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ERSL Soccer
Cumberland Cobras GU16 regional team wraps up successful ERSL season
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Cumberland Cobras Sabrina Chabot moves the ball up the field during their game against Ottawa South United on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Thursday's 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.

Team 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.

I was the Cobras' fourth clean sheet of the season and keeper Athena Jacques' fourth shutout.

Head 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.

"Our 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."

The 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.

(Posted 11:30 a.m., Sept. 9)

 

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