The outcome on a muddy pitch Tuesday night might not have been what Walker Valley (2-6, 1-3) was hoping for, but the result was still a vast improvement in comparison to last year’s team.
A little over a year ago the 2013 Mustangs soccer team was handed a deafening 7-0 loss by the Owls.
Tuesday evening, Walker Valley was able to go toe-to-toe with a once again strong Ooltewah (7-1-3, 2-0) team, which was only able to come away with a 2-0 win over the Mustangs this time around.
“We are still not scoring goals, and you can’t win if you don’t score goals,” Walker Valley coach Tom Bayliss lamented.
The Mustangs put up quite a strong defensive showing in the first 40 minutes of play, and by halftime the two teams were tied 0-0.
The second half started out on much the same note, but the young Walker Valley team’s youth became a factor as they struggled to put together a full 80 minute game.
The Owls took advantage of the “sluggish” play and were able to knock in two goals in the final 15 minutes of play.
“We always talk about playing a full game, and we only played about 65 minutes today: That’s not 80 so we’ve got to keep going,” Bayliss explained. “We got sluggish in the last 15 minutes or so, but played well prior to that, so we know that we can do it.”
In total, the Mustangs registered four shots on goal while the Owls finished with nine shots on goal.
Walker Valley keeper Skyler Swafford posted five saves in the District 5-AAA battle.
The Mustangs will have some time off, as their next varsity game will be at home against Brainerd at 6 p.m.
The JV squad squares off against Silverdale’s JV team at home on Thursday at 6 p.m.
BEARS 2, TROJANS 1
SODDY-DAISY — Having tied 1-1 with Coffee County this past Friday, the still undefeated Bears (7-0-1, 2-0) traveled to Soddy-Daisy Tuesday night for what turned into a heated district match that concluded in overtime.
According to head coach Tucker Blackmon, the effort put out by his team against the Trojans was no where near what he saw over the weekend against the Red Raiders.
“We didn’t play our best at all. The effort wasn’t there and we looked a little complacent,” Blackmon described. “This was probably one of our worst games this season.”
Despite a less than stellar performance, the Bears were able to strike first as Esteban Beltramin got one past the Trojan keeper.
With a 1-0 lead going into the second half, Bradley worked to hold Soddy-Daisy off, but the Trojans were able to tie things up with 20 minutes remaining.
“Soddy dropped back eight to nine players behind the ball whenever our defense had possession,” Blackmon explained. “It really cluttered things up out there for us.”
The two teams were forced to finish the District 5-AAA game in OT, and just three minutes in, Beltramin came through for the Bears once again and knocked in the game winner, which was his 10th goal of the season.
Bradley will be in for quite the battle on Thursday when they play crosstown rival Cleveland at the Cleveland Soccer Complex at 7 p.m.
HURRICANES 4, RAIDERS 1
COLLEGEDALE — After winning the Rebel Classic tournament over in Franklin County over the weekend, Cleveland (7-3-2, 2-1) was handed a tough district loss by first year 5-AAA opponent East Hamilton (4-1-2, 2-0) Tuesday evening.
Eight minutes into the game, the Raiders leading goal scorer Anfernee Avila, with an assist by Moss Jones, gave Cleveland a 1-0 lead.
Unfortunately for the normally high-scoring Raiders, that goal was their lone score of the evening.
East Hamilton was able to answer with one of their own a mere three minutes later, and then in the 24th minute made it a 2-1 game which held into the half.
The Hurricane’s third goal came in the 50th minute and the fourth and final goal came 14 minutes later.
The Raiders had nine shots on goal, while East Hamilton had six.