East Mountain High School’s boys soccer team turned in a solid performance during the final 40 minutes of last Thursday’s 2-0 loss to the visiting Bosque Bobcats. But the two goals the Timberwolves surrendered in the first 40 minutes cost them the game.
“The first half we were a little off and [Bosque] took advantage of our mistakes,” head coach Frank Trusiano said.
East Mountain (4-8-2, 0-2-1 District 5) battled Bosque to a 2-2 draw on Sept. 17 and the T’Wolves felt they were ready to go toe-to-toe this time around.
But the Bobcats—East Mountain’s new district foe—put the ball in the back of the net and the T’Wolves didn’t. “Overall, their defense just shut us down the first half,” said East Mountain striker Anthony McKenna.
Bosque (8-6-2, 3-0-1 Dist. 5) tapped in its first goal in the 26th minute to break a scoreless tie. Later in the half the Bobcats capitalized on a corner kick to score again.
Meanwhile, the T’Wolves managed just two shots on frame the entire first half—one was saved by Bosque’s goalkeeper and the other skimmed a few inches above the crossbar.
The T’Wolves made some adjustments in the second half—including changing their formation—and held the Bobcats scoreless.
“I thought we played a much better second half,” Trusiano said. “We were much more aggressive.”
And despite executing their offense better and taking more shots they still couldn’t get the ball in the goal.
In the 74th minute East Mountain’s Ethan Wagener got open in the box and took a shot from 15 yards out but the ball sailed high. Seeing his shot—and the hopes of a T’Wolves’ rally—fade in the wind, Wagener grabbed his head with both hands.
“It’s a little frustrating,” Wagener said. “It seemed like we had a bunch of opportunities—a couple of us had a few shots that we could’ve put in the net and maybe tied it up.”
“Kudos to them,” Trusiano said of the Bobcats. “They did what they had to do to win, it was a very competitive game, we’ve played them twice and I felt we played them very tough both times.”
Trusiano noted that the T’Wolves have come a long way since the beginning of the season and he feels as though his team is competing in every game. “We’ve just got to find a way to tighten it up and win these close games,” he said.
East Mountain traveled to Gallup to face Rehoboth Christian on Tuesday after The Independent went to print.