Outlaws beat Newport in soccer pitch
Last updated 10/26/2021 at Noon
The Outlaws soccer squad earned a 2-1 win at Newport on Tuesday, October 19.
The Outlaws traveled to Newport for a rematch with the Cubs. Earlier in the season, at home, the Outlaws walked off the field in a disappointing 1-1 tie. This time around they were determined to post a
From the opening whistle, the Outlaws established the tempo of the game, possessed the ball, and had several chances to score early in the contest. At the eight-minute mark the ball was booted to Ricky Huffman in a breakaway. Huffman out-hustled his defenders and got the Outlaws on the scoreboard.
Newport then gained momentum. Their speedy outside midfielder pressed forward and Noah Pittman had his hands full on defense. Coach Jeff Husmann noted that Pittman plays with passion and has learned to channel his energy, which showed in the game.
At the half the Outlaws held a 1-0 lead.
The Outlaws’ fitness and speed were an advantage in the second half, and they set the tone and tempo early. They’ve been working at high- pressing defenses and in the 59th minute that work came to fruition. Huffman and Tate Kaczmarek pressed Newport, and they panicked. The Cubs made an error and cleared the ball to Aidan Eckert’s foot. Eckert made a crafty move into a small space and then slotted the ball into the back of the net for the Outlaws’ second goal.
The remainder of the game was a bit disjointed as there was lots of play stoppage and injury time, which prevented both teams from finding a rhythm.
With less than seven minutes left on the clock, the Cubs managed to score a goal. Sisters finished the contest with control and possession of the ball.
“I was proud of how our guys prepared themselves physically and mentally for this game,” said Coach Husmann. “I am also proud how our players trust in each other and their coaches. We shift our tactics depending on our opponent and the guys understand what we are trying to accomplish.”