Don't get mentally locked in and get comfortable is what Tarboro Vikings head coach Leshaun Jenkins told his team before the game Wednesday night at Indian Lake Sports Complex when his Vikings hosted the Kinston Vikings in an Eastern Plains Conference match. Kinston prevailed and defeated Tarboro 3-0.
"In any game we can't get comfortable and we cann't get caught up in anything we are doing," Jenkins said. "In certain areas we are comfortable because we have players who understand but not in all areas."
Jenkins didn't think his team played very well or aggressive enough to win the match. His team played exactly how he thought they would, because they came out and played sluggish and weren't stepping up and picking up the Kinston offensive players on the wings like he had preached to them much of the first half.
"We have gotten away with that some this year but it hurt us in this match," Jenkins said. We are second guessing ourselves. I talked to them before the match about how experience plays in and went position by position and talked about it."
Jenkins is hoping the experience will come down the road when they play each conference team the second time around or hopefully by conference tournament time. He is playing freshman, which he doesn't expect to come out and be one of the best on the field.
Tarboro doesn't have a lot of experience on the field, but does have some skilled players who play a lot of minutes and Jenkins is going to continue to try and build confidence in the unexperienced players.
Kinston scored two goals in the first half to take a 2-0 lead at halftime. About 15 minutes into the match, Nic Frankfort crossed the ball inside the 10 yard penalty box and found Stan Vanclooster who punched it in from four feet out. Seven minutes later Robert Blake scored when he took a shot from about 20 yards out, which got by Tarboro goalie Travis Martin's hands to give Kinston a 2-0 advantage.
In the second half, Kinston put the match away when they scored their third goal. Josh Pettis found a seam and got by a Tarboro defender and blasted a shot to the left of Martin, who couldn't get on the ground fast enough to stop the ball.
Tarboro had several chances to score, but the shots were too hard and sailed over the goal. They took 23 shots on goal and Kinston took 17. Martin finished the match nine saves.