YORK -- Though the York Comprehensive High boys' soccer team has yet to get over the hump in region play, head coach Sean Coady feels positive vibes about the team's mindset and commitment to the program.
Playing at home before an enthusiastic gathering last week, the Cougars absorbed a gut-wrenching 1-0 overtime loss to Nation Ford.
"They outhustled us in the second half," Coady said after the Region 3-AAAA nail-biter. "It was a hard fought game."
Despite the narrow loss to Nation Ford, Coady has been pleased with the players' willingness to pay the price to elevate their level of play.
"The scoreboard doesn't reflect how well our kids have played in a strong 4A region," the YCHS coach said. "We have a good many players returning from last year's team.
"The young players blending with the older players has rejuvenated the soccer program."
Said Coady, "This is a good bunch. They need a win under their belt to lift their spirits."
Coady said junior goalkeeper Craig Lowe, who was credited with four saves in the loss to Nation Ford, has impacted the team in a positive way.
"Craig does a good job as goalkeeper," he noted. "He works hard to improve his game. The players respect him."
With a steady work ethic and commitment to the team, Lowe is working hard to make himself a better goalkeeper and to help the team win its fourth game.
Lowe echoes his coach's sentiments when describing this year's Cougar team.
"We have good camaraderie," he said. "We get each other pumped. It's all about having the right mental focus to reach our potential."
Lowe said soccer is like basketball, nonstop action.
"Conditioning is a point of emphasis," the confident goalkeeper said. "Stamina becomes a key."
Shifting his attention to the 1-0 loss to Nation Ford, Lowe said, "We need to continue to work on offensive tactics and make our defense tighter."
He added, "We still have a lot of games to play to make things happen."
Coady couldn't agree more with his goalkeeper's take on the season.
The Cougars resume region play on Tuesday when they travel to Lancaster for a 7 p.m. start. A four-game homestand begins April 4 against South Pointe at 7 p.m.