The Cowichan Cougars, seen here in a home game in October, had to settle for a tie against Juan de Fuca last weekend. (Citizen file)

Victory slips through Cougars’ paws at JDF

Cowichan Over 30A team settles for tie

The Cowichan Cougars managed to claim a single point in their road game against Juan de Fuca on Friday night, but they weren’t pleased with the 1-1 draw.

The Cougars were hoping to put some more space between themselves and JDF, which sits just below them in the Over 30A women’s soccer standings, but it didn’t pan out that way.

A breakaway goal by Stacey de Lusignan just two minutes into the match put Cowichan up 1-0, but after that, the Cougars were unable to generate any more scoring, despite creating multiple chances.

“It was a tough game to watch,” noted coach Darian Achurch. “We connected on numerous passes through the defence and midfield but almost all of our shots went right to their goalie.”

The Cougars dominated possession and were still confident as they took their one-goal lead into halftime. Cowichan created a flurry of scoring chances in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but every shot went comfortably into the hands of the JDF keeper.

“We probably outshot them 15 or 20 to one,” Cowichan goalie Sara Tweten suggested. “I suspect we will be working on finishing our chances at practice this week.”

JDF managed to capitalize on their only scoring chance of the match, a strong shot that tucked just inside the post. Tempers flared toward the end of the game and scoring chances were fewer and farther between. With the tie, Cowichan remains just a point ahead of JDF, although the Cougars have two games in hand on their rivals. The Cougars are just one point back of Prospect Lake and Gorge Masters, who are tied for third.

Achurch was pleased with the strong showing by all his players, and liked what newcomer Ashley Stultz brought to the offence.

The Cougars will be in action at home this Sunday with a 10 a.m. game against first-place Gorge FC at Evans Park.

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