By TERESA CHIPMAN
Preston had a mixed week in boys’ soccer beating Highland 3-2, but, losing to Burley 3-0. Both are strong teams that provide excellent competition, but do not count in district standings. The Indians also played at home against Bonneville on Tuesday, Oct. 1 (score not available at press time).
The boys return home this week playing against Pocatello on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m.; Madison on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 11 a.m.; and Rigby on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. The Rigby game on Oct. 8 will be senior night for Preston.
The Indians travelled to Burley on Saturday, Sept. 28. Despite outshooting the Bobcats 16-7, shutting them down in the second half and beating them 2-1 earlier in the season, they lost the match 3-0. Burley scored all three goals in the first 37 minutes. The wind and faster play on turf were certainly a factor.
“We got there and the wind was really strong, and we chose to attack into the wind in the first half,” coach Robert Bowles said. “We just couldn’t get anything out of our half in the first 15 minutes.”
A penalty in the box by Burley gave the Indians a chance to score in the second half, but the shot by Colby Hendrickson was saved by the Bobcat keeper. “A lot of it was because of the wind, but a lot of it was because we stepped up our attack,” Bowles said. “We just didn’t capitalize on our opportunities.”
At Highland on Thursday, Sept. 26, Preston fared much better beating the 5A team 3-2 after being down 0-2 right off the bat. The Rams put both their goals in before the 15 minute mark and Preston came back with a vengeance. Hendrickson started things off with a goal in the 15th minute. Zac Roper followed in the 26th tying the game and just three minutes later Stillman Palmer put one in for a one point lead.
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