Road to Provincials not always easy for Calgary Minor Soccer teams
By April Cruz
It was Sunday Calgary Minor soccer action at its most fun as well as challenging. When the under-14 boys of MAC United walked on to the field, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.
There wasn’t much food in their stomachs either. The team is currently fasting from dawn to sunset for Ramadan. This also meant no drinking water. Despite this, they pushed hard and hungered for goals.
It was an evenly matched game pressure wise but the MAC United boys managed to dig deep, past their empty fuel tanks to win 4 to 3 versus the Cochrane Wolves.
MAC United Coach Adam Kaddoura was proud of the team and their finish of the summer season. United comes in fourth overall so will not be heading to Provincials. Knowing this prior to today’s game didn’t damper their drive.
“(The) last game of the season, we didn’t have much to play for but the boys still came out and played hard. We had a chance to get top 2 to go to Provincials but we missed out on a couple of games, had some hard luck but we’ll be back next season,” said Kaddoura.
Coach Kaddoura also added his opinion of this game compared to the rest of the season.
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“Today their attitudes were really good, their sportsmanship was very good and that’s what I like to see, that’s the most important thing to me,” he said.
The team’s positive attitudes started before the game. United’s #3, Abe, was proud to promote his accidental bicycle kick goal during practice: “I scored in practice.”
He then added as if being interviewed after a premier league match.
“Our fans are the most important thing. When I’m not playing soccer, I’m on Facebook,” he said.
Though this game meant the end of the road for the summer, the team was in high spirits and back to being jokers within moments, teasing and laughing with each other.
As for the Cochrane Wolves, they are looking forward to continuing their summer at Provincials next month. Today’s game was a demonstration of the intensity they’ll need to take onto the field.
Wolves Coach, Sean Perron shared thoughts on the game.
“Great fight and great effort from all the kids. The second half, we actually won the second half 2 nil, that’s something we can build on and takeaway.”
As for the journey to Provincials, he added “this was a great way to go into Provincials where all the games are going to be just like this, just as hard fought, just as intense so the kids are ready for it.”
The Calgary Minor Soccer teams in our city are playing games with ferocity and passion. Equally important, they are having fun. This should make for exciting games at Provincials in August.
For more information and schedules, visit the CMSA’s website calgaryminorsoccer.com.
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