In the Mountain Athletic Conference, there is just no rest for the weary on the soccer field.
The McDowell Titans varsity soccer team dropped its fourth consecutive league match Wednesday 7-0 to the Asheville Cougars.
The home loss continues what has been a rough stretch for the Titans in their first rotation through conference play. McDowell (1-9 overall, 0-4 MAC 4A/3A) inside of the league has been outscored by a 30-1 margin in four matches.
The team’s losing streak overall now after Wednesday’s shutout now extends to seven matches in a row.
The Cougars wasted no time in trying to jump out to an advantage. In fact, all it took was the opening kick, as Asheville directed their kick into the backline. Then, forward Eli Katz broke toward the goal and received a deep kick in the middle of the field. Katz retrieved the ball about 30 yards from the net and scored 11 seconds in to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead.
That series of plays turned out to be a microcosm of the entire match.
Asheville was on the attack, scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes and posting six, first-half scores, blowing the game open.
Junior Alex Fraga had two first-half goals, while Aidan Hackett and Justin Fleer tacked on a goal apiece in the half.
That surge was just too much for the Titans to recover from.
The Cougars finished with a 16-4 shots advantage which kept McDowell goalkeeper Mario Ramirez active on his feet. Ramirez did collect 10 saves in the match.
The Titans never had any optimal looks at the goal in the match. All four shot attempts came from about 25 yards and out. Asheville keeper Ethan Heilig officially got a hand on one of the shot attempts, and the other three were either above or far wide of the goal.
McDowell will begin a short road trip on Tuesday against another tough league foe, A.C. Reynolds (5 p.m. jayvee, 7 p.m. varsity).