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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Laquey soccer's Podurgal seeks improvement

  • Last time the Laquey Lady Hornets were in action was in a muddy 6-1 loss against Frisco Conference rival Crocker.
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  • LAQUEY – Last time the Laquey Lady Hornets were in action was in a muddy 6-1 loss against Frisco Conference rival Crocker.
    In the previous March 27 battle, Crocker controlled the ball for nearly the entire match, but the Laquey roster's lack of experience was a major contributor to the loss.
    Lady Hornets' coach Mike Podurgal recognized his struggling defense in the loss.
    "We have had problems controlling the midfield," Podurgal said. "Most of our players are brand new, some not only have never played high school soccer, some have never played any soccer.
    Podurgal explained his minimally trained 15-athlete roster, which includes eight freshmen and two others who have never played a minute of soccer.
    However, the coach said his explanation is not meant as an excuse, but rather an explanation for the team's slow start.
    Another attribute creating issues is the change of playing scheme.
    "We have chanced from the Bundesleaguea Flex to a more traditional 4-4-2 in hopes of getting more touches in the middle third," Podurgal said. "If we can increase our possession at midfield we should be able to concentrate more at the point of attack and keep some pressure off our defense."
    So far this season, Laquey's soccer play has improved in each game this season, and Podurgal expects that trend to continue.
    "We are still trying to figure out what the best positions are for the players and we are getting there," he said. "I expect us to get better every game and so far we have been."
    Laquey will host Belle today at 4:30 p.m. in the Lady Hornet's first home game since March 18, a loss to Osage.
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