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Prospect slips past Cowichan

Bringing the ball out of the air requires a quick leg kick by Amber Cook, above, who scored both goals in a 3-2 Cowichan U17 girls’ loss to Prospect Lake.  - Don Bodger
Bringing the ball out of the air requires a quick leg kick by Amber Cook, above, who scored both goals in a 3-2 Cowichan U17 girls’ loss to Prospect Lake.
— image credit: Don Bodger

Under 17 and 18 Cowichan Valley Soccer Association girls’ youth soccer squads continued jockeying for position in the seeding stage of the season.

The U17 girls played in a downpour at Sherman Road Park’s Martin Field and got off to a quick start but lost 3-2 to Prospect Lake U17.

Amber Cook scored mere moments into the game, but chances were hard to come by after that for a while. Prospect went ahead 2-1 at the half and added another before Cook’s second of the game with about 10 minutes left completed the scoring after great work by Christina DeCarlo and Olivia Poirier to set her up.

“This is likely the best team we’ll play all year,’’ noted Cowichan coach Greg Poirier.

“I think the Prospect Lake quick response to our first goal was a shock to us and it took the girls a while to get back into the game. They probably had more outright chances in the game, but the girls kept battling.

“We still have some early-season jitters as we have only been a team for a few weeks. We will only get better as the girls learn to play together.’’

The rain made things a little awkward for the players, Poirier conceded. There were many slips and falls that created some scrappy play, with some girls feeling they were fouled.

Things got heated toward the end of the game with Prospect Lake directing its anger at the ref.

“I think a good rivalry has started,’’ Poirier indicated. “Hopefully, the girls will continue to play well and we’ll be seeded in the top tier, as I’m sure Prospect Lake will.’’

Meanwhile, the Cowichan U18 Silver girls won their game over Juan de Fuca U18 Silver 3-0 at Juan de Fuca. Caleigh Coels posted the shutout.

All the Cowichan goals were scored in the second half, including a Tiara Wakelyn-Enger penalty shot, a Chloe Boon marker and a Juan de Fuca own goal.

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