Boys soccer kicks off their season with 3-2 loss to Gardner Edgerton

The team’s nerves and lack of communication led them to their first game loss

Tanner Smith, JagWire editor-in-chief

The soccer team kicked off their season with a 3-2 loss against Gardner Edgerton on Friday, Aug. 31. While the team ended up losing, they kept the game tied until going down 3-2 with four minutes left. 

Senior Riley Ferguson sees a lot of promise for the team despite the first game jitters.

“Coming out for the first game we had a lot of nerves,” Ferguson said. “We have a great squad and we were able to get our footing.”

While Ferguson is excited about the team’s potential, he still feels there’s a lot that needs to be improved.

“We should improve on passing more [with] less touches,” Ferguson said. “Coming from club … we play with more touches while in high school it is much faster paced. I feel like once we get that down we can definitely improve on our game,”

Senior Will Coacher feels the team needs to do a better job communicating. 

“The first half was rough, we weren’t playing as a team,” Coacher said. “The second half we connected better but still was not what we wanted,”

While the game was originally supposed to be at Mill Valley, a flooded field forced the team to play at Gardner.Ferguson felt this move changed the game.

“[Gardner] is just a different atmosphere and a different speed of game,” Ferguson said. “I feel like we were able to adapt really well and give a good performance.”

For Coacher, the loss will be an important motivation for the team.

“[The loss] is definitely a wake up call,” Coacher said. “We thought we were better than we were going into the game and we realized we need to improve a lot.”

Ferguson is excited for the team to prove themselves as the season goes on.

“I hope that we can improve everyday and every game … [and] show people what we’ve got,” Ferguson said. “We play Aquinas and St. James coming … [and] we want to always play our best against them because they are our rivals.”

The boys soccer team plays their next game at home against Olathe North Thursday, September 5.

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