Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 10:21 pm | Updated: 10:25 pm, Wed Sep 9, 2015.
By AARON KENNEDY firstname.lastname@example.org
ROSSVILLE – The Rossville boys’ soccer team had its opportunities but couldn’t find the back of the net enough in Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to the visiting North Montgomery Chargers.
“They are a good team. They played us tight last year, and I knew it was going to be a close game again,” Rossville head coach Joel Wilson said. “A lot of it had to do with how we came out ready for the game. We were a little hesitant and passive, and that was the difference.”
North Montgomery senior forwards Alec Fruits and Jaron Wolf each scored a goal in the first half to give the Chargers a 2-0 lead by halftime.
“There was a little bit of miscommunication,” Wilson said. “The back guys were not going to the ball strong like they should, and (North Montgomery) squeezed a few in there right in front of the goal. It was kind of a scrum, and they finished it off.
“Hats off to them,” he added. “They really charged after it and made sure they got the goals.”
Still trailing 2-0 in the second period, senior midfielder Zak Soiseth battled for the ball in traffic after a Kelton Saylor corner kick and punched it in for the Hornet’s only goal of the night with 20 minutes and 32 seconds remaining to play. It was Soiseth’s first goal of the season.
“It was a good corner kick, and we followed through – kind of like how (North Montgomery) had been doing – and finished it,” Wilson said.
Suddenly down by just one goal, the Hornets felt like they were back in the match. Unfortunately for Rossville, the Chargers’ Mason Adams scored just a minute-and-a-half after Soiseth’s goal to extinguish the Hornets’ momentum and push North Montgomery’s lead back to two goals.
“They had a quick transition, and we had a couple of guys out of place,” Wilson said. “We didn’t mark-up, and they took advantage of each situation that they had. We had situations where we could have scored on them – a lot more shots – but we didn’t make ours count.”
The Hornets had eight shots on goal, but nothing was able to cross the line.
“In the second half, we really picked it up. Our guys did what I asked, but it was a little bit too late,” Wilson said. “And there was not enough finishing. We had plenty of shots, but we just couldn’t put them in.
“We are a young team this year, and we are continuing to adjust to the pace of the game and understanding what it is going to take to compete at the level we need to.”
The Hornets (4-4-1, 2-0 Hoosier Heartland) take on Eastern at 5 p.m. Monday at Rossville.
“It will be a tough conference game,” Wilson said. “And then we will play another tough conference game on Wednesday against Taylor.”