Boys Varsity Soccer · Derby drops Semifinal Game

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Coming out with loads of energy in the first few minutes of a big game is crucial to being able to control the pace and flow of the match. One team did that tonight, but unfortunately it was Olathe East and not Derby. While Derby did control possession through most of the game, the style of Olathe East was able to constantly trap Derby in their defensive third. The Panthers were just not able to get out of the back and as a result gave up two goals in quick succession midway through the half. Derby was able to keep the rest of the half from getting out of hand and had a couple good looks at goal, but had a large task ahead of them.
The second half was way better from an energy standpoint but the Panthers were just not as creative in the final third. As the Panthers kept the attack going, Olathe East would clear and counter and Derby would have to start the process all over again. Derby gave up one goal late but the game was pretty much over at that point.
Derby (15-5) gets one more game when they play Shawnee Mission East in the third place game at noon on Saturday.