Cowichan women crack Doug Day Cup semifinals, set to face Gorge

Cowichan’s senior women’s soccer team is on to the Doug Day Cup semifinals this Sunday after splitting their last two firstround games last weekend.

With a 2-1 record in the first round, Cowichan secured fourth place in the round robin, while scoring a tournament-high 12 goals over their three games.

The goal total was boosted last Saturday as Cowichan defeated Saanich FC 7-1 at Evans Park thanks to four goals from Nicole Pugh, two from Ashley Stultz and one from Sarah Russ.

After an early offensive outburst, Cowichan focused on defence once Saanich scored.

"After that goal, the Cowichan defence started marking tighter, and Colleen Bob was able to transition the defence quickly to push up the line so that Saanich was caught offside," Pugh said. "After the tightening of the defence, Saanich was barely able to get any good opportunities to score."

The following day, Cowichan battled to a 2-1 loss on the road against Gorge.

"Unfortunately we had no subs, so it was difficult to keep a fast pace throughout the game," Pugh said. "Gorge was able to get two fast breaks in the first half resulting in both goals."

Cowichan picked things up in the second half, stringing passes together and controlling the bulk of possession. Pugh fed the ball to Letitia Turlock, who buried it in the top corner, but Cowichan was unable to get the equalizer.

"We had a few more opportunities but couldn’t get another goal," Pugh said.

Cowichan will get another chance to beat Gorge this Sunday when they visit Gorge at Hampton Park for a Doug Day Cup semifinal. The teams met once during league play, with Cowichan winning 3-0.