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HS girls' soccer competes in first day of ASIJ Girls' Soccer Tournament

The high school girls' soccer team split their two games on Friday at the ASIJ Girls' Soccer Tournament. The Knights beat KIS 2-0 before losing 2-0 to Kadena.

Both games had just 25-minute halves to allow for more games to be played at the tournament. Coach Charles Smoker shared first about the Knights' opening win:

"We controlled most of the play in the first half and had our best passing game of the season. We've had some inconsistencies in converting chances in practices and in games this season, and that carried over into this game. But we kept on attacking and Keziah scored toward the end of the first half.

We kept our opponent on their heels in the second half and then Jessica scored on a nice assist from Nana. That seemed to seal the game."

Smoker then expanded on CAJ's loss to Kadena and summarized the team's overall performance:

"We were somewhat intimidated initially and then started to play our game. The first half ended 0-0 with each team having one or two nice aggressive saves to keep it 0-0. We came out positive in the second half, but had some lapses that cost us dearly, leading to two goals that caused a 2-0 loss.

There were a lot of positive things today and we're playing better soccer, but we're still trying to develop a winning mindset where everyone expects to compete to win. We can do it! But I feel we need to see winning results before we really believe we can win the big games."

The Knights will complete the tournament on Saturday at ASIJ. Their first game will be against ASIJ at 12 p.m.

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