HOWARD — The East Knox Bulldogs have to grow up in a hurry.
With only a handful of players having any varsity experience — some of whom were injured — the soccer team found itself overwhelmed in Monday’s season opener against Mansfield St. Peter’s. Without their top scorer, the Bulldogs managed just two shots on goal in their one-sided 5-0 defeat to the Spartans in Howard.
“They (St. Peter’s) are a good team. They moved the ball around,” said East Knox head coach Bill Lonsinger. “Our biggest problem is, we have a lot of inexperiece. We have five or six players who really understand the game, and then we have others who are coming along slowly. Usually, they have time to learn. This year, they don’t.”
St. Peter’s (1-0) attempted a whopping 29 shots, of which 15 were on target. The Spartans were relentless throughout the match, keeping the ball in their attacking end for 67 out of 80 minutes of play.
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