And he was right. Still, Bayliss was pleased the Mustangs hung in to score two late goals instead of folding their tents in the 6-2 loss to the Cherokees.
"I'm glad we came back and got a couple of goals at the end. We looked better. We could have easily folded and we didn't. I really appreciated that from the guys. I'd like for us to maybe start that way a little bit," said Bayliss.
Bayliss was hoping for something more like the Monday start by Walker Valley at Soddy-Daisy, but with finishing touches added.
"The first 15 minutes we had opportunity after opportunity and couldn't get one. Unfortunately they (Soddy-Daisy) had the same opportunities, but they put it in," said the Mustangs coach.
The Cherokees found the nylons four times in the first half and again early in the second, prompting Bayliss to make some lineup changes for the second 40 minutes.
The decision paid off for the Mustangs late in the game when Taylor Jenkins found the right corner of the goal on a crossing shot with an assist from Brayton Bird in the 68th minute.
The duo hooked up one more time in the 73rd minute, with Jenkins taking another assist from Bird and lifting a shot over the McMinn keeper.
But it was too little, too late for the Mustangs. McMinn added a final goal before the whistle to make it a 6-2 game.
"McMinn was five goals up at that time so it was a little easy for them to relax a little bit and we caught them off guard. But, I appreciate the guys working to the end," said Bayliss of the late game effort.