NEWPORTâ€“The UCA Crusaders ran up against a speedy Trinity Baptist Kings team on Monday afternoon, losing the contest 3-0.
"We've got some adjusting to do before we see them next week," UCA coach Alyssa DeLaBruere after the game. "Speed is not our strength. We've got size but not speed, so we have got to figure out a way to shut down three or four of their players that just can go."
The Kings used their quick feet to get on the board early as Christopher Zamarippa opened the scoring off of a corner kick just five minutes into the contest.
UCA's Ji Kim came close to tying the contest when Trinity's goalie Jack Barton bobbled a loose ball, but the Kings managed to keep the ball out of the back of the net.
The Kings added a little insurance late in the half when Dulane Gill fed Zamarippa for his second tally of the game.
The Crusaders offense had been fairly dormant throughout the opening 40, but they would get their chance to get on the scoreboard late in the half.
With less than eight minutes to play, UCA was awarded four straight corner kicks, but they were unable to convert on any of them.
"It was very frustrating," said DeLaBruere on her team's lack of offense. "We started out with a 4-2-4 and it kind of backfired against us."
The Crusaders had one last chance to score in the first as Justin Limoge found an open Dale Martell, but Barton was there to make the stop.
Knowing they needed to make a change in the way they were defending their opponent, coach DeLaBruere addressed her charges and the team made the adjustment.
"We needed to focus on securing the midfield and this was ninety percent will, who wants of who wants this game more, and I was glad to see them battle back," said the UCA coach.
In the second, UCA's plan went into action, and was working well until Trinity's Jonathan Genova capitalized on some confusion in front of UCA keeper Chris DeLaBruere and banged one home.
"Coming off of Saturday's game when we played our best, this game was definitely our worst," Chris said with a look of frustration on his face.
UCA's last good chance to get on the board came on a direct kick by speaking captain Marc Quirion, but it was not meant to be and the Kings preserved the shut-out and the 3-0 win to move to 2-1 on the year.
DeLaBruere finished the game with 6 saves while Barton had 4 to earn the shut-out.
The loss drops the Crusaders record to an even 3-3, and the team will look to get back over .500 this Saturday when they host Concord at 1:00.