Cobequid falls in extra time in provincial qualifier
TRURO – The same Cobequid Cougars that won the regional championship took to CEC Field Saturday.
But something was different. Something was missing in their provincial qualifier against Kings Edgehill and it cost Cobequid its first trip to the NSSAF Division 1 boys soccer championship since 2007 as it fell 1-0 in extra time.
Kings Edgehill moves on to the final four tournament this weekend at Halifax West.
“We couldn’t match the same level of intensity we had the week before and to be successful we have to play that way,” said Cougars coach Jay Foster.
Although the two teams were evenly matched throughout the 90-minute contest, Kings Edgehill generated the better scoring chances and was able to keep Cobequid pinned in its own half on several occasions.
With the wind at their backs and a corner kick in extra time, the Cougars pushed up to pressure the Kings Edgehill net. But when the ball came out of the area, the Cougars were caught out of position, surrendering the final goal.
“It’s disappointing because I felt we should have won,” said senior Cougars forward David Morrison. “I thought we definitely could have made it to the (provincial) final.”
It was the last match in Cougar orange for the North River resident, along with captain Ryan Myette, Craig MacEachern, Seth MacLean and Patrick Mahoney, who will all graduate in June. There are 13 players eligible to return next fall.
Morrison agreed with his coach’s assessment that the Cougars showed up flat.
“We were way more intense in the regional final and we didn’t bring it out,” he said. “For some reason it wasn’t there.
“We beat them earlier this year and I felt we should have beat them again.”
But Foster said Kings Edgehill deserved the victory.
“They outplayed us and they beat us fair and square,” he said.
However, the Cougars weren’t hanging their heads Sunday while looking back on their season, which saw them go undefeated in the regular season at 3-0-1 and come from behind to snatch the Northumberland region title from the Dr. John Hugh Gillis Royals.
“We played a lot of good games and we had a solid team,” Morrison said. “We won regionals and that was great because it was my last year and I had a fun time.”