Cougars looking to strike

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Cobequid out to score goals, nab first against Northumberland today

Cougars looking to strike

TRURO - Most teams would be panicking with no goals three games into the season.
Not the Cobequid Cougars girls soccer squad. And for good reason. The Cougars have been generating plenty of chances and have hit every part of the net except the mesh. They know if they keep those chances coming, eventually goals will follow.
"We feel like we're playing very well," said co-coach Trevor Gordon. "We are. But we just keep getting the same result, 0-0, 0-0, 0-0. But that's just soccer."
They're hoping to buck the trend and start putting the ball over the goal line today when they host the Northumberland Nighthawks at CEC at 4:30 p.m.
The Nighthawks are the only team in the Northumberland region to post a win this season. Northumberland has just one victory while the rest of their games (as well as Cobequid's, North Nova and Dr. John Hugh Gillis') have resulted in draws.
The results leave Northumberland in first with just four points, while Cobequid is second with three. A win today puts the Cougars on top with just one game remaining in the regular season.
"We all know it's a pretty important game," Gordon said.
But the Cougars lack of scoring doesn't have the players worried. The Cobequid back end hasn't allowed any goals either and the Cougars got their offence rolling with a 3-0 exhibition match win over South Colchester Academy Friday.
"We were making really good passes and good crosses," said rookie striker Erin MacKenzie, who netted a pair of goals in the friendly. "I think it really helped us."
But the Cougars feel the result was more of a relief than confidence booster.
"Because we didn't lack confidence," Gordon said. "It was just getting the monkey off our back. All the other games were just unfair that we didn't score. But we deserved to win against South Colchester."
MacKenzie agreed.
"I think we just have to keep playing like that," she said. "We need those good crosses and for everyone to be there."

sports@trurodaily.com

Organizations: South Colchester Academy

Geographic location: Northumberland, North Nova, Colchester

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