Eagles soccer wins over Cocke County
The Seymour Eagles soccer team may have looked dominant to a casual observer during Friday night’s 4-1 dismantling of visiting Cocke County, but to coach Drew Payne, there was plenty of room for improvement.
“If I’m being honest, I’m not going to have a whole lot of positives to say,” the coach said. “We got a 4-1 win in the first district game, and, yeah, there are some positives to take from it.
“We scored four really nice goals, and all four of the goals came off exact pattern plays that we worked on yesterday at practice. So the fact that we worked on something one day at practice and it comes through to a T is awesome,” Payne said.
One bright spot was Fredrik Bergman, who netted a hat trick for the Eagles squad.
“What we did to create in the attacking third was nice,” Payne said. “We played well doing that, but the rest of it — the back third, the middle third and possessing, it was awful.”
Bergman scored two goals in the first half, and along with a goal from Austin Oglesby, the Eagles led 3-0 at the break.
But in the second half, things weren’t as crisp for the Seymour squad.
“If you came out to watch us Tuesday night (in a 5-1 win over Kingston) we looked like the Spanish National Team,” Payne said. “Kingston wasn’t really pressuring us that much, and then Cocke County comes out and was pressuring us all over the place, and it’s like we don’t even know how to handle it.”
That resulted in the Fighting Cocks cutting the lead to 3-1 with a early second-half goal.
Though the Eagles’ lead was never really threatened, and Bergman pushed the lead to 4-1 with his third goal, the coach wasn’t too pleased.
“We’re going to have a lot of coaching points to go back on the film and watch,” he said. “We’ve got to find some consistency. We’ll get there I think. I hope.” Jake McBrayer earned a pair of assists in the game for the Eagles, while Oglesby and Quinton Moore also notched assists.