The Mexico varsity boy's soccer team found itself in an incredibly even matchup last Thursday at home that ended tied 1-1.
That forced an overtime period that wasn't quite so even and left Mexico on the wrong side of a 2-1 decision.
"The first half we were not playing like we wanted to be there and it showed since Battle scored within the first two minutes," said coach Chris Hawkins. "After that we just hung our heads for the rest of the half. We were giving Battle too much room when they were in our final third and they were making sure they were testing Baylee Dukes in goal. Baylee had a great game last night despite the two goals on him."
Stepping up to knock down the Bulldogs only goal was Jeff Haines. Connor Frazier also earned the assist with about 10 minutes left in regulation.
"The second half was much better. The Bulldogscame out to play. We also had a formation change which helped out defensively, but by the last 20 minutes we unknowingly switched back to our original formation," Hawkins said. "We were moving the ball much better than the first half, making sure we didn't dribble through people, and overall became more physical. In overtime we kept the high intensity and pressure up where we had plenty of chances we were not letting dribble through the back line."
Also standing out in this game for Mexico was defenseman Dalyn Feigenspan and midfielder Alan Ventura, according to Hawkins.
In the JV game the Bulldogs fell 6-4.
"The JV also seemed like they did not want to be there for the first half, either. Battle ended up getting the jump on us and scored their first goal within the first six minutes, but thankfully we did not admit defeat," said Hawkins. "By the end of the first half we were tied 3-3. We played a better second half but just could not make a whole lot happen offensively. Diego Vasquez and Jozet DuVault had two goals each on assists by Seamus Levin (2) and Logan Carter.":
Mexico is at the Moberly Tournament Sept. 7-9.