After Thursday night’s loss to Rhea County, Walker Valley has yet to win a match four games into its soccer season.
The Mustangs were dealt a 4-1 loss by the Golden Eagles much to the disbelief of Walker Valley head coach Tom Bayliss.
“It was just flat-out disappointing, I expect much more from these guys. We have the ability to play but for some reason we didn’t do it.”
The Eagles led the match 2-1 going into halftime, with a comeback win still possible for the Mustangs.
The lone goal for the home team came from freshman Blayne Carroll and was assisted by senior Jake Vincent.
Any hopes of snagging the win were dashed in the last 40 minutes of play, as Rhea County was able to score two more goals and hold Walker Valley at just one.
As a team made up of a majority of freshman, some growing pains are to be expected, but how long those growing pains will last remains unseen.
“I don’t see how we lack in skill or experience. Even though we’re young, these guys have played soccer all their life,” Bayliss commented. “The way I see it we’re lacking in heart and effort. We’re standing around and not helping each other. We’ve got to come together as a team because we’re not playing as good teammates.”
Coach Bayliss will have some time to work on his group’s teamwork and effort as the Mustangs will not be back in action until April 2, when they travel to take on Sequoyah.
RHEA COUNTY 4
WALKER VALLEY 1
Halftime score: 2-1, Rhea
Goals: Walker Valley: Blayne Carroll
Assists: Jake Vincent
Record: Walker Valley 0-4