TRURO – The season is over for the Cobequid Cougars girls soccer squad.
© Matthew Veno – Truro Daily News
Erin Higgins, left, and Cobequid Cougars teammate Olivia MacPhee battle for the ball with a C.P. Allen Cheetahs player Thursday during their high school girls soccer provincial qualifier at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus. The Cougars lost the game 3-1 bringing their season to an end.
The Cougars fell 3-1 to the C.P. Allen Cheetahs Thursday in a provincial qualifying match at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Bible Hill.
"It was a nice effort but we knew we were underdogs coming into it," Cougars keeper Madison Munroe said. "They're a Halifax team and there's really good competition in Halifax so we knew it would be a challenge coming in anyway."
The Cheetahs move on to a second qualifying match with the Riverview Reds Saturday in Riverview with the winner moving on to the provincial championship tournament Nov. 1 and 2.
Despite knowing they were in tough, the Cougars still had their hearts set on playing on Saturday.
"We were," Munroe, a 17-year-old Truro resident, said. "We were looking forward to it as a team. There's a lot of seniors here so it's a bad way going out but what can you do."
Chloe Lauther scored the lone Cougars goal 32 minutes into the match to knot the score 1-1 at the break.
Happy with how his team was playing, Cougars coach Trevor Gordon told his squad to keep playing solid defence and keep the Cheetahs chances to a minimum.
But C.P. Allen was awarded a penalty kick just three minutes into the second half and used it to take a 2-1 lead and break the Cougars backs. The Cheetahs struck again with about 20 minutes remaining to ice the contest.
"We just had to keep them out of the middle and we were unable to do that," Munroe said.
Gordon said the penalty kick goal gave the opposition the momentum it needed to take control of the contest.
"In the first half they didn't get a lot of shots but they kind of broke us down more in the second half," Gordon said. "They were moving the ball well and we just couldn't match it."
The Cougars had their sights set on qualifying for provincials all season and Gordon said it's disheartening to see the team's crop of six seniors move on without realizing their goal.
"You put in all the practice time and you've been here for three years and you feel like you own the team because you've put so much work in," he said. "It's their season and it's disappointing for them not to move on past this but the reality is that was a pretty good team and they deserved to win."
But Gordon said he's happy with the season the Cougars put together, going 2-1-1 in the regular season before falling 1-0 on penalty kicks to the Dr. John Hugh Gillis Royals in the Northumberland Region final last week, sending them to the qualifier.
"We had a pretty good season," he said. "The girls should be proud."
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