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ERSL Cup Finals
Cumberland Cobras capture U15 ERSL Cup
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Cumberland Cobras U15 Regional boys team ended their season on a high note Sarturday, downing the Kanata Lightning 2-0 to win the U15 ERSL Cup.

Christian Legault and Mark Perera both scored in the first half for the Cobras who kept the Lightning in check for most of the game. The few opportunities they did get were easily stopped by Cobras keeper Wes Aucoin who picked up his third shutout in ERSL Cup play and seventh shutout of the season.

The Cobras were prohibitive favourites heading into the final having finished the regular season in second place with a record of 9-1-2 including a pair of wins over the Lightning the two previous times they faced each other.

Their journey to the ERSL Cup final included shutout wins over the Nepean Hotspurs Level 4 Premier team in the quarterfinals and the Kanata Lightning Level 5 Division 1 squad in the semis. They began their ERSL Cup run with a 4-1 win over the Ottawa Royals back on June 27.

Head coach Tim Kealey said the team far exceeded their expectations.

"We focused on our league play and the ERSL Cup this year," said Kealey. "Our goal was to finish in the middle of the standings and challenge for the Cup, and we ended up finishing second and winning the Cup."

Kealey credited the team's success to the play of their back end, especially Aucoin, who he says is one of the best keepers in the ERSL.

"He had four shutouts (during the regular season) but he coul dhave had two or three more. He's a top class keeper. He's hardly ever caught out of position," said Kealey.

Members of the Cumberland Cobras U15 Regional boys team pose for a picture with the championships banner after winning the ERSL Cup on Saturday. Daniel Cusson/Photo


(Updated 2:30 p.m., Sept. 20)

 

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