The Decatur Eagles pressed to get shots on goal against the Wichita Falls Hirschi Huskies Friday.
But the offensive strategy left the Eagles vulnerable to quick counterattacks that led to a pair of Hirschi goals in the second half of their 4-2 victory at Eagle Stadium.Hirschi’s Huy Tran scored the second of his two goals in the 48th minute. Jimmy Dubon added a goal in the 64th minute, giving the Huskies their final two-goal edge.
Both Tran’s and Dubon’s goals came within 30 seconds of the Eagles putting forth an offensive attack.
“We felt we had to put pressure on them, and that left us open defensively,” said Decatur coach Nick Stokes. “Their counterattack got us. But we had to take chances.”
Decatur had lost to Hirschi 8-0 earlier this season in Wichita Falls.
“We’re getting better,” said Decatur’s Devon Willis. “We’re a new team from last year with all the freshmen. We’re getting better as the season goes along.”
Decatur took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal from Harry Boatman.
The lead didn’t last long as Hirschi answered within a minute.
Hirschi would add another goal in the first half to take a 2-1 halftime lead.
Decatur had a chance to add a second goal in the first half, but couldn’t connect on a penalty kick.
Decatur had trouble getting anything past the Hirschi keeper, who turned aside five shots in the second half.
“Their keeper does a good job, but we had our chances,” Stokes said.
In the 56th minute, Willis took advantage of one of the Eagles’ chances, punching a penalty kick to the high-left corner of the goal to make it a one-goal game at 3-2.
“Devon and Miguel Ortiz did a good job up top,” their coach said. “Taylor Spence was the best player on the field.”