Soccer: River Rats show positives in 2-0 loss to Skyline

The Huron soccer team fell to a talented Skyline team 2-0 last Thursday but Coach Lee Hudson isn’t hitting the panic button just yet. After all the Eagles are a tough challenge, very well-disciplined and extremely athletic all over the field.

“We had a great opportunity when the score was 0-0 to take the lead with a free kick around 25 yards out from which I know Tina Galia has the ability to shoot and finish from,” Hudson said.

Galia hit the shot on frame to which the keeper tipped on to her bar with a Huron player coming in for the follow-up goal.

“But the referee blew his whistle to our disbelief as the AR said the Skyline keeper tipped the shot onto the football bar,” Hudson said. “We video all games to review later on for player development purposes and after multiple views of the tape it does show the keeper tipping the shot onto the soccer bar so the goal should of stood and Huron would of been leading 1-0.”

With a goal on the board the River Rats would have grabbed the lead and the momentum. And as always happens, Skyline scored less than 10 minutes later to take a 1-0 lead.

The second half kicked off and Huron looked hungrier for the game and started to pile on the pressure. Still chasing the game 1-0 down Hudson sent his team out in a 3-5-2 formation to generate more offense.

“In the change from a 4-3-3 to a 3-5-2 we didn’t pick up a Skyline player making a forward run who put Skyline up 2-0,” Hudson said. “It was too late in the game to rally back at this point with only 4 minutes to go.”

Hudson said the Huron schedule is undoubtedly the biggest challenge of their season. They opened on the road against Pioneer, Skyline and Saline.

“These games are physically demanding on the players bodies and having to perform at 100 percent for all three of these games take it out of the players,” Hudson said. “With limited breaks between the games it makes it tough for the body to recover fully before the next tough game arrives. Keeping the squad fit, healthy and working hard in the games is our biggest challenge in the opening games of the season.”

Hudson said improvement can come from “defending corners and free kicks seems to be our Kryptonite right now. If we can pick up our players, be more physical in 1v1 situations we will be in a good position.”

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