(Kennt Felt/Special to the Tribune)
Fort Scott High's head soccer coach Kevin Gray does see the positive in Tuesday's loss. But he also sees that the Tigers have improvement to make,
"In some aspects, it's an OK outcome," Gray said. "Our inexperience up top really showed. There's room to grow,
"Two years ago, we lost 8-1 to Louisburg in the first game and finished 11-5. But you can't be too pleased, either."
Louisburg controlled most of the possession, launching 24 shots in the game. It was the effort of senior goalkeeper Brett Allen, a fourth-year starter, that kept Louisburg's margin from getting even larger. On the 14 shots directly on goal, Allen saved 12 of them.
"It's what we expect from him being a fourth-year starter," Gray said. "We expected him to step up and he did."
The Wildcats took the lead on a fourth-minute goal by Conner McMullen from a Matt Hebring assist. Marcus Brennon's attempt to tie the game in the 12th minute was turned away and Allen had to charge on McMullen moments later to smother the ball and prevent another goal.
Nick Shibe made it 2-0 in the 60th minute. Roger Rodriguez had a line-drive shot off a free kick turned away by Wildcat keeper Tyler Burrow five minutes later.
Fort Scott took seven shots in the game, four of them on goal.
A week will pass before the Tigers' next game, which will be at Olathe Hertiage Christian next Tuesday. The start time is an hour earlier than usual at 3:30 p.m.
Gray hopes to see things start to come a bit more naturally against a new opponent.
"Up front, our movement isn't great," he said. "It's taking too long to get from thinking about a move to making the move. As we go on, it'll become second nature."
JUNIOR VARSITY -- Louisburg won the JV contest, 7-1. Hector Torres scored the Tigers' lone goal.
|Team stats||Louisburg||Fort Scott|
|Shots on goal||14||4|
L -- Tyler Burrow (4 saves). FS -- Brett Allen (12 saves).
L -- McMullen (Herbig), 4th min.
L -- Shibe (unassisted), 60th min.