The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Soccer: ‘Dogs put up tough fight at Highland

  • Harrisburg falls 5-2 in first game at Metro East Lutheran Tournament
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  • The Harrisburg High School boys’ soccer team started the season off on the wrong side of the column, falling 5-2 to Highland at the Metro East Lutheran Tournament Monday night.
    Highland scored early and often, taking a 4-0 lead before Harrisburg’s Anfernee Houston found the back of the net late in the first half off the assist from Brandon Duffield.
    Highland came back in the second half, tacking on another goal, while the Bulldogs’ only other goal in the game came from Sam Rodgers.
    On the night, Harrisburg had three shots on goal with Houston finishing with three. James Curtis, Carver Gregg and Rodgers all finished with two.
    Cowsert saved seven picking up the loss in goal for Harrisburg.
    Harrisburg head coach Mike Stewart said that his squad started the first half strong, moving the ball well, but the heat and humidity took its toll.
    “To play a team from the Metro-East area, like Highland, your first game and play as well as we did was very pleasing,” Stewart said. “We had some mistakes, but overall, I am proud of the way our guys played tonight.”
    Stewart added that the Bulldog defense had their work cut out for them Monday.
    “We made some adjustments, but we just couldn’t find the sweet spot,” Stewart said. “We know what we need to work on and where we need to go.”
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