The Greenbrier East Spartans boys soccer team were ranked in the top 10 in the nation just a few weeks ago, but since that time they have been a little more up and down and have suffered a couple of losses in the process.
They were defeated by Robert C. Byrd 2-1, and also by Oak Hill by the exact same score.
The Spartans are now 9-2-1 on the year, but are still ranked in the top 10 in the state.
Adam Seams and Landry Rose are still leading the way in goals scored since the last update. They both have scored 13 times with Seams also leading the squad in assists with 10.
Head coach Lucas Lemine still believes in his team, but thinks they may have gotten too complacent and read too many press clippings over the past couple weeks.
“It’s been a rough couple weeks. The first two losses are under their belt and I think they have gotten some very harsh realizations. One, we aren’t perfect, and two, our skill is only going to take us so far. In our two losses it’s been a mutual agreement between our coaches and players that the level of effort wasn’t where it should have been,” Lemine said.
Lemine is now dealing with not only the play on the field, but also the Covid metric map. East had two games canceled this past weekend due to the new map, but have been able to reschedule. They now have two games left to finish the year; Bluefield last night, and University on Saturday, October 17.
“A busy and challenging week,” a tired Lemine stated.
The players have also been busy. Apparently they held a players only meeting this past weekend to try and iron out some of their recent problems, and to see how they can get back to the flawless play of the first part of the season.
“I’ve heard it went well, but I’m sure I will get some feedback from our captain,” Lemine said.
Lemine feels confident his team can get back on the right track and cites the difficult schedule his team has played.
“We know what we have to do to be successful. We haven’t played any teams this year who are bad. We need to continue to practice well, be humble, but also be hungry for success,” Lemine concluded.
Recaps and more reaction from the Spartans soccer season will be made available next week.