The Colonel By Cougars rebounded with a 2-0 afternoon victory over Kingston’s Regiopolis Notre-Dame Panthers at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations ‘AAA’ girls’ soccer championships following their 1-0 defeat this morning at the Hornets Nest.
Rachel Dragan blasted home this shot to score the game-winning goal in this afternoon’s contest against Kingston’s Regiopolis Notre-Dame at the Hornets Nest. Photo by Dan Plouffe
“I think we played really well this game, and aggressive and won all the 50-50 balls,” said Cougar striker Jamie Kraft, noting that it’s very important for Colonel By to get the first goal because the only two times other team has scored first this year, they’ve lost. “We were a bit more relaxed this afternoon and knew the team better.”
The afternoon match resembled the morning’s a little too closely early on when the Cougars enjoyed the advantage in play but couldn’t get on the scoreboard.
As the first half wound down, Rachel Dragan at last got a chance that was too good to miss as she blasted a shot from the top of the box past the Panther goalkeeper who was the only defender in her way. “There was a lot of air blown out of my lungs after that goal,” Colonel By coach Pat Lacasse noted. “It was a very big sense of relief.”
Not long into the second half, the tension was lifted a little more as Kraft finished off a good set of shots near the goal line following a free kick. The sidelines were quite the contrast from the morning’s intense focus while trailing, compared to the afternoon’s musings about ’60s music and the proper pronunciation of “groovy.”
What would be even more groovy for the Cougars is a victory tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. when they’ll face the top-ranked team in their pool, Burlington’s Nelson Lords.
Colonel By could enjoy the advantage of facing a potentially tired opponent since the OFSAA banquet is tonight and Nelson has an 8 a.m. contest tomorrow against Mississauga’s Iona Dolphins, who are tied atop Pool A standings with Nelson at 2-0 following their win over the Cougars this morning.
Lacasse said it will be key to jump on Nelson early as Colonel By takes on the winners of eight OFSAA girls’ soccer championships in the past 25 years. “I really hope that they bring the sense of urgency they had when they played Louis-Riel in the (National Capital) championship,” said Lacasse, who noticed an obvious difference in his players’ composure after they got their first OFSAA contest under their belts. “If we bring it like we brought it against Riel, we’re through. Don’t get me wrong – Nelson has shown to have a strong squad in their first two games, but I think they’re beatable. It’s all what we bring.”
Louis-Riel improved to 2-0 in Pool B play thanks to 2-1 and 3-0 victories today.