BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
PLYMOUTH — A.J. Mills scored with 5:42 left, but the Argos boys soccer team lost to host Plymouth 7-1 on Sept. 7.
Argos lost their second straight game and fell to 2-6.
Ivan Turcios and Alex Jaimes scored twice each for Plymouth (5-2). Angel Pagoada, Junior Aguilar and Tyler Stiger scored one goal each.
This marked senior night for the host Pilgrims.
“I was a little worried,” Argos coach Todd VanDerWeele said. “We seemed a little flat in warmups, but I thought we came out ready to play. The first goal, I thought we made some silly mistakes again that have been getting the best of us at times, and then for some reason, we decided to play a higher line, and we’re not as fast as Plymouth. … And as soon as they got those two quick goals, I think it went to 3-0 pretty quick … it took the wind out of our sails.”
Argos trailed 4-0 at halftime and was trailing 7-0 when Mills outraced a Plymouth defender for a loose ball in the middle of the pitch, dribbled into the box and tucked a shot just to the right and just under the reach of Plymouth goalkeeper Koan Deon.
“The mental side, he gives everything for 80 minutes,” VanDerWeele said of Mills. “He doesn’t stop – ever. Sometimes he runs himself ragged trying to do too much when he can stay contained. When he and Sean (Richard) are playing well together, those two both have been huge for us. That change last week has been a big help with some things.”
The teams could meet again at the Argos Invitational on Sept. 10. Argos drew Class 3A, No. 2 Chesterton while Plymouth drew Class 3A, No. 1 Zionsville.
“No one wants to lose 7-1,” VanDerWeele said. “But they are working at practice. We are getting better. And I don’t know if they see it or not. I hope they do. I see it. Sometimes I think I get caught up in wanting that perfect game, and maybe I get a little over the top, but they are getting better. We just need to keep working and