Lethbridge has winning attitude in Calgary minor soccer
By April Cruz
The under 14, Tier 1 girls on SWU Premiers played the Lethbridge FC last night for the last summer league game in Calgary minor soccer. Which according to the standings, should read the first place team versus the last place.
That didn’t stop the Lethbridge girls from giving it their all. In fact, the intensity of their play was very ‘do or die’, especially during the second half.
There was a lot of contact between players but none that classified as fouls. The referee did comment after the game that it was a good, clean match. He claimed that it was the ‘cleanest one he’s refereed all season.’
The game was dominated by the incredibly fast and technically talented Premiers.
SWU Premiers won the game 5-0.
Not to add salt to any wounds, but Lethbridge played 16 games this season and didn’t win any of them. They didn’t score either.
It was no matter. The team remained upbeat and jovial after the game. They quickly perked up and were excited about providing a comment or two for the Beacon.
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The girls did share that the team was in Tier 2 last season but wanted to try their feet in Tier 1 for the summer. They were aware of the challenges they would face in this division but welcomed the opportunity to grow as players and as a team.
Some of the Lethbridge players, Tori, Cali, Kayley and Carly shared their views.
Every weekend since June, the girls have had to wake up at six in the morning, eat breakfast, drive two hours to Calgary and play two games. Typically on the same day, they would be back home, ready for bed by ten at night.
“In Lethbridge, there’s only one soccer club and there’s only one team per age group, so we get better learning experiences playing up here,” said Tori.
Their focus was not on the games lost but the experiences gained. They talked about the exercise, the fun of playing different teams and how happy they are to simply be together.
For a team that has not yet tasted victory in Tier 1, they certainly have a winning mind-set.
When this group of 13 year old Calgary minor soccer girls ey do score during the upcoming indoor season, there will be screams. Oh yes, high-pitched, glee filled screams and deservedly so.
Calgary Minor Soccer Goals Scored:
# 3 – 3
# 5 – 2