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Nyomi Hysuick of the Central Cyclones kicks the ball away from Heather Mowers of the Caronport Cougars during high school girls soccer action on Thursday evening at Smith Field. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
The Caronport Cougars knew coming back into the league after a four-year absence was going to have its ups and downs.
On Thursday evening, the Cougars were shut out 8-0 by the Central Cyclones in high school girls soccer league action at Smith Field.
“We had several chances. They have a good keeper and very good defence, but we could have had two or three goals against them,” stated Rod Appleby, coach for Caronport. “(We) have good heart and good spirit. The girls didn’t quit, even though they got beat on the scoreboard, fairly soundly.”
The Cyclones were led by senior Magbeni Keita, who had four goals.
“The girls are helping me out and it is fun so far,” said Keita. “We have a strong team this year, so I am sharing the fame with all of them.”
Rachel Dorais, Gillian Francis, Emily Karn and Taylor Kell also scored for the Cyclones. Central led 3-0 at half time.
“I think we played well as a team and it was a lot of good passes,” said Keita. “Most of my shots were given to me by other players, that was definitely the pro of it all.”
The Cougars are a mixed team this year, with some athletes that have played soccer before, but they also have girls that are just picking up the sport.
“Two of my girls just came out to practice (Wednesday) and they’ve only have one of two practices,” said Appleby.
Despite the lopsided loss for the Cougars, coach Appleby was still happy with the overall approach his team had against Central, although they still have some aspects they would like to improve upon.
“I think one our key things is just individual ball control,” said Appleby. “For several of these kids, it is their first year they have ever played and you don’t become a master of ball control in two weeks of practice. There is so much more to it than just the score.”
The Cyclones were happy with the rebound win and are excited to have a strong and bigger roster this season. They have hopes of going far this season and hope to sit near the top of the standings.
“I think we are strong this year and a lot of the girls have played on other teams and they know the sport,” explained Keita. “The goal is to go over and beyond. That means to go as far as we can and use our strength. Since most of the girls are good, I don’t see why not.”
In the other girls soccer match, Vanier shut out Peacock 3-0 at Smith Field.
Maddie Crickmore, Jenna Coates and Clair Snyder provided the offence for the Spirits.
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