Cougar Soccer shows improved defensive effort

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By CINDY CROSBY

The Colleton County Cougar Soccer team lost games last week to Region VII-AAAA opponents Bluffton High School (7-0) and James Island High School (6-0). Bluffton High School and James Island remain undefeated in the Region VII race and are ranked in statewide polls.

The Cougars are currently 1-5 overall and 0-5 in Region VII.

“It was another tough week for us,” coach Brian Reid said. “We played a lot more organized defensively against Bluffton and played a solid first half. However, we were just unlucky and found ourselves 3-0 down after being trailed by a goal.

“With around 15 minutes remaining in the half, a penalty has been called on Chandler McMillan for a foul in the box,” Reid said. “McMillan was just unlucky on the challenge as the player lost his footing and made it look like he took him out in the box. Bluffton took a 2-0 lead after getting the spot kick McMillan had a solid game leading the defense.

“I was proud of how we kept the effort going in the second half,” Reid said. “The difference was in player rotation as we only had four substitutes and Bluffton had 11. We just ran out of gas as they continued to send us new players, while slowly getting them to add new players. goals in the last 20 minutes of the game. It was definitely a much improved defensive effort and we got a physique that we haven’t had all season. There are some signs that we are now moving in the right direction.

“Against defending champions AAAA State, James Island High School, we were missing a key player,” Reid said. “I was hugely impressed with the way we played as we stayed organized defensively and communicated the changes. We also tried to counter attack but we were missing a key part of our attacking plan. Shooting trailing 3-0 at halftime, two poor clearances led straight to goals in the final 15 minutes to give them a 3-0 lead.

“We hung out with James Island all night,” Reid said. “It was our best defensive organization and communication of the season and we fought for 80 minutes. I was happy to see the fans giving them a boost when we let ourselves down a bit and I was impressed with support. We can build on that and hopefully learn how to attack.

Colleton County was scheduled to host Beaufort High School on March 22 before moving to Whale Branch Early College High School on Friday, March 25.

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