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Grant County boys’ soccer coach Dempsey Schlueter has been preaching to his team that to have success, they will have to step up their intensity.
Against Bishop Brossart on Oct. 1, he saw them play with more passion, but the Braves fell 1-0.
“We came out and competed,” Schlueter said. “We showed a lot of intensity against Bishop Brossart, but we have a lot left in us. We didn’t bring our best game, but we showed we can compete with a quality team and give ourselves a chance to win.”
Grant County fell behind by a goal midway through the first half after a free kick. The Braves were able to stop Bishop Brossart’s first attempt, but gave up a goal on a rebound. Bishop Brossart possessed the ball for a majority of the game.
“We should have played the man instead of the ball,” senior Phillip Clough said. “We know we need to improve possessing the ball better and playing towards open space. They were solid, but we still played great defense.”
“When you’re facing a team that possesses the ball as well as they do, we knew we would be playing a lot of defense,” Schlueter said. “We did a better job of stepping to the ball, but when we didn’t, we gave them some decent shots. This is a great team to expose us before the district tournament.”
The Braves are using this game as a learning experience with two games left before the district tournament Oct. 12. The Braves play Mason County in Pendleton County.
“Everyone is at the top of their game at the end of the season and this makes us pick up our intensity level before the district tournament,” Schlueter said. “We’re getting to what we’re capable of and when we get there, we’ll be a team that can do some damage.”
The Braves will honor their seniors on senior night at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Grant County Middle School.