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Central shuts out 'Cats, 6-0

Posted: Thursday, Aug 25th, 2011


Brookings defender Kaitlin Kwasniewski blocks a pass attempt by Aberdeen Central?s Carly Hegge during the second half of the Bobcats' 6-0 season-opening loss to the Golden Eagles on Friday at Fishback Soccer Park.


Heading into the 2011 season , Brookings first-year head coach Eric Bravek knew that he had talent on his girls' squad, but it was talent without a lot of varsity experience.

That inexperience showed as Aberdeen Central shut out the Bobcats in their season opener, 6-0 , on Friday at Fishback Soccer Park.

Bravek was able to sum up the game in one word.

"Possessions we gave the ball back way too easily," he said. "And it was an experience thing.

"I think we had a lot of players that hadn't played varsity last year and this year, our possession was not there; our first touch wasn't there, so we gave the ball back way too easily and spent a lot of time on defense, and you can only do that for so long."

Even with a strong north wind at their backs in the first half, the Bobcats were unable to keep the ball in their attack zone as Aberdeen Central controlled play, scoring three firsthalf goals.

It didn't get any better for Brooking in the second half as the Golden Eagles tacked on three more goals for the 6-0 win.

Bobcat goalkeeper Miranda Sampson finished with four saves three in the first half and one in the second as Central outshot Brookings, 10-0 , in shots on goal.

"They were quality goals on their side the ball came through and they had a couple of back doors," Bravek said of Aberdeen Central's offensive play. "Overall, we played with some effort we had energy; we played hard it just wasn't as good of quality as we needed and a lot of it I will chuck up to (lack of) experience."

Despite the opening-game loss, Bravek pointed to his team's effort as a positive and feels that Friday's result isn't indicative of the season ahead.

"We'll go back to the drawing board and work on some possession things and with experience, that will get better as we go through the season," he said. "We've got players the effort was not poor; it was the quality of play that let us down."










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