Colchester teams can still salvage bronze today
TRURO – Hopes of a provincial soccer title were dashed Friday on the Cobequid Cougars.
The Cougars were nipped 2-1 by the Halifax West Warriors in their Division 1 boys semifinal in Coxheath, sending the Cougars to today’s bronze-medal match at 10 a.m. against the Citadel Phoenix. The defending champion Warriors move on to the noon final against the host Riverview Reds.
“That’s not the result we wanted,” Cougars senior centre back Jon Lynch said. “Everyone wanted to win for (coach Jay) Foster because he’s been coaching for a long time and we wanted to give him something for it but we couldn’t pull it off.”
Friday’s game was like a nightmare on rerun for the Cougars, who were edged 2-1 in overtime by the Warriors in last year’s semifinal. Cobequid went on to beat Citadel for the bronze while Halifax West won it all.
The setback was Cobequid’s first of the season as the Cougars went into the match with a 14-0-1 overall record.
On Friday, it was the Cougars who drew first blood thanks to a strike from Mike Vanderpoel early in the first half.
But the Warriors responded late in the opening 45 minutes and added another in the second half to seal the win.
“We don’t like to make excuses,” Lynch, a 17-year-old Bible Hill resident, said. “We just didn’t play to our full potential today. We were playing a hit and hope style of game and that’s not our identity. We’ve got skilled guys and we need to get the ball down on the ground to them.”
Lynch said the loss was devastating to the team’s seven seniors, but added he and his teammates have shifted their focus to making sure they earn a second consecutive bronze.
“This is it for some of us,” he said. “We really want to bring a medal home.”
The South Colchester Wolves will also be looking to salvage a bronze medal from the Division 3 girls tournament in New Germany.
The Wolves were defeated 7-4 Friday by Ecole du Carrefour in their semifinal match, pushing South Colchester into today’s bronze game at 10 a.m. Their opponent was unknown at press time.
Ecole du Carrefour moves on to the gold medal match at noon.
“It’s disappointing but to put it in perspective we ran into a very talented team that was a step or two ahead of us,” Wolves coach Kelly Spencer said. “But we don’t have to hang our heads. They deserved the victory and we made them earn it.”
Karlee Burgess scored twice for the Wolves with other goals coming from Haley Duykers and Olivia Wolter-Cook.
Ecole du Carrefour held a 3-1 lead at half time and the Wolves pushed back but couldn’t score. The tough luck allowed Ecole du Carrefour to stretch out a 5-1 lead which South Colchester just couldn’t overcome.
“Every time we scored after that they had an answer,” Spencer said.
Like the Cougars, senior Wolves midfielder Nicole Collier said she and her teammates have also refocused their energy on today’s consolation final.
“We just want to win (today),” she said. “We just have to talk a little more, stay on our player and get back on defence.”
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