PITTSBURG — Mother nature cut the game between Pittsburg and Independence short on Monday, as both teams went into the locker room at halftime in a scoreless tie expecting to resume play after a 30-minute delay, but continued lightning forced the officials to call it.
Although failing to put the ball in the back of the net, the Purple Dragons won the time-of-possession battle with quality offensive possessions.
“I really liked what I was seeing from the group that was on the field,” PHS head coach Kyle Bockover said. “There were a lot of good possessions and we were moving the ball really well. We were putting together some combination passes, which allowed us to put the ball in dangerous areas in front of the goal. We had several opportunities to score, and we were struggling to put the ball in the back of the net, but I could definitely see some improvement.”
Offense is something PHS has been working on in what has been an up-and-down season.
“The offense has definitely improved from the last couple of games,” Bockover said. “The way that they’re putting passes together to make the defense commit one way or the other as they play balls through looked really good.”
Scoring opportunities for the Bulldogs were few and far between, but the back line did its part in taking the pressure off of the keeper and getting the ball back to the offense.
“The defense was doing well to clear their back line,” Bockover said. “I didn’t see a lot of buildup playing out of the back, it was mostly up-and-out, clearing the ball out of the back and just getting the ball out of dangerous spots. After they cleared the ball, it looked like we regained possession quickly and went back to work.”
The Purple Dragons will host Maize South at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.