OTTUMWA — Being the first match of the season, there is always going to be physical and mental mistakes. Indian Hills head soccer coach Doug Seigle understands that, and he’s willing to except it.
What he was not willing to except on Friday was the lack of physical and mental will his Indian Hills men’s soccer squad failed to display in the Warriors’ ‘Kickoff’ Classic. Visiting Century College took advantage in both aspects, converting mistakes by IHCC into goals while keeping the Warriors from turning around the pace of play by keeping a continuous attack going for most of the 80 minutes.
The end result was a 4-0 shutout win for the visitors from Minnesota. Siegle was left to wonder what to make of the first game of the 2013 season, which may not have resulted in a win, but the Warrior coach had hoped would have been much more competitive than it turned out.
“It’s an eye opener. There are issues I knew that we had and they showed up huge on the field,” Siegle said. “The thing the frustrates me is, we know there are issues we need to work on, but it just seems like we are slow to react to them out on the field. I think a lot of it is that the speed of the game is so different from the high school game, but also it’s the physical nature of the game. The game’s a lot more physical and I think kids are looking for the refs to bail them out at times rather than play through it.”
Century College controlled the early stages of the contest, taking the opening ball and driving it in for several early scoring chances. The Warriors dodged the early opportunities as the young squad was seemingly trying to get its legs underneath them in its season opener.