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(Updated 6 p.m., Sept. 2)
U13 Cobras put finishing touch on undefeated season
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Cumberland Cobras Adrienne Li takes a spill while tracking down the ball during second half action against the OSU Force on Tuesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


The Cumberland Cobras U13 Level 3 girls team wrapped up their regular season schedule with another win on Tuesday to capture first place in the Eastern Regional Soccer League with a record of 11 wins, one tie and zero losses.

To say that the Cobras completely dominated their ERSL opponents is a gargantuan understatement. In 13 games, they scored a league leading 85 times while allowing just 12 goals for a +73 goal differential.

Unfortunately, they had a difficult time transferring their regular season success to tournament play where they seldom made it past the semi-finals.

They made it to the semi-finals of the prestigious Robbie International Tournament in Toronto before losing to the eventual winners from Waterloo and they were unable to make it past the quarterfinals of the Ontario Cup where they lost 2-1 at home to the Oshawa Kicks.

In summing up the season, Cobras head coach George Decosta said the girls had issues playing at a consistently high level.

"We tended to play to the level of our competition and that doesn't work in tournaments where you have to be at the top of your game all the time and that's where we got into trouble," said Decosta.

The Cobras had no trouble dealing with the other teams in the ERSL. Led by striker Miranda Smith, who scored 28 times in 14 league games, the Cobras averaged six goals per game. They scored in double figures three times including a pair of 11-1 wins over the Gloucester Hornets U13 Level 3 team. The only blemish on their record was a 1-1 draw against the Kanata Lightning on June 30.

In Tuesday's game against the Ottawa South Force, Smith and Adrienne Li both scored in the first half to give the Cobras a 2-1 halftime lead.

The Force tried to even the score in the early part of the second half but could only muster one decent shot on goal. By the midway point of the half the tide had turned once again in favour of the Cobras who came at the Force in waves until the referee's whistle put an end to the contest.

By finishing at the top of the Level 3 Regional division, the Cobras have the option of moving up to the Ontario Youth Soccer League (OYSL) next year. While the decision is entirely up to the soccer club, Decosta hinted that his own recommendation would be to stay in the ERSL.

Last year's U13 Regional team won both the ERSL League Championship and the ERSL Cup. After deciding to stay in the ERSL, their record is a mediocre 4-6-3. A big reason for their change in fortune has been the loss of last year's leading scorer Julia Davis who has moved on to the Ottawa Fury.

On a positive note, the Cobras have managed to qualify for the ERSL Cup finals for the third year in a row.

The current U13 Level 3 team may find themselves in the same predicament. With 64 goals in the past two seasons, Smith will be heavily courted by the Fury during the off season. Should she decide to transfer clubs, the Cobras will be hard-pressed to replace her on the scoresheet.

Team roster: Adrienne L., Miranda S., Morgan D., Natasha B., Jenna L., Thara D., Jordan L., Veronica J., Shania L., Sydney S., Noemi M., Rachel J., Brittney C., Katrina M., Emma T., Melissa C., and Rowan H. Fred Sherwin/Photo


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