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If Knights can find some punch, they'll be a contender
Bremerton soccer coach Lance McCoy wasnt discouraged by its 0-2 start in the Narrows League Bridge Division.
Were playing very well, McCoy said after losing by idential 2-0 scores to Olympic and Port Angeles. Were just not getting the ball in the back of the net. I hate to say it, but that seems to be kind of a Bremerton tradition, not getting enough balls in the back of the net.
McCoy thinks its just a matter of time.
If we get a goal, I think the flood gates will open up. Itll be like the burdens off our back, said the fourth-year coach. Weve got a good side. I just think were pressing too hard right now to get goals. Im encouraging the team to relax a little bit and stay as focused as possible.
If those flood gates open, McCoy thinks Danish exchange student Johan Weber will be among those lighting up the scoreboard.
He could have five or six goals right now, McCoy said. He hasnt converted some one-on-ones, but hes still positive and upbeat. His work rate is real high.
Bremerton, a possession-type team, held the ball most of the time at Port Angeles, but the scrappy Roughriders managed to put in a couple of goals in a game played in a driving rainstorm.
The Knights still think theyre good enough to grab one of the leagues four playoff spots.
Thats the goal of the team, McCoy said. Once you get there, you never know what can happen.
The Knights have been without Mark Mattson, a junior midfielder/forward who is the Knights fastest player, and junior stopper Nick Hamon. Mattsons recovering from mono and Hamon underwent arthroscopic knee surgery.
When we get them back well be looking pretty good, McCoy said.
Senior midfielder Aaron Baker, one of best in the area, and senior forward Tony Baker have started since their freshman year along with senior defenders Ben Tapscott and Logan Marsh. Junior defender Matt Donleycutt is another returning starter.
Mix in junior defenders Jesus Duque and TJ Perkins and McCoy thinks hes got one of the best back lines around. Perkins, a sweeper, has been particularly impressive.
Hes just flat-out exceptional, McCoy said of Perkins. He plays with a lot of confidence and a lot of intelligence. Nothing seems to rattle him.
McCoy likes the chemistry on this team, which is captained by the Baker boys. Theyre not brothers, but theyre best friends.
Our guys all play hard for each other and like each other, McCoy said. We play well together as a team.
Now, if they can just score some goals.