Cyclone offensive woes continue in 3-0 loss at Denison
DENISON (April 22) -- The Harlan Community boys soccer team continued to struggle for offense Monday night in a 3-0 loss to a skilled, fast and deep Denison-Schleswig squad.
The Monarchs led just 1-0 at halftime before taking control with two goals in the first 12 and a half minutes of the second half, improving to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the Hawkeye Ten Conference.
HCHS, which started 2-0 after outscoring Treynor and Lewis Central by a combined 8-1, dropped to 4-6 overall and 2-1 in conference play. The Cyclones have now scored one goal or fewer in seven of their last eight games, including four straight without a regulation goal.
Injuries and a tough schedule have certainly played a role in the team’s recent slide, and HCHS head coach Dave Voge mentioned Denison’s depth as a factor in Monday’s outcome. According to Voge, the Monarchs have close to 75 players on their high school roster.
“They’re an excellent team... They don’t really drop off a lot when they put in their subs. A lot of their players are good,” Voge said. “It’s not really an excuse, but we did lose a lot of senior leadership last year. I love the seniors that are on the team this year, but our bench just isn’t as deep as it has been in the past, so that’s the difference.”
Denison scored its first goal in the 13th minute on a scramble in the 18-yard box when Cesar Rodriguez fed a short pass to Elijah Rangel, who shot the ball past HCHS goalie Konner Leinen.
The score stayed at 1-0 until 35:23 left in the match, when Rene Bernal launched a long shot that deflected perfectly off the right post and into the net. About eight minutes later, Gerardo Zaragoza’s breakaway goal past a charging Leinen capped the scoring.
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