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by: ESTACADA NEWS: PARKER LEE - Estacadas Alfredo Belman fights through traffic to get to the mouth of the goal during last weeks 4-2 loss to Banks. After taking two steps forward to start the season, the Estacada boys’ soccer team took one step back. Banks came into Estacada on Thursday and handed a 4-2 loss to the Rangers, dropping their preseason record to 2-1.

“It drives me nuts, because that is a game we should have won,” Estacada coach Johnnie Workman said. “In my opinion, we should have won five or six to nothing. It just wasn’t good enough tonight.”

Estacada did not let Banks have many chances to score, but made a few defensive errors that allowed the Braves to convert on the few opportunities they did have.

“The ball was on our end a lot more,” Workman said. “We just made too many key mistakes on plays we should have had.”

The miscues plagued the Rangers’ offense just as they did the defense. Estacada had several good looks at the goal, but no one could seem to pop the ball into the net. Whether it was clanking a kick off the post or missing by a few feet on a header, the Rangers were just a bit off. There were also a number of occasions when Estacada was advancing the ball at a good pace, only to see multiple players attempt shots from long range instead of patiently moving in for a better one.

Estacada’s error-filled showing let Banks grab a 2-0 halftime advantage, which they would stretch to 3-0 five minutes into the second half.

If there was anything positive to take from the Rangers’ loss it was the fact that they kept battling, despite trailing by three goals, and almost came back. With 27 minutes left in the second half, junior Dustin Day got Estacada on the board with a goal from just in front of the Banks goalkeeper. As the clock dipped below 11 minutes, the Rangers made it a one-goal match. The Rangers’ second goal came from the foot of Anthony Caiocj Tuz who drilled a corner kick and banked the ball off the right post to beat the keeper and find the back of the net.

Estacada kept pushing to tie the match, but a few errant kicks allowed Banks to clear the ball back the other way. With six minutes remaining, the Braves doused Estacada’s late-match hope by adding a fourth goal.

The Rangers were understandably dismayed following the contest which they felt was theirs for the taking. With Tri-Valley Conference play set to open this week, Estacada knows it must clean things up to be competitive against its league foes.

“What we’re going to see in league is going to be a thousand times better than what we saw against Banks,” Workman said. “Some guys stepped up and some guys didn’t, but we’re going to find the guys that are stepping up.”

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