Soccer Team Fights Hard At Sectionals

Soccer Team Fights Hard At Sectionals

Every year from early summer to mid-October, soccer players put their blood, sweat, and tears into their training; yet it’s still the highlight of the year. Soccer Sectionals is the final test which exemplifies your hard work, determination, and every other step you could have possibly taken to reach that point.
Girls and boys both play in the fall and have identical formats. Schools play each other based on school size, and generally the same schools play each other year after year.
In most cases the teams play in a sectional quarterfinal, then semi-final, then the final; like the girls team does. However, some schools only have three other teams that they may have to play so they only have to play in the semi-final and then the final; like the boy’s team does.
This year, the girl’s team went into their game feeling good, and according to some, probably too good. The lady wolves scored two goals in the first half but conceded four goals in the second half.
In the end the girls lost 4-2 in the quarter finals. Senior, Marissa Tilden, said, “I honestly do believe this season was successful. Despite our losses, we stayed strong as a team and stuck together through it throughout the whole season. It was truly an honor being captain of such an amazing team. I love coach and every one of my girls. I couldn’t have asked for a better season.”
For the boys, sectionals have been a rough subject for the past seven years. Some great teams have come close to the title, but have never brought home the trophy.
This year the boys beat South Bend Washington in an extremely close game. With a total of four yellow cards, two yellow cards, and many more fouls the game was anything but clean.
With one goal from City’s Ryan Stevenson and one goal from South Bend Washington in regulation, the game went into overtime 1-1. Then Will Rubino scored what turned out to be the game winner in double OT. Then City moved on the Sectional finals against the St. Joe Indians.
For the whole game, it was an extremely close matchup. City played better the first half, but was outplayed for almost thirty minutes in the second half. Both seven-minute OTs remained scoreless, but was anything from a boring game with lots of nail-biting scoring opportunities. Unfortunately, the game went into penalty-kicks to settle the tie.
City’s own Jimmy Ohms netted the only penalty-kick for our side, and St. Joe had two shots that were put in. City goalie, Rhiggs Thomas, had two phenomenal saves.
Even though neither the boy’s teams nor girl’s team brought home the trophy, but there is no doubt in any players’ mind that next year is the year.

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