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(Posted 10 a.m., Oct. 9)
U15 Cobras finish 4th
at Toyota National Championships

By Fred Sherwin
The Orleans Star

The Cumberland Cobras U15 girls Academy team returned home from the Toyota National Championships in Laval on Monday a little disappointed, undoubtedly exhausted and tremendously proud of the fact that they had left everything on the pitch in search of a medal.

Unfortunately, their quest came up short in the bronze medal game which they lost 3-0 against Calgary South West United.

The Cumberland Cobras U15 girls Academy team recently placed fourth at the Toyota National Championships. File photo

The defeat can be chalked up to the fact that they simply ran out of gas after playing four games in as many days.

The tournament started out promising enough with the Cobras beating P.E.I. 4-0 on goals by Florence Belzile, Jessica Boyle, Chloe Headland and Riley Bonadie.

They then lost 2-1 to Mountain United when the British Columbia representatives scored in the third minute of extra time.

The game was scoreless until the 60th minute when Amelia Thompson converted a pass from Headland with a superb strike from just inside the penalty area that beat the Mountain United keeper high to the top righthand corner.

The play was set up by keeper Anna Demarbre who let a free kick go down the middle of the pitch to Bonadie who won the ball from her the player marking her and edged it forward to Headland.

The Cobras’ lead lasted less than three minutes. Mountain United managed to tie the game on a well-placed pass from substitute Katrina Demetillo to the far post where a hard-charging Holly Ward beat her opponent to the ball and pushed it past Demarbre.

The game looked like it was going to finish in a 1-1 draw, when Mountain United’s Syah Mangat scored three minutes into extra time after the ball had deflected off a Cumberland defender.

Despite the loss, the Cobras still finished second in their pool and advanced to the top half of the playoffs.

In the quarterfinals, the Cobras squeaked past CS Repentigny 3-2 on goals by Belzile, Thompson and Flavie Dubé.

The wheels eventually fell off in the semi-finals against the Quebec champions from Lakeshore who scored two goals in the first four minutes and four goals in the first 16 minutes before going on to win the game 5-0.

The Cobras can look back on an incredibly successful campaign in which they won the ERSL Cup, the Ontario Cup and very nearly the Eastern Region Soccer League championship.

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