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Cogs lack aggression in conference loss

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Kyle Bursaw – kbursaw@shawmedia.com Harvard’s Isaih Soils heads a ball over Genoa-Kingston’s Cris Camargo (14) during the first half of Monday’s game in Genoa. The Cogs lost, 1-0.

GENOA – Genoa-Kingston boys soccer coach Randy Tate just thought his team wasn’t aggressive enough.

Senior Devon Tijerina echoed that sentiment after Monday’s 1-0 loss to Harvard.

The Cogs played the Hornets, who came into Monday’s match at G-K unbeaten in Big Northern East play, tough for 80 minutes. The problem was the Cogs just couldn’t find a way to put a shot past Hornets goalkeeper Jose Ortiz.

“Like I told the kids, I said. ‘I don’t think we played that bad of a game,’ ” Tate said. “I don’t think we were the aggressor. I think we stood back and let them take the game to us, and then we made one mistake, and in a close game one mistake is the difference.”

The mistake came when Tate’s defense couldn’t clear the ball before Harvard (10-4-2, 4-0-2 BNC East) sophomore midfielder Jerry Martinez put a shot in with 28:35 left in the first half.

Monday was the Cogs’ senior night, and Tate didn’t expect his team to be quite as passive with five seniors playing their final game at home. He said he’s been preaching aggressiveness the past two weeks.

“I don’t know what it’s going to take,” Tate said. “I really don’t know. If I had the answer, we’d be playing differently.”

G-K (10-5, 4-4) had some key chances in the second half, including a Cris Camargo shot right over the crossbar and a header by Camargo that nearly went past Ortiz.

Tijerina said he thought the Cogs stayed back and played too much defense instead of working the ball up the field for more shots.

“Everyone just likes playing defense more,” Tijerina said. “We just don’t play the ball enough through the midfield. It’s something we’ve got to work on through the season as we play out the rest of it.”

With G-K having the wind in the second half, Harvard coach David Abel said his team just played with more discipline as the match went on, part of the reason the Hornets were able to stay unbeaten in conference play.

“I had to talk to a couple of the players. I thought that we didn’t do a good job (with) discipline and then with communication,” Abel said. “With communication you can solve a lot of those problems, and I thought we did a little better ... in the second half.”

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