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Day 3 – April 9, 2010

Brookland–Cayce’s Thomas Harris tries to get by Bishop England’s Zachary Epstein.

Brookland–Cayce’s Thomas Harris tries to get by Bishop England’s Zachary Epstein.

It was clear by the frustration in his voice after Friday’s 1–0 loss to Bishop England that Brookland–Cayce head coach Kevin Heise was disappointed at his team’s missed opportunity.

“It’s a tough one to swallow right there. We talked all at halftime how we felt that the first 40 was pretty level, and we had 40 minutes to make something happen. The whole thing at halftime was about how Bishop England wasn’t going to give us anything. They aren’t going to make a silly mistake. We’re going to have to take it. We’re going to have to earn it.”

Frustration may have been the best emotion to have after the first half was played to a 0–0 tie. With a shot at the semifinal round hanging in the balance, the game was up for grabs. Then in the opening minute of the second half, Bishop England intercepted a Brookland– Cayce pass, and it ended with a long shot from Joseph Santos that hit the right post. Brant Morrison was in the right position to put the rebound back for a goal giving the Battling Bishops a 1–0 lead.

Brookland–Cayce’s Taylor Lewis

Brookland–Cayce’s Taylor Lewis

“We have the ball, and we go backwards and put the ball in our third,” Heise said explaining how Bishop England was able to take the lead.

The defense, led by keeper Chris Duzan, kept the team in the game only giving up that one goal.

“What can you say, the kid came up big. He’s been doing that for three years. He’s had a heck of a tournament. I feel bad for Chris. He played his heart out, and our defense played lights out.”

However, as has been the trend throughout the tournament, the defense was unable to get any help from the offense including an entire second half where Brookland– Cayce didn’t get a serious shot on the Bishop England goal.

The loss didn’t net the Bearcats any points and as a result will deny Brookland–Cayce an opportunity to play in the semifinals and a shot at winning the tournament.

“I had everything focused on getting to the semifinal game. We’ll regroup and hopefully learn a lesson from today,” Heise said.

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