Villains Impact pull out closeone in Calgary minor soccer
By April Cruz
The fields at Renfrew were busy last night for Thursday night’s Calgary Minor Soccer action and a little on the damp side.
There were a couple of field closures due to the wet afternoon in Calgary. It was ‘game on’ however for the boys and girls of Calgary minor soccer in most areas of our city.
The Villains Impact 16 met with Blizzard Riot at the centre line in an under 16 Tier 1 boys match.
Both teams played hard and aggressively. The referee managed to keep steady control of the level of aggression that grew as the game progressed.
The moist ground did make for some entertaining slide tackles. They seemed to go a little further than expected.
A total of three yellow cards were handed out for ‘unsporting behaviour’. Two Blizzard Riot players each received one and a Villains player as well.
After the game, Villains coach, Tope Esal took a moment to reflect.
“Initially they started the game slow but I think they knew they had to win and we made some changes with the attack and defence formation,” Esal said.
After a slow first half, Esal was quick to get his team refocused. He wanted to ignite the fire in his players and did not mince his words.
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“(At the half) it was really a blunt and strict talk but they knew they were not playing well. We were lucky to score two goals late in the half. That gave them a necessary boost,” he added.
The Villains Impact won the game 3 to 2.
Villains Impact player #10, James, scored two for the three goals. He was happy to share his experience.
“Feels great! I rarely ever score so to get two is great!” he said.
When asked what the difference was in this game for him, “It just felt good tonight, felt like my night to score. After the first one, I felt it was easy to score again and from training, it was easy to get that header in,” said James.
James is now planning on heading into the last game of their season more confident, stronger and perhaps scoring at least two goals once again.
The Villains coach likes to play as hard as he works. His serious expression softened when asked about a season wrap up celebration.
“Surely, a party!” Esal said with a huge, genuine smile.
Calgary Minor Soccer Goals Scored:
Villains Impact 16
# 10 – 2