On Tuesday, the Chanute Blue Comets played the Columbus Titans. Despite the Comets’ injury problems, they took the 3-0 win behind goals from senior Lawson Collins, junior Kaleb Becannon, and freshman Lucio Soliz.
“What worked well is that we started working our sidelines and attacking with players and good possession. Playing balls out wide to Walker [Becknell] and [Trey] Smoot and Lucio, making runs to the outside. When we were doing it, it looked really really nice,” Chanute’s head coach Adam Wilcox said.
The Comets started out the game a little slow, but once they took control, they really took control. The first goal came in the 19th minute off the foot of Becannon. Then Columbus put in an own goal off of a Becannon corner kick in the 24th minute. Soliz was given the score as the closest offensive player to the ball. Seven minutes later, Collin popped in his goal, Chanute led 3-0 going into the half.
In the second half the Blue Comets dominated, despite not scoring. They were making great passes, especially junior Stark Wright, and had more shots on goal than in the first half.
“The second half went well with the adjustments we made. I was telling the kids ‘The play in the first half didn’t deserve three goals, but we got them and the play in the second half didn’t deserve to go scoreless because we played so much better,’” Wilcox said, “That’s just how soccer goes sometimes. Sometimes goals go and sometimes they don’t.”
One of Chanute’s biggest adversaries this year has been the injury bug. They played Tuesday’s game without starters Grayson Burchett and team scoring leader, Gregory Lopez. This was also Andrea Cuin and Jacob Guernsey’s first action since going out with injury.
“We’ve still got to get our health back. We’re here without two starters today. Lopez and Grayson didn’t play a minute,” Wilcox said, “We still have Guernsey who’s a little banged up, Hayden [Newton]’s a little banged up. Just getting healed up. We also need to work on back-line cohesion and working as a unit a little bit better.”
The Comets are sitting at 4-6-1. Their remaining schedule looks like: at Fort Scott, vs Independence, vs Pittsburg, and at Coffeyville. All four of those teams defeated Chaute earlier in the season.
“We need to work on playing more consistently. Not playing well for streaks at times or halves at times but for the whole game,” Wilcox said, ” If we want a chance to beat anyone else in our league that have all beaten us. If we want a chance we need it to be our game the whole 80 minutes not ten minutes here, 20 minutes off, ten minutes here, five minutes off, five minutes here, like it’s got to be 80 minutes of good play.”