Soccer team needs to 'clean up a few things' on defense and should have a competitive season moving forward.

Canby boys soccer coach Ryan McCormack said the final score was frustrating, but there were a lot of positives to build off of in Tuesday's 8-3 loss to visiting Southridge.

"We played a tough senior-heavy squad in Southridge," McCormack said. "I think we showed a lot, despite the result. It was a much better effort than last Thursday, and I think what we've seen in terms of growth from our young squad last year to where we are now is evident. We just need to clean up a few things in the back on defense, and I think we're going to be a fairly competitive team this year and next."

Tuesday night's match was also Senior Night for the Canby boys soccer team.

Southridge went up 3-0 early on, capitalizing on some Canby mistakes.

Fortunately, the Cougars still had some fight in them. Junior Samuel Barajas Silva brought Canby to within 3-1 after a "great team build-up with a beautiful through ball from Junior Heladio Vera," according to McCormack.

Canby then conceded three more goals before junior captain Vladimir Bernal Lopez put a tough free-kick off the keeper. Samuel Barajas Silva collected the rebound and slid it across to Spanish exchange student Ignacio "Nacho" Alvarez, who scored.

In the second half, Canby got off to a good start with another goal from Alvarez off another assist from Bernal Lopez.

Next up for Canby is a Monday tilt at Lakeridge as they begin league play, then home on Wednesday against Tualatin.

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