WATERLOO — The breaks just have not been going the Waterloo East boys’ soccer team’s way early this season.
Thursday night was no different for the Trojans.
Several missed opportunities to push their first win of the season into the books cost East as it dropped a, 5-0, Mississippi Valley Conference tilt to the Cedar Rapids Kennedy.
The first break that went against the Trojans (0-3) was a quick score by the Cougars (2-1) just three minutes into the contest.
East seemed to shift into a defensive mode, and provided few offensive attacks afterward in the opening 40 minutes.
“We definitely were not ready and I felt we went out pretty flat,” East coach Phedrick Cody said. “We did not show that pep like usual and that is not us. We know how to play. It was just a mental thing and we needed to be more focused.”
As much as the first 40 minutes were a blur, the Trojans came out in the second half and showed more focus as the offense began to push the ball deep for a more opportune chance to score.
The Trojans move the ball into scoring position and Daelon Jordan delivered a nice pass onto the foot of Matt Wheeler, who let fly a shot that looked find the farthest right corner of the net for a score, but Kennedy goalkeeper James Bachman adjusted his stance just in time to dive out and buried the ball on the line.
“We got a little momentum there and that was close to going in,” said Wheeler. “We came out and played better and faster in the second half. Coach told us we had to pick it up and move the ball better and faster. I think when we missed that goal, then they came back and scored quick, it took a little bit out of us.”
The breaks continued to elude the Trojans as a misplayed ball led to another Cougar score in the 43rd minute by Holden Devore.
East tried to get back into the game as another attack developed off a Braeden McNamara steal. Three touches later McNamara feeds a center pass to Jordan, but his shot just sailed over the crossbar keeping the Trojans at nil.
The Cougars Alan Kim then put the game away as he scored three goals in six minutes to finish off the Trojans.
“We came out in that second half a little more fired up,” said Cody. “We are really not great dribblers so we needed to get that ball out front more and began to do that. Sometimes we just go with the flow, but we need to initiate more. We are just a few mental mistakes from being there, and we are going to get there.”