The stage has been set for a rubber match between the girls' soccer teams of the Cochrane Cobras and Springbank Phoenix in tonight's (Oct. 24) gold medal game at Monklands Fields in Airdrie.

On Oct. 22, the Cobras beat the Bert Church Chargers, 3-0, in the semifinals of the Rocky View league. That same night, the Phoenix downed the Croxford Cavaliers, 4-0.

Still banged up from the zone championships, the Cobras found their form in the second half against the Chargers to ensure the gold medal game appearance. Regan Peters, Amy Schmidtke, and Bryn Barrett scored for the Cobras.

Cobras head coach Carolyn Mcleod says they were prepared for a tough game after the Chargers won their quarterfinal match against Chestermere, 11-2. 

"We knew we had to be ready," says Mcleod. "We had some girls a little bit banged up from the weekend, so we played them sparingly. There were a couple who couldn't play at all."

Some players may miss the final, but the Cobras do have a solid team ready to go.

"It's going to be a tough match, and they're going to want some revenge," says Mcleod. "Their keeper is really strong."

Mcleod is confident both teams will be fired up. The Phoenix are seeking revenge for their 1-0 loss at the hands of the Cobras in the zone championship semifinal. The Cobras, on the other hand, want to win the rubber match and successfully defend their divisional title. 

"If they play like they did on the weekend, we have a chance to beat them. The girls have to pretty much play their hearts out to beat Springbank. They are such a strong team this year."