Great Calgary Minor Soccer, great summer evening, great fans in the stands and fun on the field
By Jessica Belbin
A beautiful backdrop of a summer sunset and storm clouds set the stage for a good game of Calgary Minor Soccer between the Chinook Royals and the Juventus Thunder Tuesday evening.
Both teams played well with possession but the Royals won the day with a 4-1 score.
Juventus Thunder coach Tony Spadafora says it was a tough one for his team being short on the bench with a few injuries but his team did well.
“I give them credit for what they played because there was a lot of chasing. The girls played really, really hard. We had our chances to tie it though in the 2nd half. We had a breakaway, and a couple other chances,” he said.
Thunder captain #8 Natasha agrees it was a tough game but gives kudos to her team for doing their best.
“I think we played good, we were short on players. So it was hard for us because they’re a really good team with passing so we tried to keep up. We just made sure that we talked and we played together,” she said.
Royals coach Spiros Katsaounis says his team needs improvement in finishing in front of the net but he is really proud of them.
“We can always use more goals but the way they’ve been passing and moving the ball and pressuring and physicality has always been an issue with girl’s soccer but these girls are stepping it up,” he said.
Katsaounis is also looking forward to the minor soccer provincials.
“That’s what we’re all playing for and ambitious to get there and just to challenge ourselves,” he said.
Royals’ inside mid player #17 Madi scored a goal in the game but is happy with what the whole team did.
“I feel like we played a pretty strong game and we were able to pass the ball well and I guess the win shows it,” she said.
Madi is also hoping to get to provincials.
“Well I hope we get there and it’d be great to hold our own and maybe even win if possible. The way we’ve been improving I think we could,” said Madi.
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