Getting off to a tough start in its season debut, the Adna girls soccer team lost at home to 1A Elma, 5-0.
The Pirates (0-1) held the Eagles to just one goal, and trailed by one in the first half, but a barrage in the final 10 minutes led to a more lopsided final scoring total.
Elma got on the board early, in the fifth minute, and scored again in the 52nd, before scoring in the 70th, 73rd, and 78th minutes to finish off the Pirates.
“Elma definitely got stronger as the game went on,” Pirates coach Patrick Richardson said. “Our play improved throughout. It takes work building back after losing a huge group of seniors and there are glimmers of that coming along.”
The loss gives the Pirates plenty of work to do, but also some positives. Cyndle Haller covered a lot of defensive breakdowns for Adna, helping it keep even more goals off the board in the first half. Junior keeper Jordanne Moon played strong in the net, facing 17 shots, and Karlee VonMoos was a strong presence on the pitch, per Richardson.
The Pirates will look to rebound at Stevenson Monday at 6 p.m.