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TRURO – Five years ago, Trevor Gordon coached one of the best soccer teams Cobequid Educational Centre has ever seen. This year, he thinks he may have another one.

The 2010 Cougars had a lineup featuring high scorers like Lauren Sinclair and future Cape Breton University forward Shanice Maxwell. They got off to a hot start and rode their streak all the way to the Division 1 provincial finals, before losing a one-goal game to Riverview.

This year, the Cougars are off to an undefeated start with six wins and one tie to open the season. Five of those six wins have been shutouts, including a 3-0 game against the rival Dr. JH Gillis Royals and a whopping 7-0 triumph against North Nova – the team that eliminated them last season.

“We’re having a phenomenal start,” Gordon said. “We have a really strong group. One of the top groups we have ever had at the school.”

The girls knew they’d be strong, said co-captains Sophie Nicholson and Zoe Francis, but they weren’t sure just how good until the game against Gillis. Last season, they tied twice and lost twice to the Antigonish squad. This year, they hardly gave up a shot on goal.

“We’re a little surprised,” Francis said. “I knew we had a strong team, but last year we had a strong team and we didn’t really do that well.”

One year ago, the Cougars lost a heartbreaker in the regional semifinal to North Nova. After not giving up a shot in the second half of the game, the Cougars lost on a deflection into their net in overtime.

“We hadn’t not made it to the finals in a lot of years,” Francis recalled. “We were pretty disappointed in ourselves.”

“It was unfortunate, but it made us want to get back there that much more,” Nicholson added. “It was nice to get revenge.”

The Cougars biggest test of the season will come Friday morning, when they face Halifax West to open a tournament at St. Francis-Xavier University. Halifax West is the reigning provincial champ and a perennial powerhouse.

“That is the game that I’m looking forward to the most,” Nicholson said with an excited smile. “They’ve come first in provincials almost every year.”

“It will be a really good measure to find out how good we really are,” said Francis.

When asked how it would feel to mount a run to the provincial final in their senior year, Francis and Nicholson smile and look at each other.

“That’s definitely, definitely what we’re going for,” said Francis.

The 2010 Cougars had a lineup featuring high scorers like Lauren Sinclair and future Cape Breton University forward Shanice Maxwell. They got off to a hot start and rode their streak all the way to the Division 1 provincial finals, before losing a one-goal game to Riverview.

This year, the Cougars are off to an undefeated start with six wins and one tie to open the season. Five of those six wins have been shutouts, including a 3-0 game against the rival Dr. JH Gillis Royals and a whopping 7-0 triumph against North Nova – the team that eliminated them last season.

“We’re having a phenomenal start,” Gordon said. “We have a really strong group. One of the top groups we have ever had at the school.”

The girls knew they’d be strong, said co-captains Sophie Nicholson and Zoe Francis, but they weren’t sure just how good until the game against Gillis. Last season, they tied twice and lost twice to the Antigonish squad. This year, they hardly gave up a shot on goal.

“We’re a little surprised,” Francis said. “I knew we had a strong team, but last year we had a strong team and we didn’t really do that well.”

One year ago, the Cougars lost a heartbreaker in the regional semifinal to North Nova. After not giving up a shot in the second half of the game, the Cougars lost on a deflection into their net in overtime.

“We hadn’t not made it to the finals in a lot of years,” Francis recalled. “We were pretty disappointed in ourselves.”

“It was unfortunate, but it made us want to get back there that much more,” Nicholson added. “It was nice to get revenge.”

The Cougars biggest test of the season will come Friday morning, when they face Halifax West to open a tournament at St. Francis-Xavier University. Halifax West is the reigning provincial champ and a perennial powerhouse.

“That is the game that I’m looking forward to the most,” Nicholson said with an excited smile. “They’ve come first in provincials almost every year.”

“It will be a really good measure to find out how good we really are,” said Francis.

When asked how it would feel to mount a run to the provincial final in their senior year, Francis and Nicholson smile and look at each other.

“That’s definitely, definitely what we’re going for,” said Francis.

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