Fifth not a bad result for T-Birds
Finishing fifth in the island senior boys’ AAA high school soccer playdowns is a decent result for the Cowichan Secondary T-Birds.
Ron Glass, director of athletics at the school, said all the senior T-Birds are to be congratulated for their solid contributions.
Andrew Larson was a tireless performer in the midfield and captain Noah Dobson made his presence felt as a defensive stalwart.
The T-Birds won one game and lost two during the two-day event last Tuesday and Wednesday.
Glass said Cowichan came out flat in the first game against a hungry Oak Bay side and ended up losing 4-0.
Oak Bay scored three goals in the first 20 minutes and added a fourth before halftime. The T-Birds regrouped in the second half and the efforts of goalkeeper Jerod Dorby prevented any further scoring.
The second game Tuesday brought a 3-1 win over Belmont.
“Cowichan started this game much more confident and finished off a brilliant bit of passing with a goal by Cyrus Grey,’’ noted Glass.
The T-Birds maintained possession and territory after the goal at the eight-minute mark but Belmont got it back on a quick transition.
With the game tied in the second half, Larson made a solid individual effort and crossed the ball to Borlang Komataye, who found the back of the net at 37 minutes.
“Belmont mounted a comeback, but the T-Birds hung in and met the challenge,’’ Glass indicated.
Rhys Mousely wrapped up the scoring with a pretty goal at 52 minutes.
Cowichan and an evenly-matched Stelly’s side exchanged an equal number of scoring chances Wednesday.
Stelly’s capitalized just before the half on a shot from a sharp angle after the T-Bird defence was beaten to the outside.
Cowichan couldn’t find the equalizer in the second half. Stelly’s staved off tremendous Cowichan pressure late in the game.
Stelly’s scored on a cute set play after a Cowichan foul at full time to complete the 2-0 win.