Tuesday’s boys’ soccer home opener against the Martinsville Artesians found the Eagles on their heels. The 9-1 final score told the story of a Martinsville team that was simply too much for the Eagle offense and defense.
The Artesians drew first blood scoring in the first few minutes of play, but BCHS answered quickly tying it up at one each. That would signal the last time the game was close as Martinsville would dominate the Eagles scoring eight more times before the final second.
The Eagle’s offense seemed unable to cover defensively as well as they needed to against an aggressive Artesian offense. Trouble getting to the ball in 50-50s made it difficult to control the field. Martinsville capitalized on Eagle defensive breakdowns when they fell out of their planned 5-2 formation.
“I think we need to work on more communication on the field and definitely being more conditioned,” Senior Captain, Ricky Stanley said. Goalkeeper, Wyatt Fox, agreed that
communication needed improvement. Stanley would be the only one to score for the Eagles.
“We could improve on keeping defense together as one,” Fox said. During soccer games, it is usual for the goalies to be the only ones to see the whole field and to watch everything that happens. Most of the time it is their job to inform their team in front of them what to do, or where to go, or their choices such as good passing possibilities. Fox played in goal the entire game and had many shots taken on him throughout the match. Fox had many saves, but overall Eagle defenders also seemed to have a tough time giving Fox the help he needed often leaving him to fight it out alone.
Their next game is an away game that takes place at Southwestern on Thursday, August 22nd.