Cowichan's senior women's soccer team is missing its leading scorer from the last two seasons, but fortunately her sister has stepped up in her absence.
Rachel Pugh, the older sister of sniper Nicole, opened the scoring in the team's home opener last Sunday, blasting a beautiful high, hard shot past the Bays United goalkeeper to kick off her team's 3-1 win.
Nicole Pugh is out for the start of the season with a partially torn ACL from flag football.
"She sees an orthopaedic surgeon soon, so she is hoping for the green light to play, or at least know where she's at with that," said head coach Marilyn Pugh. "We missed her scoring ability in the first game [a 1-0 loss to Gorge on Sept. 14] for sure. Fortunately, her older sister filled in for her and got us going. Hopefully Nicole will be back playing sooner than later."
New recruit Jessica Robinson scored Cowichan's second goal, the eventual game-winner, and Letitia Turlock added some insurance.
"We moved the ball well during the first half, making it a more passing game rather than kick and run," Marilyn Pugh said. "Bays did come back to score one goal on us though.
"The second half of the game, the ladies were tired and did not pass well, defend well, or move well. We still have a ways to go when it comes to being fit to play a whole soccer game."
Cowichan will be at home again this Sunday, hosting Vic West United at Evans Park at noon.