Cougars conquered by Royals in regional final

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Cobequid shows up flat for Game 2 of total-goal series

TRURO - It's bad enough the Cobequid Cougars were manhandled in their NSSAF Northumberland region final Wednesday against the Dr. John Hugh Gillis Royals.
What makes it worse is the Cougars boys soccer team has no idea why it showed up so flat and got pounded 6-1.
The result means the Cougars lose the two-game, total-goal final 8-2 on aggregate and must enter a qualifier to try to get to provincials Nov. 6 and 7 in Cape Breton.
"We're very disappointed," said Cougars keeper Tyler MacIntyre. "It's a big letdown because we all knew we could play better."
In spite of only trailing 2-1 on aggregate coming into Wednesday's match, the Cougars seemed defeated right from the kickoff.
"We just kind of hung our heads and stood around," coach Jay Foster said.
The performance had MacIntyre bewildered.
"I've never seen our team play like that before," the Grade 12 student said.
The Royals scored about 10 minutes into the match and built a 4-0 lead by halftime.
Dean Dillman netted the lone Cougars marker with two minutes remaining off a scramble in front of the Gillis net.
Foster said the Cougars are now turning their focus to fixing what went wrong Wednesday.
"Yes we're young but there's no excuse for not thinking we can compete when we know we can," he said.
MacIntyre said the Cougars will use the loss as a wake-up call.
"I think it's going to make us more hungry," he said.

sports@trurodaily.com

Geographic location: Northumberland, Cape Breton

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