Ashley Stultz (2) and Jen Bayley (centre) set up on offence in front of the Gorge net during last Sunday’s game. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cougars’ offence struggles against Gorge

With an opportunity to move into a tie for third place in the Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association’s Over 30A division, the Cowichan Cougars struggled to mount any offence, and ended up losing 3-1 to Gorge Masters at Evans Park last Sunday.

The Cougars, who have scored just three goals in their last four matches, could have caught Gorge with a victory last weekend, but instead fell six points back of the Victoria club.

Cowichan’s lone goal came on a penalty shot by Stacey DeLusignan near the end of the game.

“It was another tough game to be on the sidelines for,” observed coach Darian Achurch, who was happy with his players’ effort despite the frustrating result. “The ladies played hard through a 90-minute downpour, but you don’t win if you don’t score.”

Gorge opened the scoring inside the first 15 minutes. Cowichan managed to turn the tide, but bad luck and good goalkeeping kept the Cougars off the scoreboard.

“We had our chances but just couldn’t get the ball past their keeper,” Cowichan player Jen Mann said. “She stopped my breakaway with a diving save, tipped another shot off the crossbar, and seemed to get to every loose ball in the box.”

Gorge even changed goalies at halftime, but that didn’t help the Cougars, who hit another crossbar in the second half. Gorge managed to add two more goals as Cowichan pushed to tie the score.

The Cougars will visit Prospect Lake in Victoria this Friday.

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