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BOYS SOCCER: An inexperienced Cougar squad shows marked improvement in their second outing of the season

The Canby High boys soccer team delivered a much better second effort Monday afternoon, March 8, falling to Newberg by a 2-0 count.

The Cougars opened the season with a 7-0 loss to Gresham in its season-opener on March 3, which saw 16 players get their first varsity minutes. That experience proved valuable when they stepped on the pitch Monday.

Canby was down 1-0 at halftime, then gave up a quick goal to the start the second half, but buttoned the Newberg offense up the rest of the way.

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"Newberg had the better game in the first half, but I think we were the better side in the second half," said head coach Ryan McCormack. "Our young team is learning more and more every game."

McCormack pointed to the play of Kody Giger on defense as a bright spot, noting that he "made a couple goal-saving plays in only his second varsity game. Vladimir Bernal and Heladio Vera also played well in midfield, creating chances for us and holding a large portion of the possession in the second half."

McCormack said there is excitement about the potential of this inexperienced team as they continue working and growing as a group. They next take the field on Wednesday when Tigard pays a call.

"The majority of this team is going to be together for two or three years and we're already seeing they can be competitive as a unit at a young age, so we're excited for the future."

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