Hounds Lose District Game Against Montgomery
September 20, 2012By Liz Yeiser of Paris High School
PARIS PLAYS WELL FOR FIRST 40 MINUTES AGAINST THE INDIANS
On a rainy Monday night, the Paris Greyhounds played their last regular season district match against the Montgomery County Indians. The Hounds played the first 40 minutes extremely well and equaled the Indians in possession time. Paris had several opportunities to score when they moved the ball into the attacking third but never could hit a clear shot. “We just seemed to be slightly out of position to take advantage of a pass or loose ball within the eighteen,” said Paris Head Coach Bill Gibson. From a defensive perspective, Paris did a pretty could job marking a very fast Montgomery County squad and held the score to 1-0 at the half. The keeper play of Logan West continues to be an extremely bright spot for Paris as West recorded five stops in the first half.
Unfortunately for the Greyhounds, the second half of the match was not as promising as the first. Gibson said, “We did a very poor job in marking the open field runs during the last 40 minutes. If you are playing a marginally skilled team, you don’t get punished when your team over commits to the ball. However, with Montgomery County, when you lose your awareness of the position of the attackers you are going to be penalized when they cross the ball or switch fields.” The Indians began a three goal scoring streak around the 50th minute of play, which resulted in three goals before the 58th minute.
After being down 0-4, Gibson began playing some of his younger players and the Indians finished with three more goals to beat the Hounds 7-0. Gibson finished his comments with, “This game is about 80 minutes of play. The positive versus our match against GRC is that we put 40 minutes together which shows some improvement. It might not feel or look like improvement by the score, but our guys came in ready to play and I feel confident by district tournament time, we will put a complete game together.”