Meg Watkins nearly gave the Outlaws a win over league-leading Lakehill on Sunday. (Citizen file)

Meg Watkins nearly gave the Outlaws a win over league-leading Lakehill on Sunday. (Citizen file)

With lots left to prove, Outlaws nearly steal one from league-leading Lakehill

Cowichan could still finish in Div. 2 top three

Currently tied for sixth place in Div. 2 of the Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association, the Cowichan Outlaws could still end up as high as top-three in the league or as low as bottom-two.

The Outlaws showed they still have something to prove as they played to a scoreless tie with Lakehill, a team currently tied for first place in the division.

Based on a strong showing the week before, coach Neall Rowlings was optimistic going into the match with Lakehill.

“My expectations were very high against this team,” he said. “[But] on the way down three of my players had to cancel. We ended up with only one substitute, but the attitude of the girls was positive and they were eager to play.”

Goalkeeper Gabrielle Marcolin recorded another shutout and Hillary Fisher and Jenna Ryan commanded the backline as the team’s hard work on defensive shape paid off. Natasha Tymo and Emily Lindsay played the entire game in the centre of the field. The Outlaws nearly stole the game when Lindsay snuck in all alone and got a shot off. Although the Lakehill keeper made a big save, Meghan Watkins came close to burying the rebound.

“It was nice to get a lot of the girls in and have a team result,” Rowlings said. “We know what we need to work on this week and we are excited to play Bays United again — we beat them in the first round 7-1 — but in the beginning of that game they gave us a lot of trouble. We have a few weeks of big games coming up.”

The Outlaws will host Bays at the David Williams Turf on Sherman Road this Sunday at noon.

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