CORNER BROOK It was downright wet and miserable. And they loved every minute of it.
Female soccer players braved the elements Monday night as the Island Orthotics Curling Rangers blanked Physical Rehab 3-0 under slippery conditions at Wellington Street sports complex.
Jacqueline Carey of Physical Rehab was bubbling with enthusiasm after the game despite being on the losing side. She was quick to point out she is so proud of the Corner Brook Women’s Soccer League for the way it has flourished in the past couple of years. Local entries in the women’s league always had its core players, according to Carey, but now the league has been bolstered by rookies who have come out of the woodwork and former players who have decided to make a comeback.
“Torrential rain and it was freezing cold, and it was so much fun,” Carey said following the contest.
Carey loves the way players in the league have made a stronger commitment to the game and didn’t hear anybody complain about the conditions.
She just heard the infectious laughs from both sides. She saw a scattered player or two get a shot to the body that stung and left a mark. There was a player or two with souvenirs to show for a fall to the slippery turf.
“Spirits were really high and I thought everybody was very sports-minded,” she said.
Seeing everybody enjoy themselves on the field, Carey beams with pride over the way the women’s game has grown.
“We were fledgling five and six years ago and now we got full, strong teams out playing in this weather,” she said.
Dee Costello had a big say in the outcome of the game with a two-goal performance, including the game’s first goal at 60 minutes. Costello added her second goal of the game two minutes later and Erin O’Farrell put the game out of reach with a goal on a penalty kick at 75 minutes.
League action resumes Wednesday with the Bud Light Shamrocks tangling with the Rangers 8:30 p.m. at Wellington Street Sports Complex.