In just two weeks, the Cowichan Outlaws have rocketed from 10th place in Div. 2 of the Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association to seventh.
Just one week after picking up their first victory of the 2016-17 season, the Outlaws rolled to a dominant 4-0 win over Saanich Celosen at John Williams Field.
“This group of girls is training hard with 18 team members at each practice and game,” coach Neall Rowlings said.
Emily Lindsay, Tiara Enger, Natasha Tymo and Rachel Pugh did the scoring for Cowichan, while goalkeeper Kaitlynne Lewis continued the strong play that has seen her allow just two goals in the last three games, and captain Hillary Fisher was a stalwart at centre back.
Seventh place will keep the Outlaws safe from relegation to Div. 3, but the team wants to do better than that.
“The girls aren’t OK with moving out of relegation zone, and they want to keep climbing the ranks,” Rowlings said.
With the exception of Cowichan LMG, who beat the V.I. Wave in their Div. 1 match last weekend, Cowichan’s Vancouver Island Soccer League teams did not fare as well as the Outlaws.
In Div. 3, Cowichan Red Arrow lost 2-1 on the road against the Alberni Athletics on Saturday. Miles Boulton, who scored Red Arrow’s lone goal, was named game MVP.
In Masters A, the Cowichan 49ers suffered their second loss in a row, and their second overall this season, as they fell 3-0 to SFFC Old School on Saturday. Richard Lord was named game MVP for the Niners, who slid into second place in their division.
In Masters C, the Cowichan Steelheads were beaten 5-0 by Peninsula FC last Friday. Sid Branch took home game MVP honours.
In Div. 2, Cowichan United had a bye last weekend.
If conditions allow, this is the schedule for the upcoming week:
On Saturday, United will visit Vantreights, Red Arrow will visit Campbell River Cermaq, the 49ers will visit SFFC Internationals, and the Steelheads will visit Lakehill Monkey Tree. On Sunday, the Outlaws will travel to Gorge.
The lone home game scheduled for a senior soccer team will be Cowichan LMG hosting Comox Valley United at 6 p.m. on Saturday. If the game goes ahead, Bow-Mel Chrysler will again provide free coffee and hot chocolate for fans.