Rough weekend for Mustangs on tournament soccer field
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The soccer season got off to a less than stellar start for the Walker Valley Mustangs, as they dropped their first three games in the Cleveland Classic.

On Friday Walker Valley lost 5-1 to Blackman, while on Saturday it lost 4-0 to Knox West and then lost 4-2 against Beech.

The Mustangs were able to get on the board first, with a successful penalty kick by Jake Poulakis.

Unlike their previous games where Walker Valley had strong first halves and second halves that seemingly dematerialized, Saturday evening’s match against the Buccaneers showed promise for the transitioning team.

A serve by Jake Vincent led to a diving header from Taylor Jenkins which put another point up on the scoreboard for the Mustangs.

During the final 40 minutes, there was much back-and-forth play between the two teams, with Walker Valley holding its own for the majority of the half.

The 2-0 lead diminished in the final 11 minutes of play, as Beech was able to tie up the game at 2-2.

Despite Walker Valley goaltender John Hayes’ best attempts, the Buccaneers managed to get two more goals before the final whistle.

“Overall I’m please with our play this weekend. There’s lots of positives to build on and I saw great play from numerous players like Brayton Bird, Blayne Carroll, Jake Vincent, Noah Robinson, John Hayes, and Jolen West,” head coach Tom Bayliss said. “Our returners and freshmen are connecting well.”

The Mustangs racked up four yellow cards while Beech had three yellow cards and a red card.

Walker Valley’s first district game will be on Thursday at 6 p.m. when Rhea County comes to town.

SUMMARY

BEECH 4

WALKER VALLEY 2

Halftime score: 1-1

Goals: Walker Valley: Jake Poulakis, Jake Vincent

Assists: Taylor Jenkins

Record: Walker Valley 0-3