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Despite the more lopsided loss to Tualatin Thursday, the coach says there were more positives in that one

While the Canby boys soccer team suffered two losses this week, head coach Ryan McCormack called the closer score a rougher outing than the 9-2 loss they obsorbed Wednesday against Tualatin.

"Even though the score was better (a 3-0 loss to Lakeridge), it was a rougher game than last night's in a lot of ways," McCormack said. "We didn't show up with the right mindset and as a result were on our heels most of the game."

COURTESY PHOTO: RYAN MCCORMACK - A young Canby boys soccer team is taking its lumps, but the experience will prove invaluable according to their coach.

In Wednesday's match, McCormack said that his squad "played well on the offensive side of the ball. In addition to the two goals, we had four or five clear chances on net that we were unable to convert. But, we were controlling the ball for periods of time against a talented side. For a young group to go up against a team like that and generate chances is a great building block for us."

The first of Canby's two goals came when Sean Gearhart went far post off a cross from Landon Hill. In the second half, Cristian Ramirez slotted a through-ball to Edwin De Jesus Lita, who poked it past the keeper.

"Edwin had another shot a few minutes later that rattled off the cross bar," McCormack said. "Sophomores Heladio Vera and Cristobal Esquivel had standout games for us as well."

McCormack said that despite the 0-7 record and only three goals scored thus far in the season, he felt the team, considering its youth, was headed in the right direction.

"It's going to be one step at a time," McCormack said. "I'm confident that the experience we're getting now, along with how competitive we have been in most of our games despite the scores, is going to serve us well next year and the year after as this group gets to grow together. The growth from where we started in the fall has been huge and when we get a few more pieces back from injury, things should come together nicely next season."

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