Different foes, same result.
Playing a pair of private schools starting with the letter ‘M,’ the Borgia soccer Knights dropped a pair of matches this week.
Borgia (3-10) lost Tuesday on the road to Missouri Military Academy and fell at home Thursday to MICDS, 1-0.
The Knights traveled to Mexico Tuesday to take on the Missouri Military Academy Colonels (6-8), falling 6-0.
“I was impressed with a few of their players,” Borgia Head Coach John Clark said. “Their No. 10 (Kenny Kazoora) probably had 15 or so clean slide tackles where he won the ball and jumped back up and held possession. I really like that style of play, intense and not dirty. I don’t think he had a single foul and I am sure had a few of their goals.”
The game was a rematch of a 2015 sectional match and Borgia also beat the Colonels last year in Washington.
“Unfortunately one of our worst showings,” Clark said. “I actually apologized to their coach at the end of the match. This was probably our poorest performance and he said this may have been their best game this season.”
MMA worked hard for its offense, Clark indicated.
“They beat us with disciplined hard work and not necessarily skill,” Clark said. “I think they intimidated our guys too and caught us sleeping a few times. It is hard to take a two-hour bus ride, warm up for 15 minutes and be physically and mentally prepared for a match.”
Clark feels Borgia is better than the performance.
“I didn’t feel like this score line represented our squads,” Clark said. “I think we could have given them a much better game.”
Clark felt Borgia could have easily turned the tables.
“We had a few mistakes in the back and had a very stale start,” said Clark. “We also missed on our chances. We could have had five goals easily. They capitalized on their opportunities and we did not.”
Clark complimented the Colonels.
“They were a very disciplined team,” Clark said. “They played very aggressive soccer but not dirty. I heard a few of my guys on the bench say ‘I want to be mad at them but they are so nice.’ ”
Clark said the Knights can take positive lessons from MMA.
“I think they were very good sports and disciplined, something my team can learn from them,” Clark said.
Clark said Borgia needs to become more disciplined and not dispute calls with officials.
“This is unacceptable, he said. “We cannot keep getting penalized for foolish reasons.”
Most Borgia students had never been to the military school.
“It was a neat atmosphere,” Clark commented.
Borgia returned home Thursday, hosting MICDS. Jisung Kim’s goal just past the midway point of the first half was the only marker of the game.
Evan Hofer recorded the shutout for the Rams.
“We got a lot of positives out of the game except the end result,” Clark said.
Max Bowen was in net for the Knights and he stepped up.
“I think Max definitely saved a few that I thought were going in,” Clark said. “One breakaway, he came out big and made the stop.”
Clark said he saw progress in the match.
“We were more disciplined than the past few games,” Clark said. “We set the tone better and played a smarter game without getting any cards. We went harder to the 50/50 balls and probably won more than any other game this season. I have seen progress this entire season even though our record doesn’t show that. I think we could surprise some people at the district.”