The Chanute Blue Comets’ soccer team hosted the Field Kindley Golden Tornadoes for their final game of the regular season. Chanute lost 3-0 to put their final record at 9-6-1.
This game was played in harsh elements. A combination of wind, rain, and cold could really cause some mistakes but both squads, for the most part, minimized those. The major exceptions were the three Golden Tornado goals.
The first goal came only eight minutes into the contest off of the foot of Caden Herring. Then in the eleventh minute, Tate Thornburg tacked another on for the Golden Tornadoes Herring also tack on the final nail in the coffin to put Field Kindley up 3-0 with less than six minutes remaining.
“We had some defensive breakdowns in the first half where one of their goals was just amazing. I don’t know how he cut through Jay and Noah. Like, they both even got touches on the ball. That should have pushed it away from him but it took some bad bounces and was unlucky for us and then he ended up being too close for our keeper to do anything about it,” Chanute’s head coach Adam Wilcox said, “So that goal was just a bad bounce of the balls. The other two goals were just kind of missed marks that we probably should have cleaned up.”
The Comets were playing without sophomore Drayton Cleaver. Cleaver, a reliable piece on Chanute’s backline, has been nursing leg injuries that he sustained in the Coffeyville tournament. Wilcox sat Cleaver to be safe going into the postseason.
“We lost Drayton because his foot has been a bit of an issue. He’s been kind of fighting off an injury. I just tried to save him for next week instead of pushing him through today,” Wilcox said, “So we were without a two-year starter, our center back. We had people playing out of position. So, to hold Coffeyville to three in conditions like this was pretty good.”