By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Sept. 4, 2013 — The East Carter boys soccer team took advantage of its depth and speed to help defeat rival West Carter, 6-1, on Thursday in Olive Hill.
The Comets (1-2) did get another goal from Troy Brickles, but could not get over the hump against an experienced Raider team.
“I thought we started off really well,” assistant coach Troy Combs said. “We got some good chances at the beginning of the game.”
West Carter was bit by the injury bug on Thursday. Junior midfielder Cody James twisted his ankle and sophomore defender Chaz Steagall suffered a concussion.
“We got really unlucky,” Combs said. “That really hurt us because we’re short on players right now.”
While the Comets do not have a lot of depth at key positions, Combs believes his team is getting better.
“It was a learning experience,” Combs said. “It let the guys realize that we hadn’t really played a really good team. Our guys have to battle and put forth the effort and play at a higher level.”
Combs knew the Raiders had a good team, especially with the way they changed players throughout the contest.
“I think East’s depth really hurt us,” Combs said. “They were able to sub out and get their guys refreshed and we don’t have that luxury. Our guys got wore out because soccer takes a lot out of you.”
Time is on West's side with plenty of season left but Combs is still working the kinks out.
“We’re still trying to figure out our identity,” Combs said. “We have young guys meshing with a lot of the upperclassmen and it’s taking time. As season goes, we’ll be able to hold our own.”
West Carter has two games this week, both of which are against Menifee County. They host the Wildcats on Thursday before heading to Frenchburg to play in the 16th Region All “A” Tournament.
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