(Graphic by Jackson Crawford)

The host Country Day soccer team gave up three goals in three minutes and lost 6-0 to undefeated Cristo Rey, the two-time defending Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League champion, on Oct. 15.

Cristo Rey opened the scoring late in the first half. In the second half, the Saints broke the game open with five goals.

Freshman midfielder RJ Vargo said the team needs to improve before the playoffs, which begin Oct. 29.

“We need to be the first to the ball when it hits the ground, and we need urgency,” he said. “We need to communicate every single time so we will be able to finish.”

Co-coach Matt Vargo agreed.

“We could improve in communication, especially in the back,” Matt Vargo said. “Our first touch needs a little work, and that’s going to take time because we are a young team who just played against an (experienced)  team.”

Sophomore forward and defender Ethan Monasa said the Cavaliers need to “stay organized defensively the entire game. We generally have a good first half, but most of our goals are allowed in the second half.”

Country Day lost 7-2 at Western Sierra on Oct. 18. The Cavaliers’ next game is Monday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. against Faith Christian at Country Day.

By Dylan Margolis

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