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Sterling’s Ahmad Saif, 9, takes a hard foul from behind during Tuesday’s home match against South Houston. The Rangers dropped a 4-1 decision and are 3-3 this season.

Goalkeeper, position players out with injuries in Sterling defeat

The season had started with some promise for the Ross S. Sterling boys soccer team this season.

New head coach Archie Wright saw some highs and lows, but three wins in five matches lent optimism to the new program.

However, heading into Tuesday’s home contest against South Houston, RSS goaltender Jose Marquez, already banged up before the match, had to be pulled at halftime of a 1-1 game and other ailments reared their ugly head and everything went pear shaped.

South Houston used a dominant second half to pull away for a 4-1 win.

“What happened is that our goalkeeper went down,” Wright said. “The midfield wasn’t doing some of the tactics that we had asked and we had some players that went down too.”

Martin Cendejas scored for Sterling in the first half, but then they saw South Houston score only moments after the second half started and then gave up a third goal on a bad defensive clearance that came back to haunt them.

“When things aren’t going well it’s more of an issue of confidence and getting it up,” Wright said. “We just have to get them to realize they are a good team and when things aren’t going well, they have the ability to come back.

“Things aren’t always going to go well even when you stick to the game.”

Sterling plays crosstown rival Goose Creek Memorial at 7:30 Friday.

“We have to work on some offensive stuff,” “We haven’t had a practice in like a week with the tournament last week and the weather. I want us to work more on possession.”

OTHER SCORES

Sharpstown boys 3, REL 0 

Dickinson boys 2, GCM 0

East Chambers boys 12, Anahuac 0

Barbers Hill girls 1, Crosby 0

East Chambers girls 1, Anahuac 0

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