Moore Haven soccer continues to fight to win

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Felipe Morales addresses his team after the loss to Okeechobee on Jan. 4.

MOORE HAVEN – The Terriers boys’ soccer team has only one win so far this year but has not given up as they continue to work hard and improve on a daily basis.

The Terriers travelled to Okeechobee on Wednesday, Jan. 5, and put a scare into the unbeaten Brahman junior varsity squad, before losing 3-2.

Delfino Mayorga scored two goals for the Terriers who took a 2-0 lead early in the second half but couldn’t hold on.

Coach Felipe Morales said the Christmas layoff had something to do with the loss.

“I feel like we did well. We were just out of shape. We can’t make excuses, we had the game in our hands and we just let it go.”

The Terriers played well in the first half defensively. Goal keeper Alex Aranda had nine saves and provided great leadership on the field.

Coach Morales said the senior has been a great part of the program.

“He does what he does. I ask him to give me 100 percent on the field and that is what he gives me,” he noted.

Okeechobee kept Aranda busy in the first half. Several shots went wide of the net while two went over the net.

Sebastian Chavez scored two goals in the second half and Antonio Vega scored the winning goal for Okeechobee, (9-0).

Morales said it looked like his team was a bit slower in the second half and he attributed that to being out of shape from the two week Christmas layoff.

Moore Haven defeated First Baptist early in the season and have had several close loses this year.

Morales said he feels the team has improved, “We are playing more as a team. We are a very young team and we will get there. Maybe next year we will do better.”

Morales also praised Mayorga who has been a leader on offense this year. “He’s very athletic and I’m proud of the way he has improved. He has picked it up with every step this year.”

Morales said the team will continue to work on conditioning. He said several times this year the team has faded in the final 20 minutes and won’t be able to take the next step forward until they finish games.

“We hope to get more victories and we are working on conditioning and drills. I’m proud of the way these guys worked tonight.”

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