Cowichan earns win in Doug Day opener

After many delays, Cowichan’s senior women’s soccer team finally played their first game of the Doug Day Cup tournament on Saturday, and racked up a 4-2 win over Castaways.

Ashley Stultz and Letitia Turlock scored early goals for Cowichan, Stultz dribbling through a few defenders to create a breakaway that she finished perfectly. Turlock then took the ball down the wing and buried a shot from a difficult angle.

Late in the first half, a throw-in found its way to Nicole Pugh, who turned and fired the ball into the net. Darbi Aitchison then created a scoring opportunity but was fouled outside of the 18-yard box, resulting in a free kick that Stultz converted.

Castaways managed to get themselves on the board before the half was over. In the second half, Castaways continued to increase the pressure, and scored again from a scramble in front of the net.

“After that goal, our defence kept a tighter line and we were able to keep Castaways from moving too much in the middle and preventing them from getting any good opportunities,” Pugh said.

Goalie Kerynne Bain made several excellent saves. Pugh appeared to add another goal for Cowichan, but it was called offside.

Cowichan has two games left in the first round of the tournament, against Gorge and Saanich FC.