New Kent falls behind early, can’t catch up to Tabb in boys’ soccer match
Pulling off an upset in any sport requires preparation, determination, and a little bit of luck. Unfortunately for New Kent’s boys’ soccer team, a May 11 visit from highly ranked Tabb proved that getting all three can be difficult.
Tabb’s visiting Tigers jumped out to an early lead before withstanding a late Trojans’ charge in clinching a 6-2 victory.
New Kent’s dismal first half factored into an early deficit. Just seven minutes into the contest, Tabb punched their first goal into the back of the net despite the best efforts from New Kent goalkeeper Lucas Bassetti. Eight minutes later, goal number two from the visitors widened the margin. The Tigers lead grew to three after Michael Hackworth’s penalty conversion with 16:00 minutes remaining in the opening half provided the visitors a 3-0 advantage. But the damage wasn’t done as Austin Robertson’s goal less than three minutes later upped the lead to 4-0, a lead Tabb would take into the halftime intermission.
In the second half, Tabb’s relaxation on the offensive end looked to be the cause of a potential downfall. Less than two minutes in, New Kent’s Xabier Zuazo scored to put the hosts on the board. At the 25:55 mark, Zuazo beat Tigers’ goalie Logan Stoumbaugh for another score, slicing the visitors’ lead in half (4-2).
But that score was short-lived as 21 seconds later, Tabb’s Alex Yartsev scored on an uncontested goal. One more additional goal provided the final score for the visitors to clinch the win.
After the contest, New Kent Trojans Head Coach Derek Yates spoke about his team’s effort.
“Soccer is a game of mistakes,” he commented. “In the first half, we made a lot of mistakes but figured it out by the second half.
“Tonight, I was looking for players to give me effort,” Yates continued. “Some of these games, effort is a lot more important than skill. What you lack in skill you can make up for in effort.”
New Kent’s record falls to 4-8-1 on the year.