Cobequid falls 4-1 to Sir John A. Macdonald in provincial qualifier
Flames burn Cougars
TRURO - Minor slips by what had been their strength all season cost the Cobequid Cougars girls soccer team a trip to provincials.
A pair of defensive miscues allowed the Sir John A. Macdonald Flames to crack open a 1-1 game Saturday and move on to beat the Cougars 4-1 in their provincial qualifier at CEC.
"I expected better out of us," said Cougars co-captain and fullback Carleigh Hiltz, whose high school soccer days came to an end with the loss.
"They capitalized on little mistakes and that's what hurt us."
The Flames move on to provincials this weekend in the Annapolis Valley.
The Flames, who were 12-0 in regular season play and were forced into the qualifier by losing in a shootout in their regional final, opened the scoring late in the first half. The score remained 1-0 until Kallyn Morgan knotted the game for Cobequid.
"When we scored I thought we could really do it," Hiltz said.
But that's when the slips happened and the Flames pumped in another three goals, the final marker coming with about 20 seconds remaining.
"It was really disappointing," Hiltz said. "We didn't see anything special in their lineup that would outdo us. I felt like we should have beat them."
So did co-coach Kate Adams.
"It was closer than 4-1," she said. "It was even both ways then we had a couple breakdowns at the back and all of a sudden it was 3-1."
But Adams said she was happy with how her team played.
"It was a good fight and we were pleased because they are a good team," she said.
Although she didn't want her season to come to an end just yet, Hiltz said she was also happy with her senior season, which saw the Cougars finish second in the regular season and win their second consecutive Northumberland region title. Until last season, Cobequid hadn't won a regional banner since 1992, which is also the last season the Cougars made provincials.
"It was a success," Hiltz said. "We won regionals which was really good. I would have liked to have gone to provincials but I'm satisfied with how the season went."
The future looks bright with the Cougars losing just three seniors (Hiltz, co-captain Ali Munroe and Kirsten McLellan) from this year's squad, meaning 15 players will be returning.
The Cougars also have a good shot at breaking their provincial drought, with the tournament coming to the Northumberland region next season.
"Maybe next year," Adams said. "The girls have been talking about how if we win regionals, we're there."
Results of the boys provincial qualifier were unavailable at press time.