MOUNT VERNON — After 67 minutes of scoreless play, Watkins Memorial scored a goal against the Mount Vernon boys soccer team Saturday and the Yellow Jackets failed to find an equalizer, falling 1-0.
“It was frustrating, but for me as a coach, we’re going back to the drawing board on Monday,” Mount Vernon coach Scott Dapprich said. “We’ve just got to play quicker and faster and hit our targets. We didn’t today and the end result when you’re not hitting your targets, the ball comes pretty quickly back at your defensive line.”
The Jackets started off on their heels. The Warriors continued moving the ball into their attacking third. Mount Vernon’s defense worked hard to keep Watkins scoreless through the first 40 minutes of action.
“They pressed us from the get-go,” Dapprich said. “I felt like our guys didn’t have a solid warmup to be quite honest, and it showed in the first half. We kind of battled through that first half to a 0-0.”
Coming out of the intermission, the Jackets possessed the ball a bit more, but it did not result in too many scoring opportunities. With 13 minutes left on the clock, the Warriors were able to capitalize. There was a 50/50 ball loose in the box and was pinballed around, before Watkins Memorial deposited the shot into the back of the net.
“Spencer (Stanley) happened to slip and they just got one by him,” Dapprich said. “Spencer made two other really big saves for us in the match early on and one late. It was just unlucky and unfortunate. When you keep knocking on the door like they did, they finally got one in.”
Following the goal, the Jackets changed their formation in an effort to get more looks at a tying goal. They did get a couple opportunities off of set pieces, but no goals materialized, giving the Warriors a 1-0 win.
Despite the loss, Dapprich did see some good things on the field, noting the efforts of Jonathan Pastor holding down the fort in the middle of the formation. He also had several young players take the field and absorb some minutes, including JV goalkeeper freshman Christian Dean. Although Dapprich liked what he saw in his younger players, he said they are still inexperienced and need more reps at the varsity level.
“Jonathan Pastor played a solid holder both in the first and second half,” Dapprich said. “He was covering for a lot of our holes and gaps that were taking place. I also had some younger guys that came in and played some good minutes.”
The Jackets return to action Thursday for Senior Night against Briggs, kicking off with JV action at 5:30 p.m.
“We’re hoping to make it a fun evening,” Dapprich said. “I’m pretty sure these guys will be licking somewhat their wounds until Thursday, because it is going to probably eat at them, as it is me.”