Dylan Psimer works the ball out of the corner during Monday night’s match up at Rowan County.

    The Comets soccer team  went 0-3 last week.

    On Tuesday, the young West team played host to Rose Hill Christian and fell 2-1.

    West dominated for most of the game, except on scoring.

    “We had at least 30 offensive chances on goal and we couldn’t hit the back of the net,” Coach Max Hammond said. “Our main striker was out with a shoulder injury which really hurt us on offense.”

    Rose Hill had a powerful striker and a midfielder who was able to find the goal.

    Dylan Psimer got the team’s solo goal off a pass from Justin Ratliff. Nat Shelton was in goal for the loss.

    West fell 5-0 to Ashland Blazer on the road Thursday.

    “I was happy with how our boys played,” Hammond said. “They showed a lot of heart and played as hard as they could.

    Ashland’s roster boast two dozen upper classmen while the Comets are filled out with freshmen and sophomores. With only one sub, West was out-played easily by the Tomcats.

    “We had a few goals that we could have prevented,” Hammond said. “Nat Shelton had three shots on  goal that hit the crossbar, so just a couple of small changes and it could have been a lot closer.”

    West traveled to Rowan County on Monday night, falling 5-0 to the Vikings.

    “I don’t know if our boys got it into their heads that it was Rowan, but we could have played a lot better,” Hammond said. “If we would have marked our men and followed through on what we were doing, we could have played a lot better.”

    The Vikings play well on the field, but play an impressive head game before the first touch is made. In a word, Rowan is intimidation, even with a 3-1 record.

    “They were outworking us and every ball they got on, we backed off of,” Hammond said. “They have more upperclassmen and a few defensive mishaps cost us some goals there.”

    In spite of the three losses last week, Hammond is focusing on the positive. The team played with intensity against Ashland and Rose Hill and Hammond hopes to see more of the same.

    “We are getting a lot of experience now,” Hammond said. “Next year and the year after we will really be contending. The other teams won’t have 30-40 lbs on our players and we will have a lot more experience.”

    West plays host to Boyd County Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

    “They beat us at their place once already, but we played a sloppy game that time,” Hammond said. “I think we can beat them if everyone plays hard like they did against Ashland. If we play like we did at Rowan, it won’t go well.”

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