Friday’s match was against Northeast Texas Community College, and the visiting Eagles captured the win 2-0 over the Cougars.
“I thought we played poorly against Northeast Texas Community College on Friday. We gifted them their first goal when we had a poor first touch of the ball by one of our backline players, and they punished us for that mistake in scoring the goal,” said CBC soccer coach Bill Cleavelin.
“On the second goal, they just beat us on a header.”
The score was 0-0 at the half.
“The teams were pretty evenly matched, and most of the game was played in the middle of the field with neither team generating many scoring opportunities. I felt we just were not dangerous enough in the attacking third of the field and never really threatened their goal,” said Cleavelin.
On Saturday, the Cougars squared off against the two-time (2009 and 2010) national champions, the Tyler Junior College Apaches.
The Cougars played evenly with the Apaches through the first 45 minutes, and it was all tied at 1-1 at the end of the first half. Jacob Killi score the CBC goal.
The Apaches forced their way to two more goals over the second half, but the Cougars did not make it easy on the visitors.
“Tyler is a team with more size and talent than our team, but I feel we played extremely well, even though we ended up losing 3-1. We were dangerous at times, and our style and speed of play was better on Saturday,” Cleavelin said.
The Cougars have just four returnees from last year’s playoff team, and Cleavelin hopes the Cougars can make a return trip to the postseason.
“Our team is really young, so it is still a learning process for many of them. They are starting to understand what it takes to be successful at this level, and I believe we will steadily improve as the season progresses,” Cleavelin said.
“It is all about getting to the regional tournament, and I believe we have the talent base to do that.”
The Cougars made a quick trip to Austin on Tuesday to play Concordia University before returning to host Paris College on Saturday. The match with Paris will begin at 1 p.m. at the Beeville Youth Soccer Club fields behind the Boys and Girls Club.