High school soccer teams have been practicing for weeks, conditioning, team-building, playing scrimmages and such along the way.
The regular season officially started on Saturday, Aug. 16, and a few Madison County squads took advantage opening the 2014 season.
In the game of soccer, one mistake can be the difference between winning and losing.
The Red Raiders (0-1-0) did just that in their opener at Urbana on Saturday and suffered the consequences.
London committed a turnover in its own end and the Indians capitalized with the game’s only goal in a tough 1-0 defeat.
“Urbana scored off of a defensive mistake (bad touch) in our goal box,” Red Raiders coach Dan Karl said. “An Urbana kid got the ball and scored lower corner.
“Other than the mistake we played well defensively. We had trouble finding our offense going forward from the back. We did have quite a few opportunities that either went wide or were saved by Urbana keeper. We had a lot of opportunities on long throw ins and just couldn’t capitalize.”
London got a strong eight-save performance from Ambrose Rodriguez in goal.
West Jefferson 7,
The Roughriders (1-0-0) opened the 2014 with a satisying non-league win over visiting Southeastern on Saturday.
The West Jefferson goals were scored by Connor Shields (three), Damir Pereira (two) and Matthew Stultz (two).
West Jeff got assists from Cody Dingess (three), Michael Hutchinson, Thomas Farbacher and Shields. Ross Hall had 14 saves in goal.
West Jefferson 10,
The Lady Roughriders (1-0-0) got off to a flying start, picking up a non-league road victory on Saturday to open the season.
Sydney Gaus and Hunter Stull each scored three goals in the win. Claire Sterling added a pair of her own, while Zoie Fisher and freshman Hope Lewis also found the back of the net.
West Jeff keepers Ashtyn Webb and Lindsey Bidwell both had saves in goal.
Chris Miles can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.