|Muscatine defeats West Liberty 3-1 |
by Norv and Mary Coblentz · April 04, 2013
Two ranked teams faced off in the season opener for the Comets' boys' soccer team.
West Liberty, ranked sixth in the Class 1A preseason rankings by the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association, lost 3-1 to Muscatine, ranked 14th in Class 3A preseason rankings by the IHSSCA. All three Muscatine goals came in a few minute period in the first half.
"In five minutes of play, there were two mistakes made, and both resulted in goals," West Liberty head soccer coach Mike Gunn said. "Even the third (Muscatine goal) probably wouldn't have happened if we hadn't lost control for a few minutes. Other than a few minutes in the game, we did well."
Muscatine's Preston Kamara scored the game's first goal on an assist by Gabe Woodburn in the 12th minute. The second and third goals both came in the 13th minute and were scored unassisted by Miguel Corillo Torres and David Varela, respectively.
The Comets' goal was on a penalty kick in the 25th minute of the first half. Sophomore Peter Seele made the kick.
"It's always nice to get that first win. It gives the kids some confidence," Muscatine head coach David Schuler said.
"We had a lot of guys in new positions and many more in new positions before the game was over," Gunn said. "I learned a lot and I think the guys are ready to have a good season.
"We had two days (of practice) outside and a lot of time in the gym. It's just hard to get ready in that time. Muscatine is a good team. They're athletic, they're good in the midfield. They're going to be tough to beat."