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CCHS goes four games without a goal in soccer skid

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By Robby O'Daniel

Back on April 4, the Campbell County High School boys soccer team dominated a match at Oliver Springs. The Cougars won 7-0.

If only they could have spread out those goals across multiple games, the Cougars might have avoided their recent skid.

The Cougars went on a four-game losing streak after the match, falling to Oak Ridge, 7-0, on April 9; losing at Halls, 4-0, on April 15; dropping the match to Scott, 3-0, on April 18 and losing 6-0 to Karns on April 23.

All four matches were shutouts.

The Scott game was tied at 0-0 at halftime.

“The bad thing is we really did our game plan in the first half,” CCHS head coach Bryan Horton said after the Scott game. “We really executed what we had worked on. … We had worked for a week now on some things offensively and through the midfield, and we outshot them 20 to 1, it seemed like, in the first half. We just never finished.

“And the way soccer is, if you don’t take advantage of your opportunities, it could come back to bite you. And second half, they capitalized on one — still thought we were doing well — and then the second goal got on us, and we kinda fell apart a little bit.”

Part of the offensive struggles of the Cougars can, no doubt, be attributed to the injury of Ethan Schroeder.

“He’s been hurt for two or three weeks, so the last four or five games, he’s been fighting with an injury,” Horton said on April 18.

The Scott game was the first full game he missed, and Horton said on April 18 that he is out indefinitely.

Others who are injured or have endured injuries included Joseph Howard, Christian Tinch, Caden Shouse and Bryson Horton, Bryan Horton said.

Plus after a fight in the game against Scott, the Cougars’ Jeremy Weinberg got a red card and thus missed last Tuesday’s scheduled game against Karns and will miss Friday’s game against Clinton.

“Our last few games have been really tough,” CCHS head coach Bryan Horton said after the Scott game. “Tonight, we just didn’t finish. I mean we had the opportunities, and we changed up — with E being out — we changed lineups. We moved Joe to a different position, and it was working really well. We just didn’t finish. I mean we had more opportunities tonight than we’ve had probably all season.”