Two second-half goals from Olivia Cooke (51’, 70’) and some key saves from Mollie Eriksson helped lead the West Ottawa Warriors to a 4-1 home win in League1 action on Friday night against Darby FC. The win improves the club’s season record to 4-3 and maintains its third-place position in the 11-team league.
An early hand ball in the box led to a penalty kick which Darby converted to take a 1-0 lead (8’). WOSC was shut down the visitors for the remaining 90 minutes, despite missing some key defensive players. Called-up players from WOSC’s youth program were able to fill the gaps left by the missing players in a match that got very physical at times.
The early goal seemed to motivate the Warriors to push offensively, using their speed to get in behind the Darby defenders. Melissa Baynes capitalized on a deflection after continuing a great run to tie the game (17’) and just over 10 minutes later Sarah Royer put the Warriors into the lead (29’).
Darby was able to put sustained pressure on West Ottawa in the second half as they looked to get back within a goal, but Cooke’s second goal sealed the deal for the Warriors.
The Warriors will travel to Mississauga on Saturday to take on North Mississauga SC at 8 p.m. The next home game is on June 23 at 7 p.m.