Cobras can’t tame the Tigers
In its first year as a varsity program, the Triton/Hayfield/Kenyon-Wanamingo soccer team is still looking for its first win, after falling 5-2 to Stewartville on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Stewartville got the scoring started with a breakaway down the side.
The Cobras responded shortly after with a goal by Galen Anguiano off a cross.
The 1-1 score held until halftime.
In the second half, the Tigers grabbed a 2-1 lead with a goal off a throw-in.
Then, Triton responded with a goal on a one-on-one ball against the keeper, Adrian Martinez.
Stewartville then re-took the lead, 3-2.
Head Coach Patrick Floryance mentioned that the Cobras had an opportunity to tie it at 3-3, but were offside on the play.
The Tigers scored two more goals quickly to take a commanding 5-2 lead that became the final score.
He gives credit to Stewartville for controlling the ball in the second half.
“Stewartville did a good job winning the ball in the air and making good passes to maintain possession,” he said.
Despite the lopsided score, he said the game was very competitive.
“The teams played pretty evenly throughout the game. Both teams were playing fast on the attack and pushed up the field. We just got beat toward the end,” he said.
Floryance said going 0-3-1 in their first four games has been frustrating for his team.
“Our games have been emotionally challenging for them. They are in each game, but we haven't found that first victory yet,” he said.
To keep progressing toward that first win, he said the Cobras are going to focus on being aggressive and controlling the ball.
“We are continuing to work on being first to the ball and making good passes to maintain possession,” he mentioned.
Even though there’s plenty of room for improvement, Floryance noted that his team is starting to play as a more cohesive unit.
“Our team did a good job playing together. They are starting to settle in and find each other on the field. Players are getting used to the roles that they play within the team,” he said. “The team is really starting to come together.”
Triton’s next home game won't be until Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. against Lake City. That night will also be a celebration of Homecoming for Triton.