Cobequid learns from experience, has better outing against North Nova
TRURO - The Cobequid Cougars weren't about to let history repeat itself.
After narrowly escaping their last match against the North Nova Gryphons with a 1-0 victory, the Cougars put their stamp on Tuesday's rematch early and cruised to a 4-1 win at CEC Field.
"It was a completely different game than last time," said Cougars co-captain Brittany MacKay.
"Yeah we played a lot better than last time," added co-captain April MacKay.
The win gives Cobequid a 2-0 record to sit atop the Northumberland Region standings.
Instead of waiting for a last minute goal as per last time, the Cougars wasted no time putting one on the board Tuesday as Chloe Lauther struck about five minutes in. Cheltyn Morgan and Kim Duggan added other tallies to spot the Cougars a 3-0 lead at half time.
Megan Murphy rounded out the scoring for Cobequid mid-way through the second half after the Gryphons pulled one after they were awarded a penalty kick.
"We looked really good today," said a pleased Cougars coach Trevor Gordon. "We moved the ball very well and we outworked them for sure. All around we had a strong showing."
Their first match to start the season against North Nova on Sept. 13 served as a wake-up call for the Cougars, who have hopes of making it back to the provincial championship this fall. The message didn't fall on deaf ears and the Cougars have spent their time since fine-tuning their approach.
"The stuff we worked on in practice all week was getting to the ball first and better passing," Brittany said. "And I think we won more balls in the middle."
Gordon said he felt time also helped the team settle in and allowed the players to get accustomed to playing together.
"It really allowed us to set a standard for our team and I think it showed (Tuesday)," he said. "We just needed to get everyone working together."
The Cougars are back in action Thursday when they travel to Alma to take on the Northumberland Nighthawks in an exhibition match before hosting the C.P. Allen Cheetahs in another tune-up Friday at 7 p.m. at the Dalhousie Agricultural campus field.
The Cougars blanked the Gryphons 4-0 in New Glasgow.
Daniel Vanderpoel scored twice in the first half while Ben Gorringe added two in the second half. Tim Trites and Andreas Foerster split the clean sheet.
The Cougars are back in action Thursday when they host Northumberland at 4 p.m. at CEC Field.