Provincials hopes keep Calgary Minor Soccer Cardinals and Cheetahs playing aggressively
By Jessica Belbin
With only ten minutes left in Calgary Minor Soccer play the Cardinals scored a goal that gave them the win as well as some much needed three points heading towards provincials.
Cardinals’ coach John Finney says Monday’s Calgary Minor Soccer game was an important one especially with players going on summer vacations.
“We’re gonna lose a lot of speed and talent over our final games. So I wanted to bank these three points tonight and take our chances with some call ups with the final two (games),” he said.
Finney says he’s been promoting a team concept all season.
“We’ve been focused on team all year long. On my weekly game sheet reports it says in big letters TEAM: together everyone achieves more. I’m pretty proud of them,” said Finney.
Cardinal midfield centre #11 Ayla is happy with how the game went.
“I feel good, it’s an important win,” she said. Ayla also has a goal for the rest of the season and provincials. “I hope to score more goals. I’m usually timid in that, I’m more about ball control so I hope to score,” shared Ayla.
Despite the loss, Cheetah coach Morris Roberts feels his team outperformed the Cardinals in the match.
“The other team was a good team, they were aggressive but we were definitely the better team the whole night. We got an unlucky break where we misplayed the ball and they jumped on it and that’s the way a ball game goes sometimes. But we definitely outplayed them. The first half we were probably in their zone probably 80-85%, in the second half we were probably in their zone 65%, so the girls can hold their heads high, it was a great game,” said Roberts.
Cheetah’s defender #19 Kiana agrees with her coach.
“I feel that we possibly dominated and we should have either tied or won,” she said.
Kiana hopes her team can make it to provincials and shared how much she loves the sport.
“I’m just really passionate about (soccer). It’s something I like to do because I’m good at it. I hope that we can win the rest of our games and maybe I could get some goals,” she said.
Both teams have only a couple of games to gain more points and make their way to the minor soccer Alberta outdoor provincials which will take place in August.
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