Bluejays football team loses 2-0 to Riverland – The Globe
AUSTIN — In a close game, the Minnesota West men’s soccer team lost 2-0 on the road to Riverland Community College on Wednesday.
“The game was pretty competitive early on,” West head coach Jordan Balster said. “Riverland managed to drive the ball forward and create chances but our defense was solid and we kept it scoreless until later in the first half. At half time we were down 0 -1. Riverland scored their second goal 12 minutes from the end of the game.”
Minnesota West’s goal, Balster said, was to work to move the ball forward and create their own opportunities. The Bluejays managed to close with a few free kicks and corners but still failed to convert.
Ulises Barrera put in a shot on goal with a free kick, but the Riverland keeper made the save. Guilherme Castro attempted a long-range shot that drifted wide late in the game. Meanwhile, Angel Flores made some big saves to keep the game close.
Minnesota West’s next game is Sept. 14 at Anoka-Ramsey at 4 p.m.
Balster said that despite Wednesday’s loss, his players had improved their communication. The team continues to improve their communication skills while working on combinations and other tactics to increase the chances of scoring.