Taken at face value, losing to perennial Metro Women's Soccer premier juggernaut Surrey United 4-2 is not bad.
Launching the season against the 10-time defending B.C. champs is a formidable test - and when your lineup is peppered with under-18 callups, success is measured in different terms.
The Coquitlam Metro-Ford Extreme achieved some of its goals in the opener despite the loss, and now have an effective measuring stick to apply through the 2013-14 season.
"As a coach I'm not unhappy at the result, but we certainly wished for a quicker start," remarked Coquitlam coach Bruno Colangelo. "It took us a while to get into it, and we made a few miscues, some misplays, that you can't do against a team like theirs."
Surrey led 2-0 at the half and 4-0 before the Extreme knew what hit them. But there were no white flags, as the Coquitlam crew countered on markers by Sarah Sullivan and Phebe Trotman to keep it close.
The club's callups - who Colangelo expects to dress every league game until the college and university seasons end in November - acquitted themselves admirably, he said.
"It's just the speed of the game and speed of the play that becomes a factor. Against a team like Surrey, there is no room for error, they are right on it and they take any mistake you make and before you know it, it's in the back of your net."
Leadership will come from some familiar stalwarts - Sara Maglio, Melissa Mobilio, Lauren Lachlan and Trotman.
"We've got good players at every position but certainly we'll be relying early on our core
players," said the coach. "The (underaged players) will learn a tonne."
Coquitlam hosts Penninsula Highlanders on Saturday, 3 p.m. at Town Centre East.
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