The Corbin Redhounds continue to impress on the soccer field, this time traveling to Richmond and knocking off the Madison Central Indians in a 1-0 nailbiter.
With just two losses on the year, the Redhounds have picked up all eight of their wins when they hold the opponent scoreless, winning those eight games by a combined score of 28-0. Not only was the win another strong defensive performance, but it served as Corbin’s fourth win in the last five contests.
Coach Armondo Cima said he did not think his team had their best game of the year, but the win proved the talent of the individuals on the team, that they can not play their best and still pick up a win over a formidable opponent.
“We’re happy with the win, for sure. It was not our best effort. We did not play a complete game, but there was a lot of individual effort and highlights,” said Cima. “We really have to step out against bigger schools who may have a history of good soccer and not just win, but be comfortable in playing. We never seemed comfortable tonight. These boys can play at that level and have played at that level. We just need the confidence.”
Corbin looked strong coming out of the gate on Thursday. Their lone score of the night came around the 12-minute mark when senior Cade Moore picked up a corner kick, and was able to knock one through to give his team an early lead they did not relinquish. Cima said he was happy with the way his team was able to secure the win, after having to go the majority of the game with just a one-goal lead.
“We had an outstanding night from our goalkeeper (Joseph Westphal). He stopped a PK (penalty kick) and had a few good saves for us throughout the game,” Cima said. “The pressure builds up as the game goes on. We had a few opportunities in the second half, but they had more clear cut chances. We weren’t doing a lot of things well, but we were still able to win. That, in and of itself, should give our guys the confidence they need.”
With just around three weeks left before postseason play begins, Cima is happy with his team so far this season, but said the one thing he would like to see his team improve is the way they view themselves and their opponents.
“We’re young. Youth is part of it. We still get anxious and we need to be able to step back and realize that we can play with the teams we face. They’re not bigger than us, not faster than us, and not better than us,” said Cima. “It takes a number of times of being in that situation before it gets easier. We have to learn to be more composed and less anxious.”
With the win, Corbin improves to 8-2-1 on the year. They will return to action on Monday, playing host to Model.