Cougar soccer battles in three games

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Sophomore Burke Gonzalez (#3) wins the kick against the Halifax Comets.

The Patrick County High School varsity soccer team traveled to Christiansburg last Monday and played well for the first 20 minutes, according to Coach Oscar Tejeda. However, the Cougars lost to the Blue Demons 6-1.

Jacob Donnelly scored the lone goal for the Cougars.

“We are able to play with Christiansburg, and I know the score does not show it, but I believe we were getting the first game jitters out of the way,” Tejeda said.

Wednesday, the Cougars hosted Halifax in the first home game of the season. “It was a very hard fought battle,” Tejeda said.

The Comets led off with a goal at 20 minutes, and PC answered back to tie the game. Near the end of the first half, Halifax scored another goal. The score was 2-1 at halftime.

“We started the second half strong scoring and tying the game 2-2,” Tejeda said. “As the game continued, we missed several opportunities on scoring,” he said.

“Towards the end of the game, we made several mistakes and it cost us big time,” Tejeda said.

The Cougars allowed the Comets to score four more goals for a final score of 6-2.

“It really took me by surprise to see the final score go up on us. We had the game in reach, but lost all control towards the end,” Tejeda said.

Luis Ramirez and Jacob Donnelly scored for the Cougars.

Thursday, the Cougars hosted Floyd and came out with a 4-3 victory.

“After two hard games this week, you could tell a difference in the boys’ play. We were sore and hurting, but still managed to fight off Floyd for a 4-3 win,” Tejeda said.

“We had and maintained control of the game. Floyd just made their shots when it counted,” he said.

The Cougars who scored were Luis Ramirez, Bailey Holt, Gonzalo Vargas, and Jordan Dalton.

The Cougars played at George Washington of Danville Tuesday and will play at Tunstall Friday.

“I’m looking to have good success this week,” Tejeda said. “We played three hard games, and we have learned a lot from these games. We will continue to work hard and we as a team still believe that we can build a good record this year.”