Walker Valley soccer coach Nathan Brown felt confident the Lady Mustangs were ready to take a large step forward after defeating Ooltewah 2-0.
“I felt confident. I felt very confident. We just beat Ooltewah, we hadn’t beaten them in our entire history. For us to go to Ooltewah’s place, beat them and come here, we felt that we were flying high,” Brown said of the confidence-boosting victory over the Lady Owls.
That was before the Lady Hurricanes of East Hamilton tossed a 4-0 shutout at the Lady Mustangs Tuesday afternoon.
“Today, honestly our girls didn’t come out to play,” said a disappointed Brown after a postgame chat with his team. “And they are disappointed, they didn’t need me to tell them that.”
The Lady Hurricanes scored eight minutes into the game and put a second score on the board in the 18th minute to take a 2-0 lead into the half.
“The improvement we have made is fantastic. (The East Hamilton) coach came over and the officials came over and said we were many times better than last year and they could definitely see that we have improved. But, that doesn’t help the fact that we just didn’t play today.”
The improvement by the Lady Mustangs was not good enough to keep East Hamilton from putting two more points on the board in the second 40 minutes.
The Lady ’Canes found the back of the net in the 50th minute and made it a 4-0 game with just over five minutes showing on the clock.
“We didn’t come out and play. I don’t exactly know exactly what it was. Our key players didn’t turn up as well today. Against a good team like East Hamilton, we need to play,” said Brown. “Maybe it could have been they thought, ‘Hey, we’ve done well,’ and just kind of dropped the performance. We’ll hit the drawing board again and work at a few things we need to work at.”