Boys’ soccer lose two

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Nate Scott rushes to keep the ball in-bounds.
Tom Neureuther takes control and dribbles down field.

The Patrick County High School boys’ soccer team suffered two losses last week, falling to Magna Vista 5-2 last Tuesday at home, and falling to Halifax 6-2 Thursday.

“Our guys are playing good—we are just struggling to finish the ball in the back of the net,” said Coach Oscar Tejeda.

One problem the Cougars faced in Tuesday’s game was that the Cougars played to Magna Vista’s style of soccer. “We did not stick to the style of soccer we are trying to teach,” Tejeda said.

The Cougars were plagued with injuries last week. “We had to pull up a couple of our JV guys to help fill in some of those positions,” Tejeda explained.

Thursday’s game at Halifax saw the Cougars turn their play around. “We still fell to Halifax, but the boys played hard,” Tejeda said. “When we play good teams, we compete at a great level. It seems that when we face teams that just kick the ball, we seem to try to copy what they do,” he said. “We are trying to fix that issue,” he said.

“We are looking to finish the season strong and pick up a couple of wins,” Tejeda said.

The Cougars played at Blacksburg Monday and will host Martinsville Friday.