Soccer Knights win over OG, fall to Weir and Linsly
The boys soccer team at Tyler Consolidated played three games in the past week, taking their lumps in two, and gaining the win in the third.
On Sept. 4 the Knights traveled to Weir to take on the Red Riders on artificial turf. In a game Consolidated knew would be a test for them from the beginning, the Silver fell to their hosts, 6-0.
“We had some opportunities to score, but couldn’t seem to capitalize on them,” said Knight head coach, Scott Wall. “Though they beat us by six goals, the game was actually a lot closer than that indicates.
Knight goal keeper, Nathan Heintzman had 10 saves in the game and back-up keeper, Ty Klages, had four.
On Sept. 6 the Silver Knights played against their second strong team of the week, the Linsly Cadets. The Knights put up a decent battle, but fell to their visitors to the tune of 5-1.
Mert Coscun scored the only Knight goal in the game, and Heintzman had eight saves on the day.
“We were actually winning, 1-0 at the half,” the coach said. “But they came back strong, made the best of their opportunities and made the goals they needed for the win.”
“Linsly has a very well organized team and they play very well. But on the whole, this was the kind of game where we hurt ourselves more than they hurt us.”
On Saturday at Burgbacher Field the Silver Knights got their first win of the week when they faced off with the Golden Bears of Oak Glen, 3-2.
Coscun cored two goals for Consolidated and Dylan Romine had one goal and one assist in the win. Heintzman, the goal keeper, was credited with four saves.
“Mert scored the goal that won the game for us with 1:43 to go in the game,” Wall said.
“We worked on our formation in the midfield in this game. We certainly controlled that area better than we have been.”
“Offensively, I think we’re finally getting everybody to understand the roles they must play on the field and during the games. We’ve solved some of our problems, but we still need to communicate better. That’s a bit of our problem that we don’t tend to see, until it’s not working.”
Overall, the coach says he is very pleased with the effort the members of his team are putting forth. “We’re working on every aspect of our game, it’s coming together.”
The Silver Knight soccer team stands at 5-3 on the season thus far, with half the schedule yet to play including next week when games will play at Williamstown on Sept. 13, at Ravenswood on Sept. 15 and host Monroe Central on Sept. 18.