Sometimes kissing your sister isn’t such a bad thing. In the case of the West Holmes Knights’ tie with Tri-Valley in boys soccer action on Saturday, Aug. 26, a 1-1 tie was certainly an acceptable outcome for the Knights, who continued to play strong soccer to begin the season.
The Knights were able to hang tough with the Scotties even though West Holmes lost the services of Brady Campbell, who went down with an ankle injury in the latter part of the first half.
However, that didn’t happen until after Campbell had knocked in the equalizer just after the midway point of the first half.
“I’m not sure how bad it is. We’ll have to wait and see,” Zimmerly said of Campbell’s injury. “Obviously he is a big part of this team, so hopefully it isn’t too bad. His injury definitely affected us as far as the flow of the game and in substitutions. We had to do things differently and just kind of survived there at the end as Tri-Valley came after us pretty hard down the stretch.”
The underdog Knights fought valiantly all night long and left Tri-Valley High School with a tie against a team that Zimmerly said is a very talented group.
Zimmerly said play got more and more physical as the game went on, and the players got a little chippy with one another, especially since the Knights defense seemed bent on turning away the Scotties at every turn when they approached the net.
Without the services of Campbell, the Knights were still able to play with the Scotties, although Zimmerly said that by the end of the game it was becoming more evident the Knights were losing steam.
“We wore down. We just wore down,” Zimmerly said. “They were being really direct as the game wore on, and they kept putting a lot of pressure on us by hitting big balls over the top of our defense. For the most part we handled it pretty well. Brenadan Yoder did a good job in goal. I don’t think Tri-Valley was very happy after the game because I don’t think they expected us to play with them as well as we did. That’s a good program.”