One mistake did in the Dunkirk Marauders (0-1) Wednesday during their CCAA Division 1 boys' soccer match, as they fell to the Allegany-Limestone Gators (2-1), 1-0, at Karl Hoeppner Field.
"For the first time out, I thought the effort was there," Dunkirk head coach Brian Crawford said. "We lost a lot of experience, so stepping on the field this season we had a lot of inexperience."
The Gators Robby Higby beat the Dunkirk defense, then Marauders' keeper Nick Kobel to give the visitors a 1-0 lead 17 minutes into the first half.
OBSERVER?Photos by Roger Coda
Above, Dunkirk goalie Nick Kobel makes a sliding save during Wednesday’s CCAA?Division 1 boys’ high school soccer game against Allegany-Limestone.?Below, Dunkirk’s Nelmy Robles (2) escapes?Allegany-Limestone defenders Ben Wallace (15) and Shawn Dubin (7).
"We settled in, in the second half," Crawford said. "But I think the nervousness and the jitters got to us in the first half. We made one big mistake and they capitalized."
Dunkirk was able to settle in, in the second half, not allowing Allegany-Limestone another goal the rest of the way, but unfortunately for the Marauders, they were unable to put a shot past Gators' keeper Dom Conroy, who made two saves on the day.
"Our quality scoring chances weren't there," Crawford noted.
"We had trouble in the transition game. Out of returning players, I only had two that saw significant time, so it's a learning experience. We'll keep working at it and get better."
For Dunkirk, Kobel made eight saves on the day.
The Marauders will be back on their home pitch on Monday, when they host the Lake Shore Eagles at 7 p.m., at Karl Hoeppner Field.