A Castaways defender wants to clear the ball from her own zone but midfielder and recent scoring sensation Monni Savory has other ideas. The Cougars next play Castaways Nov. 18 but not before hosting Salt Spring on Nov. 5 at the Sherman Road grass. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

A Castaways defender wants to clear the ball from her own zone but midfielder and recent scoring sensation Monni Savory has other ideas. The Cougars next play Castaways Nov. 18 but not before hosting Salt Spring on Nov. 5 at the Sherman Road grass. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Div. 3 Cowichan Cobras finding form, Div. 1 squad pick up a win, too

The win brings the ladies to 2-4 on the season

The Cowichan Cougars worked to a 3-1 victory over the Prospect Lake Lakers Saturday evening at the Sherman Road turf. The game-winner came off the boot of Monni Savory, who had two in the contest.

Team scoring leader Ashley Stultz scored Cowichan’s third goal at the 76-minute mark.

The win brings the ladies to 2-4 on the season and tied for third in the Over 30 A division. The win came after a few narrow losses in recent away games.

“It was nice to get back on the winning side of things,” admitted coach Darian Achurch. “Our girls have been playing very well, but with injuries and schedule conflicts we have struggled to field a team lately.”

Savory’s first goal came off a header — which she redirected after Joeleen Achurch’s flick at the four-minute mark.

Savory got her second goal to finish off a nice passing play.

“It was nice to play some good soccer and string a few passes together,” Savory noted. “We have been missing that in our last few games so hopefully this is a sign of what we are getting back to.”

Cobras have solid start to Div. 3 season

In other women’s soccer news, after completing one full round of the Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association division 3 women’s soccer league, the Cowichan Cobras are starting to find their groove, says assistant coach Darren Hart.

Led by current goal scoring leaders Jenna Stinka with four goals and Kaylynn Rowlings with a pair, by the solid play of the team’s goalie, Beverly Laughlin, and the rest of the team’s 21-woman roster, the Cobras sit smack dab in the middle of the standings with a record of 2-2-2.

“With a roster of 21 players ranging in ages from 17 to their 40s, the squad brings a great depth to the soccer pitch,” Hart said. “The team recently tied the division’s second place Sooke team 2-2 and defeated the division’s third standing Juan de Fuca squad 1-0.”

Head coach Will Chaster is impressed with the growth of the team and is excited to build on this as the team moves into its second round of play.

Div. 1 women dig deep for a victory

Cowichan FC faced Castaways with just two substitutes over the weekend but they gutted out a 3-2 win regardless.

“It’s a funny thing in soccer, where teams play harder when they have less subs. I thought this was our best game of the year, our urgency and drive was miles better than last week. Every single player gave their all today, and frankly, with the lack of subs, we had to,” said coach Adam Paulson.

“It was great to see Taya Brubacher rewarded with a goal for her work up front in the last few weeks. I should also mention Kayla Kazda, who played her first game for the club, continually stopping attacks and playing great outlet balls. We are very grateful to add a player like Kayla as we adjust to life in this division.”

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