High heat for the Foothills bitter-sweet victory in U18 Boys Calgary Minor Soccer
By April Cruz
When the Foothills 94 DA and Villains Storm 18 squared off in Sunday Calgary Minor soccer action, there was a palpable tension in the air. Both teams played with an aggressive drive and tireless pace.
The Provincials are around the corner. At this point in the season, every game could be the difference between making or breaking it. Winning always feels great. Winning a game that secures a spot to play in Provincials, that’s more intense.
This game, played under a blazing sun during the hottest time of the day, seemed to generate a heat of its’ own.
Some of which was felt by the Foothills 94 DA coach, Jonathan Wheeldon.
‘I’ve got high standards for my team and I thought we didn’t pass the ball correctly. Off the ball I thought we were short and I don’t think we worked enough to get the ball back. We’ve won the game but I was disappointed in the performance today,” he said.
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Coach Wheeldon intends to address his disappointment in a cooler setting.
“I try not to say too much today ‘cause it’s off emotion. I try to have a day. Calm. Tomorrow we’ll have a civilized chat of what we could do better. We’ve got to take it to the training ground basically,” he said.
He added, “I don’t expect perfection but one thing I do expect is 100 per cent. I think that’s fair. I know we’re not going to be perfect but today, I don’t think we gave 100 per cent.”
Foothills 94 won the game 3 to 2 against the Villains Storm.
The Villains played shorthanded with just 10 on deck. Despite this setback, Coach, Moez Hirji was satisfied with the efforts from both teams.
“They (Foothills) took the early lead 2 – 0. We battled back and tied the game 2 – 2 and then Foothills took the lead at 3 -2 with about 20 minutes left in the game. They deserve the win. They played hard. They moved the ball around really well. With 10 players our guys played their hearts out so it was a very exciting game,” he said.
The game was indeed exciting and ended on a dramatic note fueled by an exchange of colorful language. When the stakes are high, sometimes emotionally charged reactions run higher.
Best leave the drama behind when packing for Provincials. August is forecasted to be warmer than July. In Calgary Minor Soccer, as in life, cooler heads will prevail.
For more information and schedules, visit the CMSA’s website calgaryminorsoccer.com.
Calgary Minor Soccer goals scored:
Foothills 94 DA
Villains Storm 18