Mountaineers’ first-half goal provides the different vs. Hornets

CABOT — The Bryant Hornets played the Rogers Mountaineers toe-to-toe in the first round of the Class 7A State boys soccer tournament on Thursday. Rogers managed a goal with 15 minutes left in the first half and made it stand up, however. The 1-0 defeat ended a star-crossed season for the Hornets.

“I thought we played well,” said Bryant coach Jason Hay. “We had our chances. We just didn’t capitalize.

“Rogers got their one then just started trying to possess it, kind of playing their game,” he noted. “It’s hard to get behind a team like Rogers, which possesses the ball so well. When they get a goal, they’re going to sit back a little bit more and pass it around.”

The Hornets had several shots on goal.

“It wasn’t like 20 or anything,” Hay mentioned. “But we had some good opportunities on some set pieces. We just didn’t capitalize.

“Our keeper and our defense had a really good game,” he added.

In conclusion, the coach said, “It’s hard for our seniors but I’m proud of the effort we gave. “It was a good season. Only one team in 7A is going to go out without losing at the end. Unfortunately, it wasn’t us.”

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