TRURO - The Cobequid Cougars captured their second straight Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Northumberland region boys soccer title on Thursday.
© Joey Smith – Truro Daily News
Cameron Smith, middle, of the CEC Cougars challenges for a ball against Kallin MacDonald, left, and Colin Gillis of the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals during the NSSAF Northumberland region boys soccer final Thursday in Truro. The Cougars won the contest 3-1.
The Cougars overcame a slow first half and edged the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals from Antigonish 3-1 in the title game at CEC Field.
The will advances the Cougars to the NSSAF quarterfinals. Cobequid will host a three-team provincial qualifying tournament next weekend. Two teams (yet to be determined) will play on Oct. 25 with the winner of that game facing CEC on Oct. 26 for a berth in the four-team provincial championship Nov. 1 and 2 in Cape Breton.
On Thursday, the Cougars carried much of the play in the first half but failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities, as the contest was scoreless at halftime.
An own goal gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead in the second half, before Mike Vanderpoel scored back-to-back markers to give the home side a 3-0 cushion. James Briand of the Royals scored with 15 minutes left in the game for the final score.
"We played well," said Cougars coach Jay Foster. "We weren't real sharp around their net to finish chances, but we played solid.
"It's nice to win the region because they don't come easy."