairly even match,” said Kevin James, who filled in behind the bench for coach Neall Rowlings. “We had a spell of about 20 minutes where we lost our shape and it cost us. The girls worked hard and battled back but just came up a bit short.”
Emily Lindsay was named Player of the Game for the Outlaws, while Hillary Fisher was a standout at centre back.
The Outlaws will also be at home this Sunday, hosting the league-leading Saanich Fusion Cascades on the Sherman Road turf at noon.