Trojans drop key match against St. James

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Charles Henderson soccer team braved the frigid temperatures in Montgomery on Tuesday evening but fell to Saint James 2-0.

The loss drops the Trojans to 1-6 overall and 1-2 in conference play.

After beating Brew Tech last week, the Trojans circled this as a game that would go a long way towards giving them a shot at a conference title.

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“It was a huge game for us and we really needed to win it,” said Trojans head coach Roderick Vasquez. “It would have put us at 2-1 in the conference. We are now 1-2 and our backs are against the wall.”

Saint James scored on a penalty kick nearly 20 minutes into the first half and then added a second goal near the 10-minute mark of the second half.

“We didn’t have the energy level tonight,” Vasquez said. “It was forty-something degrees, but I don’t use that as an excuse, I look at it as something you have to play through. The guys learned a lot tonight. They learned about having communication. We are who we are, we need to come back in and learn something new.”

The Trojans still have a shot to win the conference title this season. To do that they will need to beat Saint James by at least two goals when they play them at home on April 13 and they will also have to defeat Brew Tech one final time as well.

“There is still a possibility but we have to clean up some stuff,” Vasquez said.

The Trojans will be back in action on Thursday when they take on Northview this Thursday evening beginning at 6 p.m.

“They are always a quality team,” Vasquez said. “We have to come back in and get the communication clear and get the defense shifting together as a unit. Communication is key first and foremost tomorrow in practice.”