Cougar soccer beats MHS in OT; falls to GW of Danville

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By Stephen Henderson

Burke Gonzalez (#3) steps in front of a GW player to maintain control down field.

The Patrick County High School boys’ soccer team traveled to Martinsville last Tuesday and came out on top 2-1 in overtime.

Scoring for the Cougars were Gonzalo Vargas and Tom Neureuther.

“The week prior, we did not have a game,” said Coach Oscar Tejeda. “We worked on some of our mental errors and tried to figure out who we wanted to become as a team. The biggest change is that the guys started believing in themselves and playing with a lot of heart,” he said.

“I do believe this is the first team that has ever beaten Martinsville. Martinsville has always had a very good program,” Tejeda said. “Their program has had several state appearances, including last year. I believe we are headed in the right direction with our program,” he said.

At halftime the score of the Martinsville game was 0-0. Fourteen minutes into the second half, Martinsville scored the first goal of the match.

About 16 minutes later, Gonzalo tied the game up.

“The tie took us into overtime, and in the second half of overtime, Tom Neureuther gave us the finishing goal,” Tejeda said.

“We possessed and played as a team, controlling the entire field. We missed several goals; however, Martinsville’s goalie had some very good saves,” Tejeda said.

Friday, the Cougars hosted George Washington of Danville. PC ended up losing 3-0.

According to Coach Adrian Edwards, the team was not able to possess as well as they did versus Martinsville.

“The boys did not regress. GW Danville capitalized on a couple of set pieces,” Tejeda said.

“We have improved since the last time we played against GW, and we will continue to work on the small things that will get us there,” he added.

The Cougars have three games this week. They host Tunstall Tuesday, travel to Blacksburg Wednesday, and travel to Bassett Friday.