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HS girls' soccer starts Far East pool play with one win and one loss

The high school girls' soccer team won once and lost once on Day 1 of its Far East Tournament at Misawa Air Base. The Knights lost to Zama 3-0 and then defeated Daegu 2-0 in Wednesday's pool play.

Here were coach Charles Smoker's thoughts from the team's games on Wednesday:

"We outplayed Zama most of the first 20 minutes and had some chances to score early on, but we couldn't capitalize. We started to slow down after the first 20 mins and Zama kept pressing us. We kept Zama contained until the last three minutes of the first half and didn't man up on defense well enough to cover, and Zama struck first.

We recovered well and came out in attack mode in the second half only to have a hand ball called on us in the penalty box, which led to a penalty kick score by Zama. After that, we had to put numbers up the field and take some risks, and that meant only three defenders back. Zama scored once more to ice the game 3-0.

Zama is a good enough team that if you make mistakes against them, they will make you pay…which they did. We're pulling together as a team and making a lot of progress, so there is hope for this tournament for us to win!

Our second was against Daegu. We came out in attack mode again, and it paid off as Rachel made a nice cross to Kaitlyn. We kept it in attack gear, but we couldn't capitalize again until the second half when Rachel broke through and scored to take the wind out of Daegu's sails and seal the win for us.

This team is resilient, tough and able to stick together through thick and thin. Go CAJ girls! 'Doxa' means glory to God through our soccer play, win or lose."

The Knights will continue pool play with matches against E.J. King at 10:30 a.m. and then M.C. Perry at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday.

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