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MARBLE FALLS — A 2-0 loss to Leander Vandegrift Feb. 28 prompted Marble Falls High School boys soccer coach Michael Nave to say his squad (0-5) will relearn some fundamentals.

Vandegrift scored two minutes into the game for a 1-0 half-time lead and then added the second goal with 20:56 remaining in the contest. The first goal came when a Viper who assisted kicked a crossing pass to a teammate, who used his head to find the back of the net. The Mustang defender was behind the shooter, giving him a clear path to the goal.

The final goal came when a Viper intercepted a pass deep in Mustang territory and found himself one-on-one with the goalie.

“Their goals came off mistakes we made,” Nave said.

Coaches will emphasize keeping offensive shape, meaning the players stay in a certain area and move according to the ball’s location, and individual defensive skills, which each player knowing his role and where to go, he said.

Part of the hurdle is many Mustangs are playing on the varsity level for the first time, the coach said, so these challenges are part of learning.

“Last year, we would knock the ball to a spot, and we’re there,” he said. “It’s the difference between being a senior who’s been in the program for three years.”

Nave remains optimistic Marble Falls can make these adjustments and still find themselves in the playoffs.

“There’s still enough season left to play back into contention,” he said. “We can still achieve that goal.”

The Mustangs will travel to Cedar Park High, 2150 Cypress Creek Road, 7:30 p.m. March 2. The Timberwolves lost to Lake Travis 2-1 Feb. 28.

 

jfierro@thepicayune.com