Indians struggle to get healthy
Although the Elsberry Indians Soccer Team has been playing some tough competition and even though they have seen a few wins, as well as losses, their biggest hurdle right now is getting everyone healthy.
“We have not had everyone available for a game yet this year,” said Head Coach Dustin Robinson.
The Indians played three games last week and saw three losses. Their first game against MMA would be well played, but after giving up a few late goals, the score would be 6-0. However, Robinson said they dominated as far as possession went and he was extremely happy with how well his boy’s played together.
“We just had a few breakdowns defensively and it ended up costing us,” explained Robinson.
Next up was Fort Zumwalt North on Wednesday, Sept. 18. It was 2-0 at the half, but with less than a full squad, they just couldn’t gain any momentum in the second. The final score would be 8-0.
Last week’s final game would be against O’Fallon Christian, who is part of the same district as Elsberry. Although the Indians would see another loss, 4-1, Robinson said they made some good adjustments in the second half.
“Ben Rhoades scored about five minutes into the game to take a 1-0 lead,” said Robinson. “We would then give up two goals later in the half to trail 2-1 at half. The back-breaker in this one was how they scored the third goal. One of our defenders went to clear a ball while Grant Black (our keeper) was coming out to play the ball.”
Robinson would go on to say that while clearing the ball; it hit off of a Christian player and went over Blacks head and into the goal.
“This was frustrating but overall we played a pretty good game,” said Robinson.
Late in the game, the Indians gave up a penalty kick, according to Robinson. The third goal was a headed ball in the box by an Indian player, who defected off of another Indian player.
“We can`t catch a break right now, but I know our season is going to turn around shortly,” said Robinson. “We are very close to getting over the hump. We just need to put full games together and we will be right where we want to be. Our expectations are still very high for this season and still have time to win a district title.”
However, Robinson said Dalton Barber had his best game of the year, even though he didn’t score.
“Our biggest thing right now is to get everyone healthy. We have a busy week this week with the Winfield tournament. We lost Monday’s game, 4-1, with five guys missing, four being starters,” said Robinson
The Indians will play again at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Winfield Tournament, then at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26. Their final game will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28.
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