PREP SOCCER: Late attack falls short as Nevada Union loses to Woodcreek
The Nevada Union Miners had plenty of opportunities to score in the final minutes of their soccer match with the Woodcreek Timberwolves Wednesday, but failed to net the equalizer and lost to their Sierra Foothill League foe, 2-1.
“We had more attacks in the last 10 minutes of the game then we did in the first 70 minutes of the game,” said Nevada Union head coach Chris Fry. “It’s not uncharacteristic of these guys. They seem to wait until they are completely under the gun and then decide to put it to them.”
Trailing 2-1 in the waning moments of the match, Nevada Union put the pressure on. The Miners’ Kross Corbett sent a free kick from midfield into the box where the Miners were able to get a solid try, but Woodcreek’s goalie snuffed out the attempt.
Fry lauded Corbett’s effort on defense after the game.
“Kross Corbett is just an animal,” he said.
In the 76th minute of the match, NU again developed a good scoring opportunity only to have it thwarted by the Timberwolves keeper once again.
In extra time, the Miners were on the offensive yet again, but a strike from Logan Seimers sailed just above the cross bar.
“We thought for sure that this would be a tough game, but after 10 minutes we thought we could win this,” said Fry. “But, we never picked it up, never rose to that level until the end. As you saw, shot after shot, opportunity after opportunity, but when you don’t have that all game it’s hard to win.”
Woodcreek first took hold of the game in the 38th minute, when a cross by Tanner Krupp was fielded in the box by Jacob Ramos, who fended off an NU defender and chipped in a shot with his back to the goal. NU goalie, Casey Paul, made a diving attempt to save the shot, but came up just short in his effort.
“(Woodcreek’s) first goal was nice on their part, really nice finish by their guy,” said Fry. “But we were playing really slow and monotonous.”
The Miners evened the match in the 53rd minute when senior Keegan McKenzie corralled a loose ball and fired it past a diving goalie for his first goal of the season.
But, any momentum the Miners may have gained was short lived as a minute later the Timberwolves once again grabbed the advantage.
After NU’s equalizer, Woodcreek charged down field and got a shot off that was stopped by Paul, but a several player collision in the box forced the ball loose and it trickled into the goal.
“I’m not sure what even happened, it just somehow bounced into the net,” said Fry. “I don’t even think anyone kicked it.”
The loss drops Nevada Union to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in SFL play. Fry said he isn’t too concerned with the loss and expects his players to rebound and be ready for their next match, Friday on the road against Folsom.
“They’re fighters. They’re athletes. I don’t have to do a lot. All I have to do is stay positive, stay enthusiastic, and instill in them what they already know and they will come out on top, they will rise to the occasion,” Fry said.
There are no easy matchups in the SFL, a league littered with highly ranked teams. According to MaxPreps.com rankings the SFL has three teams ranked in the top-10 in the state. Oak Ridge (4-0-2, 1-0-1) is ranked No. 1 in the state, Folsom (8-1-2, 1-1-2) is ranked No. 5, and Woodcreek (9-2-1, 2-1-1) is ranked No. 10. Coming into the match, NU was ranked No. 32 in California according to MaxPreps.com.
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