Trojans soccer team drilled in opener

By Dan Falloon, Portage Daily Graphic

In their return to the soccer field after a lengthy absence, the Portage Collegiate Institute Trojans received a licking at the hands of Vincent Massey (Winnipeg).

The visitors scored five times in the first half and four more in the second to roll to a 9-0 win over the hosts, who saw limited action in West Winnipeg Athletic Conference play last year because of poor field conditions. Prior to last year's test run in the WWAC, the Trojans were members of the Zone 4 League.

The Trojans were unable to muster much offensively, as the Vincent Massey defence stymied PCI in close. Conversely, they received goals from five different sources, including Jaydon McIvor, who potted four.

Head coach Cam Scott said the Trojans, still figuring out the level of play in WWAC, had a bit of stage fright.

"Nerves were a big part of it," said Scott. "These guys haven't played soccer in quite some time.

"They were very tentative on and off the ball, and we've got to tighten that up."

Scott said the team has shown sparks of brilliance in practice, but wasn't able to put it together on the field on Monday.

"Nothing really transpired in tonight's game," said Scott. "It's the first game of the year.

"They now know what it's like."

Scott said the Trojans will work to improve in some distinct areas before their next action.

"We need to be a lot more aggressive and we need to communicate more," said Scott.

The Trojans will return to play Apr. 30 when they visit the Titans at Shaftesbury High School.

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