Cowichan Div. 2 players Christina DiCarlo (left) and Samantha Walker defend against a Vic West attack last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Setbacks for Cowichan women’s soccer teams

Div. 2 and over-30 teams lose Shergold Cup games

Cowichan’s entries in the Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association both lost their second round-robin games in the Stephanie Shergold Cup tournament last weekend.

The Div. 2 team lost 3-1 to Vic West’s Div. 2 squad on Saturday, and the over-30A Cowichan Cougars were beaten 3-0 by a young Peninsula Div. 2 team.

Already short players, the Div. 2 team was down 2-0 to Vic West when goalkeeper Kerynne Bain caught her foot on the turf and injured her knee, forcing her to the sidelines. Kyla Pronk filled in for the rest of the match and did an excellent job.

“She was a big presence at the back of the defence, keeping everyone’s head up and spirits high,” Cowichan coach Darbi Aitchison said.

With nine players left on the pitch, Cowichan settled into a defensive formation, but were still able to spring Christina DiCarlo and Nicole Pugh to score.

“The final score was 3-1 Vic West, but we certainly put in a fight to keep the score as low as possible,” Aitchison said.

The Cougars believed they deserved a better result than their 3-0 defeat by Peninsula.

“A few bounces here and there and it is a very different game,” Cowichan coach Darian Achurch said. “We had some chances early that we just couldn’t put in the back of the net.”

The Peninsula goalie had an answer for every shot the Cougars fired at her net, but so did Cowichan’s Sara Tweten.

“It was easily the best game I have seen Sara play,” Cowichan midfielder Amanda Sidhu gushed. “Sara kept us in it with her diving saves and command of the box.”

Peninsula eventually scored after a Cowichan player went down with an injury, then beat Tweten with a shot to the top corner just before halftime. With more players sidelined as the game carried on, Peninsula added one more from a scramble.

Both Cowichan teams have one more Shergold Cup tournament game left: the Cougars visit Prospect Lake’s over-30 team on Friday, and the Div. 2 team visits Prospect’s Div. 2 team on Sunday.

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