Mustangs fall to Chargers
by By RICHARD ROBERTS Banner Sports Editor
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WALKER VALLEY FRESHMAN Blayne Carroll works against a McMinn Central defender during first half soccer action at Walker Valley, Tuesday.
WALKER VALLEY FRESHMAN Blayne Carroll works against a McMinn Central defender during first half soccer action at Walker Valley, Tuesday.
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Walker Valley continues to chase its first soccer victory of the season. The Mustangs failed to follow through on numerous first-half chances while McMinn Central scored one goal early and another late in the game to claim a 2-0 win.

With a brisk but warm breeze at their backs the Mustangs played largely in the McMinn Central zone, but were unable to put the finish on first-half opportunities.

"From the whistle we were in the attacking half. We had some opportunities, we just didn't put them away," said Mustangs coach Tom Bayliss. "We do maybe two positives and then a negative. We couldn't put it in the back of the net, or that final pass wasn't there, or the final touch wasn't there.

"They had very limited opportunities, but they capitalized on theirs, where we had quite a few more opportunities, we just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net."

The Chargers scored in the 7th minute to take a 1-0 lead where it remained at the half.

Bayliss said the wind could and should have been a fist half advantage for the Mustangs, but too may chances were passed.

"You maybe take a shot from farther out than you normally would because it’s going to have a little extra on it (because of the wind). We didn't do that in the first half," said Bayliss. "We had quite a few opportunities to pull maybe a 20- or 25-yard shot, but we wanted to take one more touch. Before we get the shot off, we are taking an extra touch and not getting the shot off. You've got to take the chances and be ready in a split second.

Trailing 1-0 in the second half and the wind now in their faces, the Mustangs squandered a golden opportunity to tie the game in the 45th minute.

A pass by a Charger to the Central keeper set the Mustangs up in prime position for an easy score off an indirect kick at point-blank range.

"A really wasted opportunity for us," Bayliss lamented. "We have an indirect kick at the 6-yard box. We have to know what an indirect kick means. Two people have to touch the ball before it goes in the back of the net. You can't kick it directly into the net. We didn't think through that very well."

The Chargers put the final score of the day in the nylons in the 72nd minute to lock up the win.

"McMinn Central is a good, physical team but I felt when we finally figured out it is a passing game, we knocked the ball around," said Bayliss. "The second half we knocked the ball around and they were having to play chase. Until we figured that out, we were trying to play a kickball, kick-and-run game. They are too physical and too fast to try to kick it, run and fight them off."