Cowichan Outlaws goal-scorer Samantha McLean battles a Nanaimo player for the ball during last Sunday’s LIWSA Div. 2 showdown at the Williams Turf. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Two Samanthas strike for Outlaws in loss to Nanaimo

Walker and McLean find the net for Cowichan

The Cowichan Outlaws could use more Samanthas.

Both players on the Div. 2 women’s soccer team who sport that name scored goals as Cowichan hosted Nanaimo at Williams Turf last weekend, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Outlaws lost 5-2.

Nanaimo scored early on, but right back Samantha Walker answered back with a long ball into the top of the net, helping her earn the hard hat as Cowichan’s Woman of the Match. Nanaimo scored again, but Samantha McLean, a call-up from Cowichan’s U18 Premier League team, finished off a good independent effort with a goal of her own.

Nanaimo, who sit second in the Div. 2 standings, were far from finished, however, going ahead with one late goal, followed by a successful penalty kick, then another goal when Cowichan made a last-ditch push.

Joining McLean as call-ups from the U18 team were Keira Martin and goalkeeper MacKenna Posey.

“It was a fun game,” Cowichan coach Neall Rowlings said.

The Outlaws will visit third-place Castaways FC at PISE this Saturday.

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