OTTUMWA — In a lot of ways, Doug Seigle has seen his Indian Hills men’s soccer team make positive strides in 2013.
“Where we’ve come from at the beginning of the season to now is steps and bounds improved,” Seigle said. “We’ve done better with the possession of the ball. We work on it every day and we continue to get better at it.”
Unfortunately for Seigle, what the Warriors are still lacking as a team is an ability to translate that improved play into the flow of a game. Right now, it’s the major factor keeping IHCC from improving the results on the scoreboard when match time arrives.
“The problem is, we still have a lot of nervous people out there on the field,” Seigle said. “We can do positive things in practice. We can do positive things at times during the games. As soon as we get a little nervous and get under a little bit of pressure and get a little flustered, that technique breaks down and we start making simple mistakes. That’s what other teams are capitalizing on right now.”
Marshalltown became the latest team to capitalize on several Warrior miscues on Wednesday, turning a few missed stops by IHCC defenders into first-half goals as the Tigers opened a 3-0 lead by halftime. Things only continued to snowball in the second half as the goal-scoring chances got easier and easier, leading to a six-goal barrage in an 18-minute span to cap a 10-0 victory at the Indian Hills soccer field.
That late surge by the Tigers disappointed Seigle more than anything else. It wasn’t a surge that came due to mistakes or overly-aggressive play that opened up the field for Marshalltown.
In fact, according to Seigle, the net opened up for the Tigers mostly due to the exact opposite type of play by the Warriors.