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Examiner
  • Pats suffer early heartbreak

  • One match into the season, the Truman girls soccer team has already suffered its share of heartbreak.

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  • One match into the season, the Truman girls soccer team has already suffered its share of heartbreak.
    The Patriots suffered a 2-1 double-overtime loss to Harrisonville Thursday night at Truman High School, and despite a full slate of games left on their schedule, the defeat left several Truman players on the verge of tears.
    “It’s just hard,” senior Amber Young said. “First game senior year and stuff. We were really close, but you win some, you lose some.”
    Harrisonville’s Kerrine Murry caught the Patriot defense offguard in the second minute to go up 1-0. Truman coach Jared Byrne chalked the early score up to a simple lack of preparedness.
    “They just weren’t necessarily ready for the game,” Byrne said. “Everybody talked and acted like they were ready. But as far as the speed of the play, the speed of a varsity game is going to be quite a bit different than practicing and a lot of these girls haven’t even played a varsity game yet.”
    On the positive side, the Pats did eventually battle back despite being outshot 11-3 and not finding the net until the 70th minute. With 10 minutes left, Sandra Chiles fired a cross intended for Young from a few steps inside the out-of-bounds marker. As the ball sailed, it drifted up and over the head of Murry, who switched to goalkeeper in the second half, and landed in the top corner of the net to tie the score.
    As Chiles turned back up the field, she laughed and shook her head.
    “I just saw it go over her head and was like, ‘Oh my gosh,’” Chiles said. “I didn’t mean to do that, but oh well. I’ve got to say I did mean to do it, though.”
    The first overtime period nearly yielded a game-winning score for Harrisonville three minutes in as Abby Huston, who played in goal for Harrisonville in the first half, fired a shot that sent Truman goalkeeper Maya Coen sprawling as it slammed off the post. The ball rolled toward the goal for a second before Coen dove and snatched it just before it scooted in.
    The Patriots couldn’t dodge Huston’s next opportunity, though, as she connected on a shot in the 93rd minute to end the contest.
    “I thought we played with really good effort,” Chiles said. “We dove in too much, which was our downfall at the end of the game. We started off too slow, which was our downfall at the beginning of the game. And we just couldn’t come back from that.”
    Byrne admitted it was tough to withstand a shot to the gut so early in the season, but added that it was encouraging to see so many of his players taking the defeat personally. Now, the focus turns to making sure that letdown doesn’t carry over.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I would be alarmed if these girls were laughing after a double-overtime loss – especially to start your senior season,” Byrne said. “I think they should take it serious and be upset about it, but what they have to do is just quickly forget about it because we play a lot of games.”
    Follow Shawn Garrison on Twitter: @GarrisonEJC
     

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