|4/17/2013 2:43:00 PM|
Kodiak soccer team falls into fifth
place with losses to Quincy, Brewster
Since their 3-1 win over Cashmere on March 19, the defending league champion Cascade Kodiaks have lost five games in a row. And during that five game span, Cascade has scored only goal.
Photo by Ian Dunn
Eduardo Barragan of Cascade goes airborn as he tries to make a play on the ball against Quincy. The Kodiaks lost 3-0 to the second place Jacks.
Head Coach Pete Spiegel can't quite put a finger on the Kodiak scoring drought. During this losing streak, the Kodiaks were frequently down in the games, causing the boys to press and sometimes hang their heads.
"Last year, we really weren't down in games. But this year, we have been down. We need to keep our heads up and keep pressing," Spiegel said. "Part of it is we haven't had a good build up as we need. It's not to our advantage. We have to do a better job building up. Part of it is a mental thing, if you haven't scored in a long time."
Only the top four teams advance to postseason, so at present, the defending league and district champion Kodiaks are on the outside looking in. Cascade is 3-4 in league, trailing Chelan (8-0), Quincy (7-2), Brewster (6-1) and Okanogan (4-4).
"We might be able to sneak into fourth if we beat Okanogan. We have a shootout point. As long as we take care of business, it should fall our way," he said.
On April 9, Cascade lost 2-0 to Quincy in Leavenworth. The Jacks scored a goal 15 seconds into the game, and again at 19:30. It was 2-0 at halftime. Quincy would score again in the second half at 27:00 and went on to win 3-0.
"We played really well the first 15 minutes. We really dominated the game," he said. "The goals took the wind out of our sails. What we took from that was we have to be tougher. Because a team scores a goal or two, you can't get down. You have to get back at it."
Last Saturday, Cascade played an inspired match against Brewster. Neither team could score in the regular session and through two overtime periods. The Bears won the game 4-2 in the shootout.
The best chance for a Kodiak score came in the first half when senior Omar Solis attempted a free kick from 18 yards out, which bounced off the post.
"This game was really played between the 18s. Nobody really got any opportunities," he said. "It was a defensive stalemate."
"This was our first game putting out the entire lineup. We were able to put it together. Now, we need to finish. Defensively, we have played well."
Cascade played at league leader Chelan on April 16. Results were not available before press time. On Thursday, Cascade hosts a non league game against Manson. On Saturday, Tonasket comes to Leavenworth.
"I love playing Chelan. It is always fun, a dogfight. Last time, we weren't able to keep our cool. Right now, they are top of the league. It would be nice to bring them down. They are a physical, aggressive team," he said.
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or email@example.com.
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