Young Broncos drop season opener 4-1 to veteran Idaho Falls squad
IDAHO FALLS — Heading into Saturday's season opener Blackfoot boys head soccer coach Liam Pope knew his young squad was going to suffer some early season going pains.
After losing 13 of the 16 players on the 2013 varsity roster Pope and the young Broncos took to the field of the Idaho Falls Soccer Complex to take on a veteran Idaho Falls team on a cold and rainy morning.
Things did not start well for the Broncos as most of the opening 20 minutes was pent in the Broncos end as the aggressive and upperclassmen laden Tigers squad put the pressure on.
A penalty on the Broncos gave the Tigers a free kick with 20 yards of the goal in the second minute, but the Broncos were able to dodge the bullet.
In the 10th minute the Broncos would not be so lucky. A shot by the Tigers Jacob Gravelle was touched by the hand of a Broncos player earning the Tigers a penalty kick.
Gravelle capitalized on the penalty kick to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Josh Corse added a second Tigers goal just prior to halftime as Idaho Falls controlled much of the first half for a 2-0 halftime lead.
"We got outmuscled and we knew that," Pope said. "We are a team with a lot of youngsters on it so it was not unexpected to be outmuscled. I saw a lot of good things out there today, there were a lot of positives."
In the second half the Broncos began to put a little pressure on the Tigers as the young Broncos gave the Tigers a bit of their own medicine with the physical play.
"I really liked that we gave them a little of their own medicine in the second half as our youngsters finally woke up a little bit, I really liked that," Pope said.
The Tigers Gravelle added his second goal of the game early in the second half to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead.
With 10 minutes remaining in the game the Broncos finally got their first goal of the season when an Andres Godinez cross found a streaking Jordan Garcia who immediately took a shot, the rebound bounced back to Garcia and he put the ball in the net.
The Tigers added another late penalty kick in the final minute to earn the 4-1 win.
"The game went exactly like I thought it would," Pope said. "We did a lot of good things against a very good team. I thought we deserved the goal we got, the boys were working very hard and were bale to make something happen."
The Broncos host Bonneville Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.