Sept. 25, 2013 —
“There was a ball in the back post and nobody was there and our guys know that’s where the ball ends up,” Combs said. “That’s soccer 101 when someone shoots, follow up because chances are you’re going to get a rebound.”
Late in the ballgame, Paintsville took advantage of West Carter’s defense to push the ball towards their goal which set up Baldwin’s game-winner.
“Our boys became kind of undisciplined and made some bad passes and defending and they were able to get the ball down on our half and score,” Combs said. “Our team played well but they have to learn how to play the whole 90 minutes.”
Despite the loss, Combs said his team has turned a corner and now they need to put it together to put themselves back in the hunt for another shot at a state tournament.
“I’m proud of them we’ve had a few games where we haven’t come together but I thought we did (Saturday),” Combs said. “But late in a game, we can’t make mistakes especially when it’s 2-2. We need to be more consistent and be calm under pressure.”
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