The Lower Columbia College girls soccer team fell to the Walla Walla Warriors Wednesday 0-8.
The Red Devils battled it out in the 80 degree heat but the warriors got the best of them.
“We have some things to work on, we knew it was going to be tough. Once the first couple go in its hard to motivate yourself to fight through the rest of them,” head coach Bryan Vogel said.
This year the team has 10 freshman starters. Vogel said a lot of the issues the team saw today will improve with more time playing. But it’s hard when the other team are loaded with returners, he said.
“There were some bright moments but there are some times where we are kind of fighting ourselves. We’re making it easier than it needs to be for the other team but that comes with experience,” Vogel said.
LCC freshman goalie Jade Cox saw a lot of action in her box during the first half of the game. The Warriors made shot after shot, seemingly never leaving the Devils side of the field.
The first goal was made by Warriors Caitlin Crist and assisted by Jessica Maher at the 14 minute mark.
The Warriors continued their attack and made goal 2, 3, and 4 within ten minutes of each other, keeping Cox busy.
“I just brushed it off and played like last time it wasn’t in the box, like nothing happened before,” Cox said.
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She saved many of the Warriors shots but the ball continually went right back into a nest of yellow clad Warriors.
Every time the Devils would start towards the goal, the Warriors would steal and turn the ball right back around.
“They had a lot of nice easy crosses to come in. they were hitting them perfect every single time on that back side,” Cox said.
The second half proved to be much like the first. The Warriors rarely let the ball cross to their side of the field. Although, the Devils had some great steals and and strong passes.
Players such as Presley McClung, Chloe Poole and Sadie Allen battled it out against the Warriors to gain some possession time for the Devils.
Allen brought the ball almost all the way to the Warriors goal multiple times only to have it swept up and returned to the Devils side of the field.
The warriors brought home goals 5, 6 and 7 in the second half, leaving the Devil’s trying to put anything on the board.
Poole left the field with two minutes to go with an injury, right after Walla Walla scored their eighth goal.
While the Red Devils played strong, their lack of experience is what took them down during the game, according to Vogel.
“That experience is hard to replicate. Chloe played well for us. They leave it all on the field. As soon as we can get more starters (on the field) that’ll make it easier,” Vogel said.