Warriors find learning curve
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune
March 28, 2013 12:45 AM | 899 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON – The season has been a learning process for the Cherokee boys’ soccer team.

According to coach Craig Gibson the team is making strides and is still looking toward its goal of beating some county rivals.

“They are getting better each game,” said Gibson. “They are putting together some decent plays, but we still aren’t where we need to be.”

The coach said they don’t have a star player, but rather work on what they can do together as a team. The Warriors are working on ball movement and controlling the flow of the game.

“We don’t have a one-man team,” he said. “It’s pretty much everyone together or we fall apart.”

Among some of the key players are Eduardo Mendoza, Joel Diaz, Connor Ceballos and Brady Bradshaw.

Gibson said the team’s performance has improved over the course of the season, but that isn’t reflected in the 1-7 record.

“They scores are closer,” said Gibson, following a

5-0 loss to Walton on Tuesday night. “We just focus on the positive stuff and recognized the guys for what they are doing right. We just keep trying to put it together until they play a solid 80 minutes.”

In the second half of the loss to Walton, the Warriors put together a few nice plays and had a couple of break away opportunities, but just didn’t find the net. A slow offense has been a big problem for Cherokee. The Warriors highest scoring game was a 2-0 victory over Sequoyah.

Gibson said the team has a good chance for another victory when it plays North Forsyth today. The Warriors will then play a series of county matches, including Etowah, Woodstock and Creekview.

“Our focus this year was really on county matches,” said Gibson. “Our goal was to improve and win county if we can. Our region is insanely difficult, so the goal is to take down county opponents and then go on from there.”

The Warriors play in Region 5AAAAAA with Lassiter, Walton and Roswell—some of the top teams in the state.

While the Warriors know they aren’t likely to win many region games, Gibson encourages the players that they have to start somewhere.

“Every game we try to do better than the last,” he said. “But we know we still have a long way to go.”
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