By Thomas Sellers Jr.
A quick glance at the 2015 Munford Cougar Soccer roster exposes a glaring exception.
Kyle Selby doesn’t have any seniors on his team. Last season the Cougars were loaded with senior experience and talent leading to a District 13-3A championship.
Most of those players are now playing college soccer or getting ready for finals in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile Selby marches on with his new group of Cougars. Maybe the word limp is more appropriate.
“To be realistic, we started this season with 18 players,” Selby noted. “My best attacking mid, who is an unreal ball handler and everything, broke his collar bone during Spring Break. One of my strikers, who is a freshman, got a concussion. He’s probably out for awhile.
“My starting goalie, who can play and does very, very well, broke his jaw against Millington,” he continued. “He’s out for the season. I’ve got a young man who has more heart than anybody in the world. He’s got Achilles’s issues. He’s got some health issues, to were he tried to walk out there. He just couldn’t play.”
Those injuries limited the Cougars April 14 at the Munford Soccer Field against the Memphis Catholic Chargers. Memphis Catholic won the game 6-2.
Coming into the game junior Brady Tiner is battling the foot issues. Caleb Brown, freshman, has the broken collar bone.
Fellow freshmen Zach Hafferkamp and Dakota Perrigo will miss time, Hafferkamp with the concussion and Perrigo with the broken jaw.
“When you start looking at who you’ve got out there on this field, player who play outside of high school?” Selby asked rhetorically. “I’ve got a lot of boys who won’t touch a soccer ball once the season is over. They’re giving you what they can give you.”
Behind 2-0 in the first half, the Cougars “never-quit” approach cut the deficit in half. Munford junior Dalton McCann danced around with the ball in the Memphis Catholic setting up teammate Tanner Jenkins, who is nursing a sore hip.
Taking the pass of McCann, Jenkins made a move and blasted the ball into the net to make the score 2-1 before the break.
In the second half the Chargers bolted out with a goal to make the score 3-1. This time McCann took care of the scoring for Munford with a goal to make the score 3-2.
But the rest of the contest Memphis Catholic did all the scoring pulling away for a 4-goal victory. Selby said his players ran out of steam but never quit against the Chargers.
“We’ve got a long way to work,” Selby concluded. “They’re giving me everything they’ve got. But the issue right now is we don’t have any subs. So we’ve got to peace mail this thing and find a way to make it through.”