After a pair of strong matches against Peru and Eastern, the Mississinewa Indians’ win streak came to an end on Wednesday night, as they were defeated by the Muncie Central Bearcats 2-1.
While the Mississinewa defenders continued to play well, their offensive players did not work with one another, relying on their individual skills rather than on their teammates. Because of this, the Indians’ offense never found their rhythm, which proved costly.
“We tried to play too much individual soccer,” Mississinewa Head Coach Jared Reel said. “For some reason we were trying to make a highlight reel with all our fancy tricks. We made a video but it was more of a blooper reel. The defense played well but midfield and forwards just didn’t play well offensively or defensively.”
Thomas Steelman scored the Indians’ lone goal, while Holden Brown recorded the assist.
“We have to stick with simple basic soccer,” Reel said. “We have a long way to go technically as players. Our passing and touch is just not at a varsity level. So we have to stick with basic fundamental soccer if we want to maintain the strides we have made.”