The competition in the North Central Missouri Conference can seem unrelenting at times and that may have been how the Mexico varsity boy's soccer team felt when it hosted Kirksville on Tuesday and fell 3-0.

"We had a good game against Kirksville last night, but it just wasn't good enough. We let them score three on us in the first half," said coach Chris Hawkins. "With lack of communication, not wanting the ball, and just clearing the ball out of our half led to our downfall. We have been becoming a second half team, but we cannot be doing this anymore going forward. The boys know what needs to be done, but it has been too late."

Once the first half had come to a close, the Bulldogs were able to make the necessary defensive adjustments and shut Kirksville out for the rest of the contest. Offensively, though, the team never quite created the opportunities to score that it was hoping for.

"In the second half we held them, but they ended up taking more shots on us. Thankfully they missed narrowly," Hawkins said. "We had high pressure for the second half making their back line get rid of the ball quicker and causing them to mishandle it so we could get a shot on goal."

Mexico, 3-3 overall, 2-1 NCMC, is at the Moberly Tournament Sept. 7-9.

In the JV game the Bulldogs lost 4-0.

"The JV played really well the first half despite the fact they had a goal against them. They were working the ball together up the field, without taking too many touches," said Hawkins. "They stood their ground and tried to let nothing by them. If someone did beat them they were right back there getting the ball back. We held our ground and tested the keeper for a while and then it looked like we forgot to play for the last 10 minutes as we let three more goals in. The JV is now 0-3-2."