By Rob Kiser
The best thing about the Piqua boys soccer team’s 1-0 loss to Urbana Thursday night on the Wertz Staidum soccer pitch?
The Indians don’t have to wait long to get back on the field, playing at Graham Saturday.
Despite having the advantage in shots and possession, the Indians were never able to capitalize Thursday, dropping to 1-1-0 on the season.
“The good thing is we don’t have to wait long to get back on the field,” Piqua coach Josh Duncan said. “We have a game in another day or two so we can put this behind us. This was just a tough, tough night.”
It wasn’t like the Indians didn’t have chances, outshotting Urbana 14-8, with four corner kicks to the Hillclimbers one.
“If you want to look at it that way, we had more shots,” Duncan said. “I think we possessed the ball more than they did. I think we had more good scoring opportunities. But, you still have to be able to execute.”
Urbana did that on one play with25:28.9 to go in the first half and that ended up being the difference.
The Hillclimbers’ Tate Harrigan took a free kick and Michael Trudo was able to finish from the right, just beyond the outstretched arms of Piqua keeper Wesley Ford.
“I just feel like we were out of position on that play,” Duncan said. “I feel like we weren’t ready. But, after that Urbana really didn’t have any real good scoring chances.”
And even going to the breka down 1-0, Duncan wasn’t overly concerned.
“I just thought it was a bad first half,” he said. “And we did play much better in the second half. Yes, we had a lot of good chances (to score). We just have to take those chances.”
Now, the Indians prepare to get back on the winning track Saturday, when they travel to Graham.
“This was just one of those games,” Duncan said. “We just have to move on and put this one behind us.”
And they don’t have to wait long to do it.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.