Cougars girls soccer team ready for regional final today against Royals
One step to go
TRURO - The Cobequid Cougars are on the cusp of achieving their goal.
Now all the girls soccer team has to do is reach out and take its second consecutive NSSAF Northumberland region title when they host the Dr. John Hugh Gillis Royals today at 4 p.m. at CEC Field. The winner hosts a provincial qualifying match next weekend while the loser will have to hit the road for one. Provincials are set for Nov. 6 and 7 hosted by the Western region champion.
"We're playing really well right now and everyone is excited," said Cougars keeper Regan Zscheile. "This is the game we've been waiting for."
The Cougars enter the contest after beating the Northumberland Nighthawks 3-0 in their regional semifinal last week. Cobequid finished the regular season in second place after a tiebreaker with North Nova went in the Gryphons favour.
The Royals finished fourth but knocked off the Gryphons in their semifinal.
The Cougars are confident and rightly so with a 0-0 draw at home and 4-1 win on the road against the Royals this season.
"We played really well against them and hopefully we play like that again," Zscheile said.
The Cougars marked the Royals tightly last time out, countering their system which bolsters the Antigonish school's effectiveness at midfield.
"They play a different system than we play," said Cougars co-coach Kate Adams. "But now that we know that system and can adjust to it is a lot
Adams was quick to add the Royals are a bit like a wolf in sheep's clothing. Although they finished fourth in the region this season, they are a much better team than the standings would suggest.
"I think we're the two best teams in the region," she said. "They just didn't do well in the standings because they had a lot of ties."
The Cougars will be relying on their strong defence to keep things tidy at the back end. Zscheile has been strong in the net all season and co-captains Carleigh Hiltz and Ali Munroe have also been solid.
"Our defence has to step up like it has all season," Adams said. "And the offence has been scoring lately."
The Cougars didn't score until three games into the season, but that hasn't been a problem lately with nine goals in their last three games.
Zscheile said that's all due to a little teamwork.
"We've really improved a lot," she said. "I think we're working well as a team and that can take you a long way."