Cougars trail in regional final

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Cobequid still confident it can upend front-running Royals today

Cougars trail in regional final

TRURO - Sometimes there's such a thing as too intense.
The Cobequid Cougars were that way Tuesday and they find themselves trailing 2-1 to the Dr. John Hugh Gillis Royals in their two-game, total-goal NSSAF Northumberland region boys soccer final, which continues today at 4 p.m. at the Antigonish school.
The winner of the series moves on to provincials while the loser will be forced into a qualifier.
"We're a little disappointed but it wasn't for lack of effort," Cougars coach Jay Foster said following Tuesday's match. "Sometimes you get so intense that you lose your composure on the ball.
"We'll have to be better at that (today)," he added. "We want to keep that intensity but we want to be composed too."
The Cougars haven't had much success away from home in the recent future. Last week's win at Northumberland was Cobequid's first in two seasons and despite trailing in the series against the region's No. 1 ranked side, the Cougars feel by no means is the series over.
"We only lost 2-1 to them on what I think are a couple lucky goals," said senior Cougars fullback Andrew Myette. "We showed ourselves we can definitely play with them."
The Royals jumped out to a 1-0 lead early in the first half Tuesday before Cobequid's Chris Ross knocked in the equalizer at the 20-minute mark. The score remained that way, with plenty of quality scoring chances for both sides, until mid-way through the second half when the Royals pounced on a rebound from a tough save by Cougars rookie keeper Nick Roberts and buried it.
"We had a good effort but they can score on the smallest lapse," Myette said. "One little mistake by us and they score."
Foster said he liked what he saw from his team.
"We came to play today," he said.
And the Cougars feel like they'll be ready to play today.
"We know we're down a goal and we don't want to be in a qualifier," Myette said. "We want to win the region."
Myette said he and his teammates feel that's achievable now that the Cougars are playing their best soccer of the season.
"Usually we have some guys playing good and some not," Myette said. "But (yesterday) everyone played a good game.
"(Winning today) is not an unrealistic goal."

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Organizations: Antigonish school

Geographic location: Northumberland

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