Two teams focus on heart, fun and skill in Calgary Minor Soccer game
By Jessica Belbin
Calgary Minor Soccer teams Blizzard Celtics and Foothills 99 kept the crowd engaged Monday night with some good shots on goal and possession plays.
With only one goal scored in the game, defense and keepers on both teams played a big role.
Blizzard Celtics coach Thomas O’Neill’s strategy for the Calgary Minor Soccer game was to “just to play simple football, try and play some two touch and keep possession. And move the ball around. And try and get some opportunities wide and get the ball across and score some goals and not concede any.”
O’Neill feels the girls struggled a little but played stronger near the end.
“I thought the last 20 minutes of the game the girls, they game back and they settled down and they played some nice football and they had the possession for the most part so I was very happy,” he said.
Celtic keeper #23 Mackenzie has a shut out to add to her goal of having the best overall average of goalies in her division.
“I’m almost there. Right now I have the least amount (of goals scored against) and I’m hoping to keep it that way,” she said.
Coach Samantha Chang-Foidl says her Foothills team is young and plans for their development.
“We have new players and we have new ideas we’ve been pushing through with this team. They do work really well together and we have a great support system and a lot of love in the team,” she said.
“We’re going to develop them to be a team that right as soon as they step onto the pitch they can look to win the ball early and look to be aggressive and really just own the ball and be confident in themselves and as a team,” said Chang-Foidl.
Foothills captain #8 Maren says she has possibly played her last Calgary Minor Soccer game of the season but has gotten a lot out of the time on the field.
“My goal for this season was just to try and learn and not be too hard about losing because we’re the younger team. I really like competing and I like having the team to always lean on and winning games and losing and learning from that,” she said.
Both teams are not heading to the minor soccer provincials in August but will be working on getting there for next year.