The Century Jaguars went into Monday night’s game against Jesuit with hopes of making a statement win. However, the Jaguars dug a hole they couldn’t get out of after a quick Crusaders goal was followed by two fouls in the box, which resulted in converted penalty kicks in the first 20 minutes.
Head coach Steven Corey was calm after the 7-0 loss, and believes a few minor defensive fixes will have his team heading in the right direction again.
1.) What were some things Jesuit did that gave your team problems?
“They’re just a good team. I thought we did great for the first 20 minutes of the game. We were playing good, quality soccer. I have no problems. I think what happened was when they scored that first PK (penalty kick), our heads went down. Then, we started playing more defensively in the back. We didn’t want to step up. We just let them come right on in. That affected our play. Of course, the second PK, we just had no way of coming back from that psychologically. They just devastated us.”
2.) It was 7-0, but your goalkeeper, Thomas Rodriguez, made a bunch of saves that could have made the score even worst.
“I want to give him a lot of credit. I commend him. One, he was playing sick and every time he landed on his side, he was in severe pain. So, he stepped up. He did a brilliant job, especially since he wasn’t 100 percent.”
3.) Defensively, did you just want your team to be more aggressive after the first PK? What broke down?
“No, I just wanted them to play smarter. Sometimes they weren’t playing the standards they are able to play. We’ve got two solid center backs that should be able to manage really well. They’ve done great all year.”
4.) It looked like Jesuit’s organization gave your team difficulties and wore them down.
“Yeah, when they scored their second and third goal, we just lost focus on how to play the game. If you watch the first 15-20 minutes, we’re ball managing beautifully, doing the things we need to do. Then, all of a sudden it became like a kick and chase game. Just get the ball up, no continuity, no quality in our play. We defeated ourselves. That’s not taking anything from Jesuit, which is a brilliant team.”
5.) What are you going to be working with Westview coming up on Thursday?
“We’ll just have to see where our mental program is and get them mentally back into the game. Hopefully they can be physically fit. We have to focus. We’ll make sure the back line is talking with each other, listening to the captain of the back and doing the things they need to do. We just need to get back to playing better quality possession of the ball.”
Monday’s loss drops the Jaguars’ record to 6-4-1 on the season and 2-2 in league play. The competition won’t get any easier for the Jaguars as they go on the road to face the league leader, Westview, Thursday at 7:30 p.m. While it won’t be easy, it’s another opportunity for Century to earn a season-defining win after a rough loss.
Check out a recap and photos from Monday’s game!