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Monday, October 19, 2020

Tigers stumble to 7-0 girls soccer league road defeat  

Taft junior Ella Knott was one of many Tigers wondering what went wrong Monday in a 7-0 defeat (File photo by Lon French)

The Taft High girls soccer team played what Coach Joey Arce-Torres succinctly called “our worst match of the season” Monday in a 7-0 league loss at Westside Christian/Perrydale.

“The kids came out flat and hesitant,” he said as the Tigers (1-5, 1-4 Class 3A/2A/1A Special District 2) behind 5-0 by halftime against the Eagles (3-2-1, 2-2-1). “We had much stronger play and recognition of assignments during the second half.”

Taft returns to action at 4:15 p.m. Thursday at home in a league match with Gervais.

Additional quotes from Coach Arce-Torres:

“It was a super-frustrating match for all concerned. The kids didn’t look ready to participate at game time. With a young squad, finding the fine line regarding too loose or scared and uptight was apparent. We had kids under the weather and some returning from long layoffs.

“Monday matches create a unique problem not practicing for days and the big layoff. Grass fields also bring large challenges to our young athletes for we can’t duplicate the surface. Our mesa is short grass and burnt, the field today and last week were tall grass and mud — way different and requiring time on field to adjust.

“I’m hoping we can regroup and come out Thursday and play our style of soccer.”

Jim Fossum
Jim Fossumhttp://SilverandBlackToday.com
Homepage Executive Editor and former longtime Sports Editor of the near-200,000 circulation Las Vegas Review-Journal, Fossum brings 40 years of award-winning experience covering virtually every facet of print and digital journalism to Lincoln City Homepage. The former longtime reporter for the Newport News-Times and Lincoln City News Guard is also Editor-in-Chief and Senior Columnist for SilverandBlackToday.com, which covers the NFL's Oakland (Las Vegas) Raiders.

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