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Cougars could not recover from 'silly mistakes' in home loss to Wilson Thursday

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Sergio Rodriguez fights for possession Thursday night against Wilson.

Canby coach Ryan McCormack liked what he saw in the first 10 minutes as the Cougars mostly controlled the possession.

But Wilson then scored on a Canby mistake in the back and the Cougars never recovered, falling 5-0 at home Thursday night to open the 2019 season.

"The first goal happens on a silly mistake and then it's mental collapse," McCormack said. "It's hard to go from having losing seasons like we've had the last couple of years and get to that point where the first goal goes in and you don't immediately think, here we go again."

The Cougars were 4-21-3 over the previous two seasons.

"Until we step up as a unit when an adverse situation happens like a goal against, then we're not going to be able to respond in those situations," McCormack said.

The Trojans, who play in the Portland Interscholastic League, led 2-0 at intermission and then added a third goal less than a minute into the second half.

"It was all silly mistakes," McCormack said. "The confidence just isn't there yet. They're still getting used to me. We're trying to trust each other with all the new players integrated into the squad. It's just a learning process."

Wilson added two more goals in the next 20 minutes.

"It's just a matter of 11 playing as a unit," McCormack said. "We had five or six playing as a unit today. We need all 11. Once we get that, we'll be fine. But it takes awhile to build that in terms of their trust in one another and trusting the system that we're trying to put in, because it's different. We'll get there."

Canby's next game is Thursday, Sept. 12 at McNary.

"We'll grow from it, we'll learn and go on to the next one," McCormack said. "I told them to shake it off, throw it in the trash and not think about it anymore."

Derek Wiley
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