After winning their season opener 3-0 against Canton on Aug. 30, the Winfield boys soccer team fell to Wright City on Tuesday, Sept. 3, by the same scoreline.

In the game against Canton, the goals came from Kaden Kaimann, who scored twice, and Josh Politte, with assists from Owen Stroud, Brett Piotrowicz and Gage Trempler.

“Hats off to Wright City. They showed up and were ready to go. They were really coming after us the whole game,” coach Erin Hesselbach said. She said that as far as her team’s performance went, it wasn’t the best.

“We were a little disorganized,” Hesselbach said. “I thought our hustle to win 50/50 balls and loose balls was a little sluggish. 

“It wasn’t our best performance but definitely a learning opportunity and a place for us to start and keep working to improve for the rest of the season.” Though the team, as a whole, struggled to put together a performance, there were definitely some bright spots, both in individual performances, effort and chances created.

“I thought there were some players that really stepped up that kind of hadn’t really been in the highlights or been front and center,” Hesselbach said. She mentioned Noah Thomas, who put in a solid shift in the back line, and Kaden Kaimann.

“I saw some individuals step up that I hadn’t [seen] recently, so it was encouraging to see that when the rest of the team was a little sluggish, they kind of tried to find the energy and the effort and pull the team up,” Hesselbach said. “That was encouraging.”

Wright City scored late in the first and that scoreline remained for the greater part of the second half, when they scored twice late. But the Warriors put together chances to level the game when it was still 1-0.

Notably, Kaimann had a few shots that either went just wide – one of them missing the top corner by inches – or were saved.

Hesselbach pointed out some things that she plans to work on in order to create and convert more of those chances.

“We’re going to work on movement off the ball and making sure that we are active up top and not being nearly as stagnant,” Hesselbach said. “The biggest thing is closing in the gap between our lines. I want to make sure that our back line is supporting our offensive players so we aren’t working in separate units, but all together as one cohesive unit.”

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