LAURINBURG — Playing its third game in as many nights, the Scotland boys soccer team lost 4-0 to Hoke on Wednesday after the Bucks scored three goals in the second half.
“I feel we’re very sound as a team,” Scotland soccer coach Blake Dickerson said. “We just need to work on the offensive transition. That’s a big problem we’re facing. It’s been plaguing us all season. You can see it when we play against these weaker teams, where we can’t score goals against a team that we should definitely be beating.”
After the Bucks got their first goal of the night on a header in the 23rd minute, Nakya Davila increased Hoke’s lead to two goals when he found the back of the net with another header early in the second half.
With 22 minutes left in the game, David Williams scored Hoke’s third goal. The final goal of the night came on a shot inside the box by Hoke’s Adam Castillo.
“Obviously when you’re playing defense all night, everyone’s going to get worn down,” Dickerson said. “They ended up scoring three in the second, but definitely a strong game defensively.”
The Fighting Scots defeated Purnell Swett on Monday in sudden-death penalty kicks before losing 2-1 to Seventy-First on Tuesday.
Dickerson said that stretch of games took its toll on his players.
“We’ve had some injuries already this week,” Dickerson said. “Some of the boys played through it. Fatigue, yeah. I’m trying to keep them fresh. I played a lot of guys in some weird places today that I usually don’t. I’m just trying to keep everyone fresh. It’s a long week, and we’re going to have a lot more long weeks ahead of us, because it’s three games a week for the rest of the season.”
The Scotland jayvee soccer team defeated Hoke 2-0 on Wednesday.
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