Cobras GU16 regional team wraps up successful ERSL season
By Fred Sherwin
Cumberland Cobras Sabrina Chabot moves the
ball up the field during their game against
Ottawa South United on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Cumberland Cobras U16 girls regional team capped a highly
successful ERSL season with a 5-0 win over Ottawa South
United on Thursday to solidify their hold on first place.
win means the Cobras will finish the season with a 9-2-1
record, good enough for 29 points, nine points more than
Kingston United, which still has one game remaining.
Cobras lead over Kingston was only three points a little
over a week ago, but after a loss and a tie in back-to-back
games against United on Aug. 7 and 11, Cumberland rose
to the occasion and beat Kingston 4-3 on Sept. 1 to extend
their advantage to six points and lock up first place.
game against Ottawa South was just the icing on the cake.
The team's top goal scorer, Jessica Laniel, had a pair
of markers and set up another by Amélie Giroux,
who somehow managed to find the inside of the far post
from a near impossible angle.
captain Katrina Lafreniere scored a pair of goals as well
-- her second and third of the season -- including one
in which the ball deflected off the Ottawa South post
right to her feet.
was the Cobras' fourth clean sheet of the season and keeper
Athena Jacques' fourth shutout.
coach Stan Rozboud says the first place result means the
Cobras will get to enter a team in the Ontario Youth Soccer
League next year.
goal is always to win, so after we won our first five
or six games I realized that we had a good chance to win
the championship," Rozboud said after Thursday's
season finale. "It really came down to our three
games against Kingston. We didn't play well the first
game in Kingston and then we tied them at home, but eventually
we beat them 4-3 which was very important to finishing
in first place."
team is actually a mix of the club's best 14- and 15-year-old
players, brought together to make a run at an OYSL berth.
So in the end it was mission accomplished.
11:30 a.m., Sept. 9)
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