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Stellers secure the lone final berth for Cowichan field hockey
Three of Cowichan’s four teams made the semifinals of the Vancouver Island Ladies’ Field Hockey Association playoffs.
Div. 3 Cowichan Kestrels were the only team that didn’t make it, mainly due to injuries to key players.
The only team to reach the final was the Div. 3 Cowichan Stellers with an overtime victory against the Ravens.
Stellers were on the defensive early against the Ravens, made up primarily of ex-Cowichan players. But Craig turned the tables by scoring on a brilliant penalty corner just inside the post and Ashton Aumen followed with a perfectly-placed baseline shot past the keeper after numerous unsuccessful penalty corner attempts by Cowichan.
Ravens replied with a goal and then were awarded a penalty stroke that they converted for the tie to send the game into overtime.
The Stellers secured the victory in the early moments of sudden death from a penalty corner, with April Keller tipping it in.
The Stellers face Lynx III Saturday in the final. Div. 1 Flickers finished third in the league and met the Lynx I in semifinal action. Flickers played their best game of the season, with team members supporting each other with crisp passing and showing a desire to score.
Lynx I opened the scoring on a penalty corner, leaving rookie goalkeeper Robin Flemming no chance. But the Flickers’ Ali Andersen tied the game late in the second half on a penalty corner.
With only 10 minutes remaining, the Flickers gave up an own goal that ricocheted off a defender in a 2-1 loss.
The Cardinals placed fourth in Div. 2 and faced the Sailors in the semifinals.
Cardinals got off to a fast start, with Hannah Craig scoring on a penalty corner in the first five minutes. The Sailors drew even at halftime.
The Cardinals had the attacking advantage in the first half, but the Sailors came on strong in the second half with two goals.
The Cardinals didn’t give up and fought back to tie on goals by Shylayne Davidson and Michelle Purchase in the dying minutes to send the game into overtime.
In the early minutes of overtime, the Sailors scored to win 4-3. The Cardinals showed great team spirit in the tough loss to finish the season on a high note.