After coming out and giving three solid examples of the value of teamwork, the Mexico varsity boy's soccer team didn't faire quite as well in game number four.
Marshall, on the other hand, arrived at the Bulldogs on Tuesday with a clear mind and a well-designed game plan that allowed it to come out on top 7-1.
"Tonight was our first true test against a good opponent. Marshall has always been good and we made them look better than what they really were against us," said coach Chruis Hawkins. "Our first half was rough we started to regress from what we do best and it was due to the fact we were playing Marshall. Baylee Dukes did a great job as keeper tonight and he was actually being the keeper we need him to be. He was not scared to stop a ball being blasted at him or coming out of the mouth of the goal."
Because Marshall took 19 shots on goal for this game, it was able to go up 5-0 at halftime. Even with this loss Mexico is still 2-1 in the North Central Missouri Conference, though. Now the team looks to get even better on Tuesday at home in league competition at home against Kirksville.
"We were down and they made sure we knew it. We're a much better team than that and at halftime the captains and I made sure the rest of the team knew we could do better," Hawkins said. "As far as I was concerned the score at halftime didn't matter because that was not Mexico soccer and they needed to go out in the second half and play their game. The second half was much better, we worked the ball much better and were challenging them for every ball. We were still diving to get the ball but not as bad."
Scoring for Mexico was Connor Frazier on the assist from Alex Dukes.
The Bulldogs JV, 0-1-2 overall, also played on Tuesday and lost 5-3.
"The JV played a great game. They did not care that they were going against Marshall," said Hawkins. "We worked the ball well and were passing to feet, but the piece we were missing was the physicality. Only a couple were being physical, but the takes the whole team to make sure they are not just being walked over. Marshall led at half 3-0, but we were not going to admit defeat. During the second half we score we tied it up, but unfortunately Marshall scored two more on us toward the end of the game."
Scoring for Mexico was Jozey DuVault, Diego Vasquez and Hunter Woolfolk and adding an assist each were Diego Vasquez, Jackson Unger, and Logan Carter.
The Bulldogs varsity, 3-1 overall, 2-1 NCMC, is at Battle for a non-league game on Thursday.