Osan's James Rivet tries to advance the ball against Asia-Pacific's Jeremy Kim in the Plate final. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES
Osan's James Rivet tries to advance the ball against Asia-Pacific's Jeremy Kim in the Plate final. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES

Osan boys, Seoul American girls capture titles in Korea

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea – Things could not have started much worse for Osan’s boys soccer team this season. Coming off a 5-14-2 2018 campaign, the Cougars, thought to be a year older and a year wiser, opened with a dismal 0-4-1 ledger in their first five matches.

Eight wins in 10 matches later, including Saturday’s 3-1 triumph over Asia-Pacific in the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Plate Tournament, James Rivet, Joey Betts and the Cougars say they like the team’s direction.

“It’s a start,” said Betts, a junior midfielder who was voted the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. He said that despite the dismal start, “we thought we had a chance” to do big things this season.

A change in practice mentality helped turn things around, Betts said, adding that the tournament helps give the Cougars needed momentum heading into next month’s Far East Division II tournament. “This is definitely a big confidence booster,” he said.

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