The Delta High School Panthers continue to rebuild their team, and suffered another loss during this week’s play.
On Sept. 7, the Panthers played Crested Butte’s Titans and lost 8-0. This brings the team to 0-5, overall.
“Our game against Crested Butte was a great experience for our younger players,” said coach Elaine Wood. “They got to see an extremely skilled team (two time 2A State Champions) (that) moves the ball in all situations.”
Unfortunately, the team suffered some injuries that caused the Panthers to end up with only 10 players on the field instead of 11 players. However, according to the coach, the team implemented what they had been working on and it took the first half to make it work.
The Panther team came out strong in the second half, holding the Titans to one goal. That goal was an accidental goal by the Panthers or what they call an “own goal,” Wood added.
There are three players who stepped up to be the goalkeepers and those players are: Kyler Parker, Corbin Loucks, and Mark Downey. Each one of these players takes away a skilled field player, but the team does not have one designated player as the keeper this year.
Four players that Wood highlighted for this game are: Nathan Black, Cha Pa, James LaBounty, and Nay Soe.
“These kids are playing the whole game every game,” she said. “They never give up no matter the pressure. A coach couldn’t ask for more from these players.”
The team travels to Rifle this Saturday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m.