Despite scores, Wave soccer shows progress

DTL Staff
Staff Writer

Defeat is frustrating but with every loss comes some small signs of improvement.

The West Point High girls soccer team lost 13-0 Monday at district foe Lafayette County and the boys lost 7-1. Big margins but for young teams, they are learning moments.

“The girls are looking better, they do every game and they play their hearts out. Our issues on offense is learning to pass the ball upfield to someone. It’s a process. Defense is better, but still needs work. But I can say they are working hard and learning,” gils coach Ashley Dauzat said.

In the boys game, John Facella scored a first-half goal on an assist from his brother, Antonio Facella, as the Green Wave fought to just a 4-1 halftime deficit before being shut out in the second half.

It marked the first time this year the Wave scored in the first half.

J.D. Tumey continues impressive play on defense, as does sophomore goalie Koby Pate, according to coach Steve Cannon.

“We had some good shots. It’s just a matter of getting them to go in, of breaking through,” Cannon said of his team’s overall offense.

“For a first-timer, Tumey is playing tough, he’s really good,” Cannon said.

“And Koby (Pate), he had an awesome night. When the opposing coach is talking about you, you know you are doing something,” Cannon said of his young goalie who has only been playing with the team two weeks since finishing the season with a football state championship.

Injuries also continue to keep the team short-handed. One noticeable missing player was senior captain Chris Lee.

“Our young guys are getting a lot of experience and stepping up, but some of them just haven’t developed the leg strength yet. And when they are playing with these older, bigger guys, they are getting pushed around a little. But their time will come,” Cannon stated.

“They’ll get their chance, they all will,” he concluded.

The Wave is off for the Christmas holidays and returns to play Jan. 8 at Caledonia before hosting district foe Grenada Jan. 11.