by: Julia Rivera
The Hamilton boys soccer team was defeated by the Turpin Spartans 4-0 Tuesday night. The Big Blue fall to 4-3-1 on the season.
Turpin set the tone of the game by gaining control early. Long throw-ins put the ball close to the goal line multiple times, but sophomore goalie Brian Cruz was able to stop the efforts.
With 30:35 on the clock, Turpin scored their first goal from a header that came off a corner kick. Seniors Alvin and Kelvin Mantey tried to put one in a few moments later, but to no avail.
Miscommunication, lost passes and the inability to capitalize on break aways left the Big Blue unable to score, however, they were able to hold Turpin to just one goal going into halftime.
Junior Trace Sword said “We couldn’t settle down…we had a week off and we weren’t prepared for this game. I wish we came out stronger when the game first started.”
Things took a turn for the worse for Hamilton in the second half when Cruz injured his hand. He left the game to get x-rays, and is set to see the team doctor on Thursday. Hamilton was able to fend off the Turpin’s persistent offense for most of the second half, however, within the last 15 minutes the Spartans were able to put away three more goals.
The Big Blue has a short turn around time, facing Middletown at home on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Head coach Jeff Wolkoff said “We’re going to practice some man marking. [Middletown has] a kid who has scored 19 goals this year already so we’re going to not let him touch the ball.”
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