p.m., Sept. 2)
Cobras put finishing touch on undefeated season
By Fred Sherwin
Cumberland Cobras Adrienne Li takes a spill while tracking down the ball
during second half action against the OSU Force on Tuesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Cobras U13 Level 3 girls team wrapped up their regular season schedule with
another win on Tuesday to capture first place in the Eastern Regional Soccer
League with a record of 11 wins, one tie and zero losses.
To say that the
Cobras completely dominated their ERSL opponents is a gargantuan understatement.
In 13 games, they scored a league leading 85 times while allowing just 12
goals for a +73 goal differential.
they had a difficult time transferring their regular season success to tournament
play where they seldom made it past the semi-finals.
They made it
to the semi-finals of the prestigious Robbie International Tournament in
Toronto before losing to the eventual winners from Waterloo and they were
unable to make it past the quarterfinals of the Ontario Cup where they lost
2-1 at home to the Oshawa Kicks.
In summing up
the season, Cobras head coach George Decosta said the girls had issues playing
at a consistently high level.
to play to the level of our competition and that doesn't work in tournaments
where you have to be at the top of your game all the time and that's where
we got into trouble," said Decosta.
The Cobras had
no trouble dealing with the other teams in the ERSL. Led by striker Miranda
Smith, who scored 28 times in 14 league games, the Cobras averaged six goals
per game. They scored in double figures three times including a pair of
11-1 wins over the Gloucester Hornets U13 Level 3 team. The only blemish
on their record was a 1-1 draw against the Kanata Lightning on June 30.
game against the Ottawa South Force, Smith and Adrienne Li both scored in
the first half to give the Cobras a 2-1 halftime lead.
The Force tried
to even the score in the early part of the second half but could only muster
one decent shot on goal. By the midway point of the half the tide had turned
once again in favour of the Cobras who came at the Force in waves until
the referee's whistle put an end to the contest.
at the top of the Level 3 Regional division, the Cobras have the option
of moving up to the Ontario Youth Soccer League (OYSL) next year. While
the decision is entirely up to the soccer club, Decosta hinted that his
own recommendation would be to stay in the ERSL.
Last year's U13
Regional team won both the ERSL League Championship and the ERSL Cup. After
deciding to stay in the ERSL, their record is a mediocre 4-6-3. A big reason
for their change in fortune has been the loss of last year's leading scorer
Julia Davis who has moved on to the Ottawa Fury.
On a positive
note, the Cobras have managed to qualify for the ERSL Cup finals for the
third year in a row.
The current U13
Level 3 team may find themselves in the same predicament. With 64 goals
in the past two seasons, Smith will be heavily courted by the Fury during
the off season. Should she decide to transfer clubs, the Cobras will be
hard-pressed to replace her on the scoresheet.
Adrienne L., Miranda S., Morgan D., Natasha B., Jenna L., Thara D., Jordan
L., Veronica J., Shania L., Sydney S., Noemi M., Rachel J., Brittney C.,
Katrina M., Emma T., Melissa C., and Rowan H. Fred Sherwin/Photo
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