Cougars battle, but fall in opener

By DAVID GRAVELY
SWT Sports Editor

The Cougar soccer team opened its season under first-year head coach Chris Castle Friday, and despite a solid effort, fell by a final score of 3-2 to an athletic and fast William Fleming squad.

“Fleming was the typical type of team that they produce,” Castle said. “They were fast, athletic kids that are very creative on the ball. We are a young team that didn’t back down tonight, our effort was good.”

The game was scoreless through much of the first half until Ryan Castle sent a 35 yard free kick towards the goal. The ball bounced off of a William Fleming defender and into the goal to break the stalemate. The first half ended with the Cougars holding on to the 1-0 lead.

Denison Amaya scored a goal for the Colonels to tie things up, but after being brought down inside the box by a Fleming defender Castle was awarded a penalty kick. His kick was good, giving the Cougars the 2-1 lead. Amaya connected on a second goal to tie the game again, and then Elder Diaz scored with less than 2 minutes in the game to give the Colonels the 3-2 win.

“I’m the second half we allowed William Fleming to dictate the flow and tempo of the game,” Castle said. “They adjusted in the second half by bringing more players forward and playing more direct.  I thought we had an opportunity to control the middle of the field but instead tried to match Fleming directness and creativity, which isn’t our strength.  I like this team and I’m excited to see where they will be come May.  Our objective is to be better in May than February to get ready for conference play.”

In the junior varsity contest the younger Cougars almost pulled off the win, but thanks to a second half goal by the Colonels the game ended in a 2-2 tie. Evan Somerville scored the first goal for Pulaski County with an assist from Shaun King. Riley Moore scored the second Cougar goal on a penalty kick.

The Cougars will travel to Roanoke Thursday to face these same Colonels in a rematch. JV action will begin at 5:30 followed by the varsity contest at 7 p.m.

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