There were positives for the host El Dorado soccer team in its Sierra Valley Conference match with Galt Tuesday night but the Warriors’ ability to control possession and thus the outcome was the difference in their 3-1 victory over the Cougars.
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“The first time we played Galt they dominated the game and tonight we were able to do some things better and as a team we have shown improvement,” El Dorado’s Gabe Hurwitt said. “Now our team is looking to play hard and have a good rest of the season.”
For most of the match the offensive attack of El Dorado was stifled by the visitors from Galt. That changed midway through the second half when Hurwitt took a pass from Brandon Eldridge down the right sideline, dribbled past a couple defenders and sent a high arching shot over the Galt keeper and into the back of the net to avoid the shutout.
Despite the loss, the Cougars can build on the defensive effort produced by Christian Fitzgerald, Tyler Rossi, Aaron Line and Jose Santana-Castillo along with a stellar goal-keeping effort by Dan Synder that allowed El Dorado to keep the game close in the first half.
The relentless pressure by Galt along with the precision passing by the guests eventually produced many opportunities that El Dorado was unable to overcome and by the end of the first 40 minutes, the Warriors held a 2-0 advantage.
Over the course of the second half the Cougars battled gallantly to erase the deficit. That proved to be a large task especially after Galt found the back of the net once again for a 3-0 lead. The Cougars answered with Hurwitt’s goal with 15 minutes left in the contest to narrow the gap but that was as close as the Cougars could get.
Thursday, the Cougars return to the pitch in search of a victory in another league match against Vista del Lago.