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Boys Soccer

ConVal loses late lead, ties Coe-Brown 1-1

  • The ConVal boys soccer team played Coe-Brown to a 1-1tie  in overtime on Oct. 8, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team played Coe-Brown to a 1-1tie  in overtime on Oct. 8, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team played Coe-Brown to a 1-1tie  in overtime on Oct. 8, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team played Coe-Brown to a 1-1tie  in overtime on Oct. 8, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team played Coe-Brown to a 1-1tie  in overtime on Oct. 8, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team played Coe-Brown to a 1-1tie  in overtime on Oct. 8, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team played Coe-Brown to a 1-1tie  in overtime on Oct. 8, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team played Coe-Brown to a 1-1tie  in overtime on Oct. 8, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team played Coe-Brown to a 1-1tie  in overtime on Oct. 8, 2013.
  • The ConVal boys soccer team played Coe-Brown to a 1-1tie  in overtime on Oct. 8, 2013.

ConVal interim soccer coach Scott Daniels was not happy with his team after Tuesday’s 1-1 tie with Coe-Brown.

“This was the worst-played game we’ve had all season,” Daniels said. “We just didn’t have the intensity today. It seemed our effort was lacking.”

For all that lack of intensity, the Cougars still had a great shot to win the game, taking a 1-0 lead deep into the second half. With under ten minutes left, lightning-quick Bears forward Spencer Nowland streaked through the midfield and put himself in position to score the equalizer.

“He’s fast, he’s got speed, he’s smart with the ball,” ConVal forward Ian Szep said of Nowland.

That tying goal squeezed the rest of the air out of an already-deflated Cougar team playing just their second game under interim head coach Scott Daniels, who took over last week after head coach and athletic director Jon Hall’s surprise resignation. Both teams struggled to get shots on goal in the two overtime periods and the Cougars ended up tying the lowly Coe-Brown team, which came into the game with a 3-7-1 record on the season.

“We felt like we should have beaten them,” said Daniels. “We go in thinking we should win every game. We scored early and we didn’t do anything the rest of the match.”

Ian Szep scored the lone goal for the Cougars 2:34 into the first half on a loose ball following a Campbell French throwin.

“Campbell, our captain, has a great throw,” Szep said after the game. “He made a good throw, threw it all the way into the box, and I stayed in the back in case the ball went through. That’s what happened and I just got a touch.”

ConVal now sits at 6-3-2 on the season. next up is a tough matchup against Portsmouth Friday night (6 p.m. at ConVal). Szep told us he thought the Cougars should be able to bounce back.

“We weren’t into it today, but – it happens,” Szep said. “We were not at the level we should have been at. I think we played down to their level.(Portsmouth) is a good team. We just need more intensity. We need to control the ball. It’s a Friday night game – we’re all going to be pumped up.”

Coach Daniels stressed that the team needs to keep working on keeping possession, communicating and positioning in order to do what they need to do come gametime and avoid another down game.

“We didn’t play the game we wanted to play and it came back to haunt us in the end,” Daniels said. “We were lucky to escape with a tie.”

(Contact Sports Editor Ben Conant at 924-7172, ext. 226).

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