Archive for Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Soccer showing encouraging signs

Kaitlin Dixon (3) battles for the ball against De Soto’s Jordan Slater (2) and Jordan Riffel Saturday at Eudora. The Cardinals lost the match 3-0 but gave the defending league champions all they could handle.

Kaitlin Dixon (3) battles for the ball against De Soto’s Jordan Slater (2) and Jordan Riffel Saturday at Eudora. The Cardinals lost the match 3-0 but gave the defending league champions all they could handle.

October 7, 2009

The Eudora soccer team is showing improvement all over the pitch. Eudora added another win last week against K.C. Sumner and gave De Soto all it could handle Saturday at Eudora.

While Cardinals lost the match to the defending league champion Wildcats, 3-0, Eudora battled for the full 80 minutes and trailed by just one at the half.

“We’ve settled into understanding what we’re trying to do,” Eudora soccer coach Gunar Harmon said. “We knew what De Soto’s style of play was like. They start eight seniors, two juniors and a sophomore, and they’re very mobile. We conceded some offensive ideas in terms of trying to counteract what their mobility was.”

De Soto scored its lone goal of the half in the first few minutes of the game, but after that Eudora played solid defense and held a much faster team in check. Eudora also had several deep runs on the De Soto backline and put up several shots in the first half, but none could find the net.

“We still managed to get chances at goal, happy about that,” Harmon said. “Still not happy about how early we’re conceding goals. These goals in the first five minutes of halves are still pretty perplexing. But otherwise in general the amount of pressure that we’re under in terms of playing quality opponents, we’re playing pretty well.”

The second half, De Soto scored a goal about midway through and scored another goal about 10 minutes later. But Harmon said that was a result of two teams playing quality soccer.

“There wasn’t a lot of individual errors compounded by more breakdowns,” Harmon said. “De Soto’s goals were earned. I mean that’s good soccer. That’s what you’re playing; you’re playing good soccer against good soccer.”

Harmon said despite the loss he was pleased with how his team played.

“We’re playing well,” Harmon said. “I was very happy with the effort we gave. I told them we were playing great against a good opponent, and that’s what it takes. We had at times three or four freshman on the field competing against their first 11. And that says how good the players are coming in.”

Eudora also took on Schlage Tuesday and lost another close match 1-0. The Cardinals will play Gardner at 4 p.m. Thursday at Eudora.

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