By Rob Kiser
If you judged Piqua boys soccer solely on its record, whih dropped to 4-10-0 after a 3-1 loss to Fairborn Thursday night at Wertz Stadium, you would be making a mistake — and doing the team a disservice.
Nobody understands that better than first year coach Flo Loisy.
“We are in the midst of an eight game losing streak,” Loisy said. “But, it really doesn’t feel like that. If you didn’t know better, you would think this was our first loss after a number of wins.”
And Loisy sees the progress the team is making even if it doesn’t show up in the win column.
“The bottom line is we are not as concerned about wins and losses as we are about going out there and getting better,” he said. “And we did that again tonight. We are building towards the future and that (getting better) is important because a lot of these kids are going to be here next year.”
The night got off to a rough start when Fairborn’s Tanner Robinson was able to convert a penalty kick in the first three minutes of the game.
“You never want to start a game like that,” Loisy said. “It was addressed at that time. It is one of those situations you learn from. It is not something that cost us the game. We came back and got right back in the game.”
That is because the Indians were able to even the score on a spectacular shot by Robbie Comstock.
With 19:08.7 remaining in the opening half, Comstock one-touched the ball from 25 yards out to tie the game.
“That was a great touch by (Robbie) Comstock,” Loisy said. “Kaden Jones set it up and Robbie (Comstock) just cleaned it up with a one touch. At the end of the day, those are the kinds of things Robbie (Comstock) is capable of doing. Robbie (Comstock) is doing a great job and developing into a real leader for us.”
Fairborn would take a 2-1 lead later in the first half and add an insurance goal in the second half, against eight saves by keeper Wesley Ford.
Keegan Dierker scored from in front of the goal for Fairborn with 10:39.8 in the first half and Walker Newell found the net with 24:01 left in the game.
“There are a number of things going on out there,” Loisy said about a banged up Piqua team. “We are running low on bodies. We have a freshman running center-mid. I am not making excuses, that’s the reality of the situation. We had a couple defenders out there at the end that are normally not out there.”
But, what Loisy saw is a team that continues to progress as the regular season nears an end.
“It got a little chippy out there at the end,” Loisy said. “In the past, that is something that we might not have handled. But, tonight, we kept our heads. When you look at the things we are doing on and off the field, we are getting better and we did again tonight.”
Which is all Loisy can ask as Piqua plays at Troy Tuesday, before hosting Springfield Thursday to close the regular season.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.