DANVILLE — Winning the program’s first sectional title made last season one the Covington Trojans soccer team will never forget. That is where they would like to see themselves again this season. And that’s what the Bismarck-Henning Blue Devils are striving to accomplish.
In their first year as a soccer program (independent of Hoopeston Area), the Blue Devils are making strides. They nearly picked up their second win of the season and as a program, but the Trojans scored two goals in the second half, including Justin Long’s game-tying goal in the 20th minute, and the game ultimately ended in a 2-2 tie.
“It’s a little frustrating, but Covington is a good team,” Skylar Nuetzmann said of the draw. “I think we put up a pretty good fight against them. In past years, they’ve (won) sectionals and all that. I’m happy with my team, I’m happy with the performance we gave, and I can’t ask for any more than that.”
Bismarck-Henning led twice in the contest, and its pressure, at times, gave Covington fits. But, the Trojans were able to capitalize on enough of their opportunities to draw even.
Unfortunately for coach Ryan Sowers and the Trojans, they fell short on opportunities that they felt could have put the game away.
“They did a good job at getting us pressure,” Sowers said. “But, obviously, we did have our opportunities. We just couldn’t finish. It’s kind of been the story so far. We haven’t scored a lot of goals this year. We are putting ourselves, I think, in a good enough position to do so, we’re just finishing.”
Covington (3-1-1 overall) out-shot Bismarck-Henning 15-4 but could manage to get only two goals to the back of the net.