Parsons soccer dropped to 0-3 on the season, losing 8-1 to the Independence Bulldogs on Thursday at home in SEK League action.
Thursday also marked the return of Vikings head coach Caleb Reid, who was quarantined for the first two losses against Fort Scott and Pittsburg.
“We definitely had some struggles,” Reid said. “Me being gone for two weeks set us back as far as planning and everything. But we got to give it to Independence. They’re rock solid everywhere and this is an experience for us.”
Parsons struggled to hold possession of the ball throughout the match.
“Our passing game needs to be a lot sharper and we need to go on longer runs,” Reid said. “We need to have a bigger bag of tricks. We’re still lacking experience, so it’ll all come with time.”
Aidan Wheat accounted for Parsons’ only goal of the match in the second half.
Independence got a pair of goals from Jase Mavers and Jerry Mattes as well as one goal apiece from Connor Boomsma, Jude Stafford, Jimmy Unruh and Joshua Lawrie.
“We’re just going to focus on the matches in front of us,” Reid said. “Last year, we had a really strong leg up front to help. Now we’re lacking that. So we’ve got to grow in every facet of the game. We’re still in soccer grade school.”
Independence improved to 1-1-1 overall and 1-0-1 in league play with the win.
Parsons plays three matches next week. The Vikings host Baldwin on Monday then Columbus on Tuesday before traveling to Chanute on Thursday.
“I feel like it’s going to be a nice break from just practice,” Reid said. “The more matches we can get into, the more chances we have to rise to that intensity level. We’ve grown through our first three matches. It’s not showing on the scoreboard, but we’re getting there.”