The Calgary Minor Soccer game that almost blew away
Last night, the field at Forest Lawn was the perfect place to fly a kite. However, a Calgary minor soccer game was scheduled between the under 14, Tier 2, boys on Foothills 99 and CMCA Memorial Eagles.
Due to the field running east to west, all of the players contended with a sideways wind that pushed at 30 kilometres per hour.
The boys on Foothills 99 had an additional challenge. Fatigue.
Foothills coach, John Hamilton was quick to dismiss the wind as being the biggest factor.
“(Today) didn’t really go that well. Nine of the players were playing for ASA (Alberta Soccer Association) and they’ve been in Winnipeg for a full week,” Hamilton said. “They didn’t get back until last night and they had played five games so they were really, really tired.”
Foothills 99 won the game 3 to 1. Despite the win, Hamilton wasn’t impressed with the overall performance.
“Our tiredness really impacted the game . We’re usually a pretty good passing and moving team. They just didn’t have the legs or the energy tonight, which is a shame really but I mean that’s part of the game,” he added.
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The Eagles were not able to fly as high as intended either. They were forced to play with just 9 boys as many of their team wasn’t able to make the game.
Eagles coach, Jag Sahota was proud of the efforts his shorthanded team delivered.
“It was a challenge. It went well considering we only had 9 guys and we only lost 3-1 so it was decent and the wind didn’t help,” said Sahota.
When asked why so many of his boys were missing, he did reply with confidence that a main reason was not being Provincial contenders this season.
“We’re not in contention for Provincials this year so that made a difference. If we would have been, then I think there would have been more kids here (tonight). They would have changed their plans around the game,” he said.
The wind, shorthanded teams and tired players. Even Calgary minor soccer gets a case of ‘the Mondays’ every now and again.
Calgary Minor Soccer Goals Scored:
CMCA Memorial Eagles