By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Aug. 28, 2013 — The West Carter boys soccer team traveled north of the border on Thursday and faced a very talented South Point, Oh. team.
The Comets fell to the Pointers 3-1 in a rain shortened game due to storms.
“I thought we played really well,” assistant coach Troy Combs said. “At the beginning of the game we had really good opportunities and we just couldn’t finish.”
South Point scored two quick goals in the game and put West Carter (1-1) in a tough position playing on their home field. Combs said after the second goal, his squad lost a bit of confidence.
“We played right with them at the beginning but they had a shot on us and we have a new goal keeper and he just made a mistake,” Combs said. “South Point only had one underclassmen out there so it was difficult for our kids to run with them at times.”
West Carter did get a goal back in the first half after Tyler McGlone put one in the back of the net. But the Pointers would get one back just before halftime. The game would end early in the second half as the rains came.
“I think they were a step up to some of the teams we’re used to playing,” Combs said. “South Point is a good team and playing them gives you a perspectives on how some of our teams in our region and what we’ll be up against.”
McGlone’s goal was his second of the season.
“Tyler has become a real leader for us,” Combs said. “After we got down early,It motivated him and he started paying better. He was fighting back and leading by example, fighting to get goals and got one of them back for us. He showed a lot of character.”
Combs said there was plenty of positives to take away from last Thursday’s game.
“We were competing with them we just needed to stay focused and not lose moral,” Combs said. “They understand now that if we don’t play the whole game, we’re going to lose. But it was a positive from this game.”
West Carter looked to get back on the winning track Tuesday night (after press time) when they played host to Elliott County.
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