Highlanders Drop Close One to Washington

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(ISN) – A young Highlanders defensive line paid the price in a 1-0 loss to Washington State’s Crossfire team in a contest between a pair closely matched teams Monday evening in Redmond.

“We had a difficult first half, with some individual errors in the back 4, and also a shape problem with our midfield sitting too deep,” explained Coach Ian Bridge. “During the second half, we managed to get our problems sorted out, and we created some big goal chances.

Crossfire defender Nick James pounced on a loose ball in front of Highlanders keeper Elliot Mitrou and scored at the 29th minute off a corner kick for the only goal of the game

“We are improving every game, but we need more games together, where we can get more used to each other,” said Mitrou. “While we have a good mix of young players like Kalem Scott, Ryan Ashlee and Andrew Ravenhill, along with experienced campaigners like defensive anchor Tyler Hughes and Liam Davis, we haven’t had the same back four together for any of our 4 games to date.”

The next home game for the Men’s side takes place 4pm on Sun, May 27th at Royal Athletic Park.

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