This time around though, the Buccaneers were able to steal away a 2-0 win at the Greater Cleveland Soccer Complex on Tuesday night.
“Boyd has a real good soccer program, and we were happy to get an early season matchup with them. We’ve had some very close games with them in the past few years,” Cleveland head coach John Brose said.
Despite being shut out on their first game of the season, the coach didn’t see a lack of effort put forth by his team. In fact, Coach Brose felt the Raiders perhaps were a bit too uptight on the pitch.
“We didn’t play our best soccer, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort. I think we were a little too uptight and out of sync offensively,” Brose explained. “Then in the second half when we went down a man, I thought we played our best soccer of the night for that last 25 minutes of the game. The guys fought their guts out for the rest of the night but got us on the counterattack a bit too late.”
Both Cleveland and Boyd battled back and forth on the field, with double goose eggs on the scoreboard until the final four minutes of the first half.
The Buccaneers’ Rainer Zarzour was able to sneak one past the Raiders’ keeper with 3:58 left in the first half, which held solid and gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at halftime.
It would take until the 64th minute of the match before another goal was scored, this one coming from Boyd-Buchanan’s David Ingram.
The Raiders, led by senior Anfernee Avila, attempted to get some offense of their own going, but were ultimately stonewalled by the Buccaneer goalkeeper.
Closing out their first game of the season with a loss was, of course, not part of the plan, but Cleveland will have little time to dwell on it as the sixth annual Cleveland Classic soccer tournament begins on Thursday.
“I think we just need to relax and play. Hopefully as the season goes on we’ll relax and play more naturally,” Brose stated.
BUCCANEERS 2, RAIDERS 0
Halftime score: 1-0. Goals: Rainer Zarzour, David Ingram (BB). Record: Cleveland 0-1.