Colonel By Cougars
capture senior girls soccer championship
By Fred Sherwin
By Cougars senior girls soccer team are the reigning National Capital secondary
school champions after downing the Louis Riel Rebelles 2-1 in a rain-soaked
contest on Wednesday.
The Cougars got
a pair of goals from sisters Alex and Rachel Dragan to avenge their only
loss of the regular season and erase memories of a heartbreaking extra time
loss to the Rebelles in last year's final.
The game began
in a slight drizzle and ended in a steady downpour. The less than ideal
conditions didn't seem to bother the Cougars any as they pressed the action
from the opening whistle. Rebelles' keeper Kelsey English was forced to
handle the ball at least a half dozen times in the first 10 minutes as Colonel
By was able to direct a salvo of shots towards the Louis Riel goal.
best chance came midway through the first half when they fired a shot from
about 30 metres out that slammed off the crossbar. They had another glorious
scoring opportunity about five minutes later, but were unable to convert
the juicy rebound after English made the initial save.
The Cougars finally
got on the scoreboard in the eighth minute of the second half on a ball
that was kicked from midfield by Alex Dragan. As English reached up to make
the save, the ball spun off the tips of her fingers and into the top of
Louis Riel responded with an equalizer a little under two minutes later
on a free kick that deflected off Haisha Cantave directly to Charlotte Nutt
who hammered the ball home past Cougars keeper Rachelle Beanlands.
then elapsed before Colonel By was awarded a corner kick which they managed
to convert into a goal on Melisa Erturk's perfect cross to Rachel Dragan.
Up 2-1 at that
point, the Cougars tightened up defensively and managed to hold on for the
win which should give them tons of confidence as they prepare to take on
the best senior girls teams in the province at the OFSAA AAA championships
which this year are taking place at the Hornert's Nest.
With the provincial
championships taking place in Ottawa, it will be the first time 18-year-old
Rachel Dragan will be able to compete. On the two previous occasions the
team qualified for OFSAA, Dragan opted to stay home to complete her International
Baccalaureate exams. There is also the added bonus that she will be playing
with her 16-year-old sister Alex.
we'll do well, especially with it being my last year at Colonel By,"
Asked to describe
the game's opening goal which managed to handcuff Rebelles' keeper Kelsey
English, Alex said that she simply pounded the ball as hard as she could.
"I was watching
the ball and thought Kelsey was going to get it and then I saw it go in
and I thought 'Oh my God, it's in'. I couldn't believe it," said Alex.
Pat Lacasse feels his team has a good a shot as any of winning a medal at
the provincial championships.
a good confidence build. This just gives us another step up the line for
next weekend. We've got the home field and we get to sleep in our own beds.
That means a lot," said Lacasse.
The OFSAA championships
get under way next Thursday with a number of games being played simultaneously.
of the Colonel By Cougars pose with the championship trophy after downing
the Louis Riel Rebelles 2-1 in the senior girls AAA/AAAA title game on Wednesday.
7:30 a.m., May 28)
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