Perry boys’ soccer team dropped their third straight game this past Monday when they took a 4-0 loss against the Des Moines Lincoln Railsplitters (9-4).
At the Des Moines-James Cownie Soccer Park the Bluejays’ (7-9) offense couldn’t get their offense going, which led to their sixth shutout loss this season.
The May 14, contest saw the road team down early in the first half when the host scored three unanswered goals.
“The score was 3 - 0 at the half, we switched our formation to the 3 - 4 - 3 and gave up another goal in the second half,” head coach Gary Overla said.
Despite the loss, Overla is confident that his team will grasp the new formation and will play up to his expectations and their abilities.
He made no excuses for the loss but noted that the team has not been at full strength.
“I think it is pretty safe to say that we will be rolling with that formation for the remainder of the year,“ he said. “We are still playing short handed but that is not an excuse for our loss.”
The Bluejays suffered their second straight loss on Thursday, May 10, when they dropped a Raccoon River Conference match 3-2 to the host Carroll Tigers (5-8).
“As well as we played in our loss to ADM on Tuesday night, Thursday night in Carroll was the exact opposite,” Overla said. “Carroll took the early lead but we were able to come back with two goals in the first half, one by Brandon Ruiz and the other by Ever Tobar.”
The 2-1 Perry lead at the half fell apart in the second half when according to Overla, the squad was not able to capitalize on numerous opportunities to score in the second half because of their inability to finish.”
“To say that we were disappointed with the loss is an understatement,” the coach said. “I don’t mind if we lose, I am not naive enough to think that we are going to go through every season undefeated - we certainly haven’t yet. Our disappointment comes in our lack of competing, rising above the adverse conditions (wind) and taking care of business like good teams will.”
There are now two games remaining this season before the Bluejays participate in the substate tournament.
“Our road this week doesn’t get any easier, we have #4 Pella on Thursday [May 17] and No. 8 DC-G on Friday, [May 18]” Overla said. “Hopefully we can weather this storm and get ourselves ready for a substate run.”