After a lengthy Christmas break, Manchester Academy’s soccer team returned to action in a 3-1 loss to Adams County Christian School on Monday.
Manchester Academy head soccer coach Phillip Buffington thought the game was a series of missed opportunities.
“They played pretty well,” Buffington said. “We missed a bunch of opportunities that could have made it a different game all throughout.”
The Rebels got on the board first with a goal in the first half.
Buffington believes that his team could have had a lead at the half if some of their chances went in.
“They were up 1-0 at the half, and we had 3-4 opportunities that could have gone in,” Buffington said.
In the second half, Adams County hit back-to-back goals to take a 3-0 lead.
With little time remaining, Manchester’s Harper Guthrie took the goose egg off of the Mavs’ side of the scoreboard with a goal, making the game 3-1, which proved to be the final score.
Buffington again thought his team had opportunities in the second half.
“We had another 2-3 opportunities in the second half before we finally put one in,” Buffington said.
Although the Mavs had favorable circumstances for more goals, they were unsuccessful, a problem that Buffington does not believe is an easy fix.
“There’s not really a way to remedy it,” Buffington said. “Even with the amount of reps we get in practice with finishing on the goal, it’s hard to replicate what will exactly happen in a game.”
Manchester returns to the soccer field today at Jackson Prep.
Kick-off is set for 11 a.m.