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Soccer team loses edge

October 13, 2005

A little more than a week ago, a struggling Eudora soccer team found a streak of good fortune coupled with good play and strung together two wins in three games.

However, things have since gone south for the squad, and it looks like the start of the year again. The Cardinals have stumbled into a three-game winless streak in which they have managed just one goal.

The latest installment in the streak came Tuesday at Paola as the team gave up four first-half goals on its way to a 6-0 loss. It was a first half in which the Cardinals showed the head coach some things he would rather not have seen.

"We didn't play well at all in the first half," coach Erik Peltzman said. "Three of the four goals were just lack of defense. A lot of it is coaching, they just weren't prepared."

The loss to the Panthers was a setback that came on the heels of a similarly disappointing Saturday outing against the Baldwin Bulldogs.

The team went into the match with revenge on its mind as an earlier game against the fledgling Bulldogs resulted in a 6-3 loss. It was a game that saw the Cardinals give up an early lead on its way to the defeat.

But the result proved the same as the Bulldogs came away with a 2-0 victory.

Once again, the team showed some disturbing signs to the coaching staff.

"They seemed like they didn't come to play," Peltzman said. "It was disappointing to see that for this game. We couldn't put the ball in the net, and we can't expect to win giving 40 percent."

As disappointing as the losses at Baldwin and Paola were, perhaps the week's biggest emotional letdown came last Thursday as the Cardinals fought tooth and nail with Bishop Seabury Academy, only to see the game end in a 1-1 tie after two overtime periods.

"We played a solid 100 minutes," Peltzman said. "It's a little disappointing, I just can't stand ties; it's not much different than losing."

The Cardinals (2-10-1) had marked the Seahawks on the calendar as a game that was ripe to keep them on the winning path.

The team came out hungry and played with a tenacity that was lacking at some moments earlier in the season.

Eudora broke out on top 1-0 early in the first half and held the score through most of the second half.

But a line-drive kick by the Seahawks' Shin-Jae-Lee sailed past sophomore keeper Anthony Barta to tie the game and take the wind out of the Cardinals' sails.

The winless streak for the Cardinals has come as a stark reminder that the program is still itself in its early stages and will need some work for the future.

"We had things going there for a while," Peltzman said. "But it's just a reminder that we are a young team and we still have things to work on. These guys can't be satisfied with just two wins."

The Cardinals will head to Louisburg Monday for a re-match with the Wildcats. Louisburg handed Eudora a 12-2 loss earlier in the year.

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