Dunn: Pumas too big, too fast, too strong

Thursday afternoon you could still hear the disappointment in the voice of Mark Dunn, Montgomery boys coach.

“It was just a shame that the season had to end that way,” Dunn said of his Vikings’ 5-1 loss to Maria Carrillo. “It ended on a sour note and I was disappointed.”

With the game firmly decided inside the two-minute mark, players from both teams engaged in a scuffle on the Carrillo sidelines. Vikings’ star midfielder Nico Spann was red-carded out of the game, although Dunn disputed that call, saying only that the referee “got the wrong player.”

“The red-card we got earlier in the game, we deserved,” Dunn said, “but not that one.”

Some observers felt a Carrillo player started the disruption and the officials, while trying to regain order, lost sight of the combatants.

Nonetheless, order was restored, the game completed and Dunn and everyone else was ready to move on.

“The bottom line was that they just kicked our butt,” Dunn said. “We did score the first goal early, but when they go that last goal to make it 3-1 just before halftime that hurt. “I could tell we were dejected at halftime, our players knew they hadn’t played up to their abilities.”

Dunn, who is close to several Carrillo players, hung around long after the end of the contest talking to several Puma players.

“They are just a fantastic group of kids and I hope they represent the NBL well on Saturday,” Dunn said. “I know they will.”

Montgomery dropped an early-season game, 2-0, to Windsor. But Dunn doesn’t feel that the final score was indicative of the outcome.

“We had three 1v1 situations with their keeper and all of our shots were right at him. “I think Carrillo is just too big, too fast and too strong for Windsor.”

Dunn loses seven seniors, including three senior starters off a team that finished 15-6-2.

“And our junior varsity was undefeated until I pulled up a couple of their starters to the varsity,” Dunn said. “The jayvee team split two games with Carrillo. I am really excited about next season.”