CARENCRO — Because of weather, North Vermilion boys soccer coach Mark Patin said his team hasn’t practiced for more than two weeks
Despite the lack of preparation, Patin said he thought his team played well in the Patriots’ 1-0 victory over Carencro on Tuesday.
“They came out and gave me 200 percent with about 65 percent energy,” Patin said. “We got a great opportunity on the shot and made it count when it mattered.”
In the 20th minute, North Vermilion’s Conner Patin got into the box and drove the ball right past the Carencro defense and through the waiting arms of the Bears’ goalkeeper.
“Conner is young, and the power he put through on that ball was phenomenal,” Mark Patin said. “You could hear it when he hit it. If not for that goal, we’re in the back playing defense the entire game.”
There was no shortage of scoring opportunities for the Bears. Most of the second half took place in their half of the field. Coach Mike Goodall said Carencro played better than the last time they played the Patriots, but in order to win games, his team must find ways to score goals.
“We just struggled finishing today,” Goodall said. “We missed a lot of opportunities in front of the goal. We just need to finish. It’s not like we didn’t have opportunities. We just need to finish.
“We’re a mixed bag of kids, and we’re playing a completely different system than they’re used to. We just have to finish when we have the chances.”
Patin said he was proud of his team’s defense, especially on Carencro midfielder Brent Guilbeau.
“Defense had to be strong because they were so strong,” Patin said. They kept pushing (Guilbeau) through the gut. When you play him, you can’t let him run free. He’s going to make it count. He really did shine for them, and (North Vermilion defender) Conner Dupuis contained him. He could have pushed us back into the net, which is where we did not want to be.”