Both the varsity and junior varsity Chanute High School soccer teams won their soccer match-ups over Columbus High School on Tuesday night at CHS.
The varsity team won 3-0, while the JV team came up victorious 4-0. Jay Brown had two goals and Vittorio Kwek registered a goal, too, for varsity.
Head coach Adam Wilcox said his team could have played even better, especially after the Blue Comets won 8-0 in their first meeting with Columbus this year.
“Goals are great, but the way they came about it, it’s kind of sloppy all over,” Wilcox said. “We had a bunch of people who just wanted to score goals and were waiting for someone else to do the work to set them up. It just wasn’t a cohesive team effort today. It was a lot of sloppy individual play. It’s weird to be this disappointed after a 3-0 win.”
The first two goals transpired in the first half.
Brown scored at the 34:50 mark off of a corner kick. Shortly after, there was a deflection off of a defender, and Brown happened to be in the right place at the right time before he booted in the game’s first goal.
For the second goal at the 31:33 mark, Brown was able to rebound before kicking in the game’s second goal.
Brown said the leaders on his team were doing their best to goad the other players to play up to standards.
“For this game, it’s tough. We have a lot of kids we’re trying to get fired up. It’s mentally draining because we are trying to keep focus on the team, and we have a few leaders who were trying to get everybody up to the same level, but it’s a process that we are working on, and going forward we are going to have a real test with our major SEK games with Independence, Pittsburg and Coffeyville,” Brown commented.
JV was able to score one more goal than varsity behind two goals from Jimmy DeLeon, and goals from Brayden McVey and Miguel Ayuso respectively.
Junior varsity head coach Michael Villarreal, on the other hand, said he was impressed with his team’s performance.
“I’m really impressed; I never tell my players to expect a victory, we have to earn it,” Villarreal said. “We work a lot in practice. What a lot of people don’t understand is that half this team never played soccer before, so it’s pretty impressive the journey that they have made. The first time we played Columbus, unfortunately we only got two 10-minute halves, but we won 1-0. A lot of us are still unfamiliar with our positions and what to do. But it’s just impressive to see these kids grow. It’s a testament to their dedication on the practice field.”
CHS (7-2-1) will next play Fort Scott on Thursday at home.