A very young and inexperienced Greenville Lions team dropped its opener in the Lions’ soccer tournament on Thursday night at T.A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium.
Seagoville’s Carlos Carcamo scored on a penalty kick to give the Dragons a 1-0 victory over the Lions.
“Every game we’re improving,” said Lions coach Chuck Malmros. “We’ve got a lot of young players. Basically everybody on the field hasn’t played varsity.”
The Lions lost nearly every player off last year’s 15-8 playoff team to graduation, including one of the program’s all-time leading scorers Ian Miller, who scored 30 goals last season, plus their second-leading scorer Kevin Zavala (11 goals) and their assist leader Payton Franklin (17), who is now playing soccer at Dallas Baptist.
“It’s a total rebuilding,” said Malmros, who noted that four of the Lions didn’t even play soccer last season.
Malmros said the Lions played hard against Seagoville.
“We play hard,” he said.
The 0-5 Lions also lost their second match of the tournament on Friday morning, 2-1 to Tyler Chapel Hill.
The Greenville Lady Lions, who tied Ferris 1-1 in their tournament opener on Thursday morning, dropped their second game to Terrell 5-0 on Thursday night.
“We just didn’t show up,” said Lady Lions coach Shelby Hale. “The effort was low.”
Due to threatening weather conditions nearly half of the scheduled matches of the tournament scheduled for Friday were called off.
The tournament will resume at 8 a.m. on Saturday at Ford Stadium, with five matches planned with 20-minute halves. Then they’ll play the third-place girls match at 2 p.m., followed by the third-place boys, girls championship at 5 and finally the boys championship at 6:30 p.m. The last four matches will play 30-minute halves.
The high temperature on Saturday is expected to be only 44 degrees.