TERRYVILLE - Coming into the season, it was no secret that Terryville boys soccer was going to go through some growing pains early. Its first two opponents were Nonnewaug and Lewis Mills, both strong soccer programs.
Terryville struggled in both contests, losing 3-0 to Nonnewaug followed by a 6-0 loss to Lewis Mills.
The struggles continued on Friday evening, as the Kangaroos lost 1-0 on the road to a Gilbert team that earned its first victory.
Terryville has some tough tasks ahead as well, as it hosts undefeated Northwestern on Tuesday - a team that tied both Lewis Mills and Nonnewaug - and a 2-1 Shepaug team on Friday afternoon, both at home.
Against its opening two opponents, there were takeaways for the Kangaroos that could be useful throughout the season.
“Hopefully after seeing [Lewis Mills] and Nonnewaug [defend well and distribute the ball through the midfield well], we’re going to slowly improve on that ourselves,” Kangaroos head coach George Smith said. “That comes with skill and those guys have a lot of players who play year-round.”
Defending in particular was an issue for Terryville in the first couple of games, as shown by the nine goals allowed.
With defensive breakdowns occurring, that doesn’t give much time for the Kangaroos’ goalkeeper to be in position to make the save.
In the game against Lewis Mills, four of the six goals for the Spartans came on very good shot opportunities.
The Terryville seniors knew how tough the first two opponents were and though the losses were tough, the team feels good going forward.
“We never gave up, no matter how many goals they scored, so that’s all I can ask for,” Terrvyille senior captain Adam Pelz said.
Offensively, figuring out an identity and being more patient setting things up must happen in order for goals to be scored.
“I expect us to get back on the winning foot and put some balls in the back of the net,” Pelz said.
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