The Chanute Blue Comets’ soccer team traveled to El Dorado to play the Wildcats on Tuesday. Prior to the game El Dorado’s Max Holmes said “It’s a team that I feel we have a better chance to beat. I’ve never been a part of a varsity win, and this is a team we could beat.”
Unfortunately for El Dorado, Holmes’s prediction was wrong. The Comets came away with a 2-0 victory. They saw goals for Moi Kwek and Jacob Adams in the victory.
Kwek got his goal on a fantastic play in the 22nd minute. He took the ball and proceeded to dribble and finesse his way past the Wildcat defense. The shot that followed hit the net and gave the Comets the 1-0 lead.
Then in the very last minute of the half, Adams took a shot on goal. Wildcat goalkeeper Ryan Hus nearly saved it but the ball broke the plane and Adams walked away giving Chanute the 2-0 lead.
Perhaps the most impressive players of the day were Chanute’s defensive back four. Consisting of Thomas Ramsey, Drayton Cleaver, Grayson Burchett, and one of the team captains, Noah Crapson. Because of how these four played, goalkeeper Chandler Finuf rarely had to touch the ball.
“We were really really solid. They anticipated balls being played over the top and jumped up and won them. Noah did what he does, run things down. Our balls from our back to our mids looked better. Grayson had some great balls down the line,” Chanute’s head coach Adam Wilcox said of his back line.
On the other hand, Chanute had a problem finishing. The back four made for a strong base to get balls up field, but the front players had a hard time putting the ball in the goal. Notable missed opportunities came from Adams, Jay Brown, and Filippa Kyed.
“We had some problems in the finishing third, that last ball getting a goal. I mean Jacob had four breakaways that he didn’t put away. Which is pretty uncommon. He’s just not rusty, but not in 100 percent form, he’s been a little bit injured,” Wilcox said.