By Chuck Reherman
WARR ACRES – Yukon went into their fifth district match needing a win to keep their chances alive for a playoff berth.
The Millers have their backs pressed against the wall now.
Putnam City West controlled the tempo of the match and handed the Millers a 3-0 District 6A-1 loss Friday at Putnam City Stadium.
The Millers, 2-8, slipped to 2-4 in the district race. YHS needs a win Friday in the season finale at Westmoore to keep any chance of a playoff berth alive. The Millers will also need help from other teams as well.
West scored once in the first half and after scoring in the 51st minute of the match, had the contest in control.
“I felt like we looked tired after Tuesday,” Miller head coach Neil Hilton said. “We came out playing well early then after the first period of the game we just lacked the same energy, as the game continued they took over and controlled the game for the most part.
“They had two very good players that we found hard to contain,” he said. “We missed having the depth of Isaac (Sisney), Alex (Strain) and Armando (De La Cruz) to help the problem of tiredness.
“It certainly hurts our chances but there is still hope. We knew it was going to be hard but we will keep fighting. The three injuries certainly came at the wrong time with these next two games being so important.”
West, who is the district leader, had chances in the first half, but saw the Millers make their attack. Yukon had three corner tries in the first half, but saw the crossing pass deflected out each time.
West scored the first goal in the 35th minute of the match and led 1-0 at halftime.
The Millers had a chance to tie the match in the 51st minute when Zac Snow took a long pass and beat his defender. But, his shot went over the top of the crossbar.
West scored their second goal in the 55th minute of the match on a 35-yard strike that went to the right corner of the net, out of the reach of a leaping goal keeper Kaden Allen.
The Patriots added their third goal in the final 10 minutes of the match.
The Millers do have a chance to finish the season with a win against Westmoore.
“We just need to play to the of our ability we have been pretty consistent with our performance level this season even if it hasn’t lead to the results we’d of hoped we have fought the whole way and don’t expect that to change,” Hilton said.”