Chinook stops Villains in their tracks in Calgary Minor Soccer action
By April Cruz
In Thursday night Calgary Minor Soccer action, thunderstorms dropped hail, rain and then a ton of mosquitos over Glenmore Athletic Park yesterday evening, the young men of Chinook United A and the Villains Impact 18 were steady and ready for battle.
What a battle it was. Intense and fast paced, the game had an energy level on par with a premier match. The field posed challenges with taller than usual grass and uneven spots but both teams were unfazed. If there was a song for the occasion, it would have been ‘Eye of the Tiger’.
“The physical commitment of both teams was great, very good speed of play, good individual play. They were really battling hard both teams,” said Chinook United A’s Coach, Thomas Niendorf.
That’s a great compliment coming from a professional level coach. Niendorf has created training and development programs, fostered the careers of national and international players such as Calgary born Owen Hargreaves (Manchester United, England National team) and Kevin McKenna (FC Köln, Germany) and is always willing to assist a talented player with the right attitude to get to the next level.
His team did a great job of demonstrating his philosophy of play.
“Respect the process. Every single player on our team, (they are) very respectful, very disciplined on the field but at the same time, very positive body language,” he said.
Niendorf added, “for me (it’s) always important, that a young player always understands he has to work at first for the team and then the team will give something back to him, it doesn’t go the other way around.”
Chinook United A beat the Villains 3 to 0.
Chinook’s #12, Bradley, scored two of the three goals. He shared a little about his perception of the game.
“The first half was kinda hard and then we picked it up in the second. I thought we didn’t go in hard enough but second half our coach talked to us, and moved us a little, and then we played better. Controlled the game,” said Bradley.
Bradley was quick to add how passionate he is about soccer. He’s been playing the game since he could walk. He will play until he can’t.
Both teams worked and played hard. If you have the chance to see these young men play, before some become professionals, it’ll be time well spent.
Calgary Minor Soccer U18 Boys game schedules can be found at calgaryminorsoccer.ca.
Chinook United A
# 12 – 2