The Thomson boys soccer team dropped a scrimmage to Toombs County on Friday, 3-0, in a game played at The Brickyard.
“We looked good,” head coach Zack Tucker said after the game. “We lost last year’s preseason game by a score of 10-0, so we’re light years ahead of where we were last year at this time.”
Toombs County got on the board in the first 10 minutes of the game off a Thomson misplay, when Ricky Martinez shanked the ball into the Thomson net while defending the goal.
“Ricky just got an awkward swing at the ball, and it shanked off his foot and into the net where our goalie couldn’t get to it,” Tucker said.
“Something like that happens once every season. Hopefully we got it out of the way early this year.”
The misplay was the only score in the first half, and the score stood in Toombs County’s favor 1-0 at the half.
“We’re pleased with the effort so far,” assistant coach Brad Adams told the team during the halftime break.
Thomson continued to hold the score close for the first 15 minutes of the second half, but Toombs County scored with 24:27 left in the game to put the score at 2-0. Another Toombs County goal with 15:09 remaining in the game put the score at 3-0.
Despite aggressive play and several shots on goal, Thomson was unable to get the ball into the net in the time remaining, and the score stood in Toombs County’s favor 3-0 at the end of play.
“We’ve got to clean some things up and be consistent,” Tucker said after the game. “We saw some flashes of what we want to see. We’ve got to be able to get the offense going, that was definitely slow tonight.
“We kept trying to do too much by ourselves instead of passing the ball. We needed to go wide, and instead kept going up the middle.
“But we’ll clean that up, that’s not a problem.”
Thomson began its regular season Wednesday away at Morgan County.
Their first home game is Feb. 28, at The Brickyard. Game time is 7 p.m.
“I’ve been told we’ll play our home games here at The Brickyard until construction begins again, which should be sometime in March,” Tucker said.