“They showed lots of heart and their goalkeeper made some very impressive saves. Coach [Casey] Payne did a good job in preparing them for the game,” said head coach Frank Kunf.
Senior Christian Dolores scored the only goal for the Colonels.
Prior to this game, Kunf said he felt confident in his team’s abilities as they prepared for the game, despite the long ride.
“We beat them 1-0 last year. They have a good program up there,” Kunf said.
Despite the loss, Cass is still 2-1 in their region with their final region game March 28 against Gilmer.
“We’re a fairly young team, but we have been improving and we’re in progress to having one of our best years since 2004,” said Kunf.
Kunf currently has five seniors on his team, only three of which he said are getting a lot of playing time.
The Colonels have three players scoring the bulk of their goals this season. Dolores currently has five goals and four assists, while freshman Alex Martinez and junior Jack Zehler both have five goals and one assist.
“[Alex] has been a great addition to the team and is really working hard to make an impact on the team,” Kunf said.
While the team is young, Kunf said the boys are on track to have a winning season and scoring more goals than last season.
The increase in scoring and wins, Kunf said, comes from the group of underclassmen he has on the team.
“We have a lot of underclassmen with a willingness to learn and get better,” said Kunf.
In order to prevent such inexperience in the future, Kunf said he and the other soccer coaches in the county are encouraging boys to play club soccer to “improve soccer in the county.”