PITTSBURG — It was a disappointing night for the Pittsburg High School soccer team on Thursday, as the Purple Dragons struggled to gain offensive momentum in the 3-0 loss against Maize South.
The Mavericks had control of the ball for a majority of the contest, posting two goals in the first half and one more in the second, en route to getting the win.
“The guys showed a lot of heart,” PHS head coach Kyle Bockover said. “They played hard throughout the match at a high level of intensity. We were connecting passes again through the middle, but it was tough to get anything going against Maize South’s backline. The boys put up a good fight, but we were playing like a quality opponent.”
The Mavericks scored their first goal of the contest at 12-minute mark of the first half before going up 2-0 on a penalty kick two minutes later.
Maize South added one more goal in the early going of the second half to increase the lead to 3-0 and held off a late push by the Purple Dragons to seal the win.
“When you play a well-trained team like Maize, they will make you pay for any mistakes,” Bockover said. “We had a couple mental breakdowns briefly and they made us pay for it. That’s where our young team has to realize what happened and work to eliminate those lapses.”
PHS will hit the road to take on Columbus at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.