After opening the season with a 3-0 win over Reed, the Carson High boys soccer team struggled to score last weekend against McQueen and had to settle for a 1-1 tie.
On Friday against Elko, the Senators missed the goal to the left, to the right, but then with just over 20 minutes left in the game, John Shorrock put away Jesse Steele's cross to give Carson a 1-0 victory.
"We had control of the game," coach Bruce Bergantz said. "But we need more greedy people."
The Senators missed numerous chances around the penalty box throughout the game, which could've put Elko away. Instead after Shorrock's goal, Elko nearly tied the game, but just like Carson, the Indians just couldn't put the ball in the net.
"They (Elko) are a good team," Bergantz said. "I talked to their coach and they're rebuilding this year. They don't have a lot of talent, but they gave us a good match. They just played their hearts out."
Carson had an opportunity to take the lead in the first half when A.J. Bergantz found himself alone in front Elko's goal, but his shot sailed wide of the goal. Then with under a minute left in the half, Aaron Satterwhite crossed the ball to Christian Losche, whose shot was was heading for the back on the net until Elko's goalie came up with a big save that kept the game tied.
"Just finishing, finishing will do it," Bergantz said about the one thing that plagues his team.
In the second half, Steele was alone on a breakaway, but a controversial off sides was made by the center referee from more than 30 yards away. Steele made up for it a couple of minutes later when he beat an Elko defender down the line to set up Shorrock's decisive goal.
"I'll take it; 1-0 works for me," Bergantz said about his team's win.
Carson plays its second straight home game today against Sparks at 11 a.m. Bergantz admits he doesn't know too much about the Railroaders, but that doesn't him concern at all.
"Sparks has lost some players from last year but they still have a couple of key players," Bergantz said. "But really, I have no idea what Sparks really has.
"If we do what we need to do, then I'm not really worried about who we play," he added. "But we need some greedy people in the box."