Jeeps looking for boost as skid hits 7 gamesSeptember 23, 2019
By JONATHAN SAXON
DUBOIS — The season slog took another turn for the worst for the Northeast Dubois Jeeps, as they were on the wrong end of another shutout in falling to the Pike Central Chargers 6-0 Monday night.
Jeeps boys coach Dylan Robling believed his team was distracted by the Senior Night festivities, as the seniors for both the school’s soccer teams were highlighted and celebrated during the evening. He thinks the team was focused on that, and, therefore, didn’t put as much concentration on the game as they should have.
“[It’s] senior night, so I think they were a little distracted from what was going on,” Robling said. “Something we struggle with is the focus of the game. We probably got four or five good passes in a row, went for a sixth one and messed up. I don’t think they were all here today.”
The Jeeps (2-8, 2-1) endured three first-half goals from the Chargers (7-4-1, 2-1), but they did their best to try and mount a push in the second half. The Jeeps fought the Chargers for their chances to set up their offense, but there was a noticeable struggle to maintain drives up the field. The problem seemed to lie in making that final connection before setting up a shot. Either the setup pass was rushed and missed, or the Charger defenders found ways to intercept the ball to bring the Jeeps’ progress to a halt.
Pike Central also had its troubles moving the ball on Northeast Dubois at times, but the Chargers did manage to get a few more chances in the second half. Senior Adair Kabrick managed to get behind the Jeeps’ defensive line and snuck one into the corner of the net to put the Chargers up 4-0. Senior Chloe Roy was able to to do the same thing a few minutes later following a reset; she drifted to the top right corner of the goal area and shot one in that initially looked like it might have missed. But the officials counted the score after a short conference, and Pike Central was up 5-0. Senior Shelby Vaughn was able to land the final score with a little more than 13 minutes left. She made her way to the front of the net, and tapped in a soft shot. It looked like it would fall short of the scoring line, but the ball managed to penetrate the threshold and, with that, the Chargers rode a 6-0 lead into the evening.
Robling and Jeeps boys coach Clive Williams did the best they could to cheer up the team in the post-game huddle. There were a lot of frustrated faces trying to cope with another loss on their season, their seventh in a row. No doubt it’s been tough sledding for the Jeeps, but Robling still pointed out some positive things the team was able to accomplish Monday night.
“We were able to create passes and move around a little bit,” he said. “The defense and midfield was involved in the attack, they created options. I saw a lot of that, which was really good.”
But more than strategic adjustments the Jeeps could use a little pick-me-up in their spirits ahead of their next game against county rival Southridge. There are still a couple of games left to get something positive going, but it’s up to the team to embrace the challenge.
“We’re going to try to have a better mindset,” junior defender Hali Nesbitt said. “I hope we win our next couple of games, and, hopefully, our attitudes will help."
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