Saturday, January 19, 2008

ATH: Tivy Firday Soccer

Tivy hits Greyhound wall
From staff reports, The Daily Times, Published January 19, 2008

It was a loss, but in the loss, the Tivy boys soccer team may have found something important.

“I don’t like the outcome, but I have nothing but respect for the squad,” Antlers coach David Swonke said after his team’s 3-0 loss to Boerne at Antler Stadium. “They kept after it. Tonight, they became a team.”

Call it trial by fire.

The Greyhounds grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first half, using their speed to find the back of the net just nine minutes into the match.

“It was a little eye-opener early with their speed,” Swonke said. “I turned to (assistant coach Gary Miears) and said, ‘Was that a 4.2 (40-yard dash time)? And he said, ‘No, faster.’

“They use their speed very well. They trap on the fly at fullspeed and turn and go on you. They have very high skill-level kids, the kind who play soccer year-round.”

Still, the Antlers stayed in the game, penetrating the Boerne defense a number of times. But, it was off a quick transition in the second half when the Greyhounds scored again. They added another goal in the closing minutes.

“We kept playing hard, but they kept running quality player after quality player in, and their 18 players wore down our 14.

“I am very proud of the way the kids played — with a lot of heart. There was a lot of emotion after the game. They wanted it pretty badly, so they took it pretty hard.”

Tivy travels to Wimberley on Tuesday.

Antlers learn tough lesson
From Staff Reports, The Daily Times, Published January 19, 2008

BOERNE — The Tivy girls soccer team Friday got a taste of life when facing a ranked opponent.

And while the Antlers were not particularly pleased with their 3-0 loss to Boerne, they did learn one thing.

“We know now, for the next time, we can’t start out scared,” Tivy coach Shannon Sletten said after her team fell to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in District 27-4A. “Next time, we’ll know going in that we can compete because if we don’t play scared, we play better.”

The Greyhounds — ranked in Region IV — offered an intimidating challenge, and showed why they are ranked with a pair of quick goals early in the first half.

“We had a starter out at fullback and had to reshuffle our lineup back there,” Sletten said. “They took advantage of our lack of starters. They found a little weakness and exploited it pretty quickly.”

Boerne added a goal just before halftime, but from that point on Tivy held its own.

“The first half, we were a little intimidated by their ranking,” Sletten said. “It was cold, wet and a little slippery, and we played a little afraid.

“But, after that, it was a good match. There was a lot of back-and-forth in momentum. We got good opportunities, we just didn’t make good on them. The thing now is we have to learn from this and know what we have to do next time out.”

Tivy hosts Wimberley in a district match Tuesday at Antler Stadium.

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