DC vs Bella VistaPosted by admin on May 16th, 2012
Our final match of the season…the second of a back to back with Bella Vista. The first match of the back to back with BV was riddled with fear and errors on our part. The second match was much different.
I told our girls that we needed to put aside the night before and consider what this game meant as a single match that would end our season. Plus, it was our lone Senior’s last match and we were having a celebration to honor her that night under the lights in our stadium.
BV had their Senior night the previous night and introduced their dozen or so seniors. Our Senior night we would focus on one young lady who was one of two team captains for the year but the true leader of the team. She captured the hearts of the team and encouraged and motivated and showed by example what it meant to stay focused and to work hard…not only in matches but in training as well.
Our DC girls played hard for their lone Senior as a tribute to give her a good memory of the season and to finish the season with a sense of pride.
The girls went out and did something that no other team was able to do…we held BV scoreless.
We made the adjustments we needed to make from the night before such as playing together as a team and moving as a unit. Our defenders played patiently and kept the BV scorers away from those easy shots they had the night before. We kept track of the runners and didn’t give them any chances for those wide open opportunities they had the night before. Our center midfielders became the glue that kept the team in tact on this night where it was lost the night before.
We played with passion, energy and pride and even had a hero or two along the way who gave of themselves beyond their typical boundaries. I was and am so proud of these ladies.
The grass was thick and we made adjustments to that as well as I told the gals to play the ball in the air more than normal. With thick grass it slows down much more quickly and is rather easy to handle versus trying to force any longer passes on the ground where they would not travel quickly enough to be safe.
These ladies learned a great deal over the course of the season and I am so proud of them that they were able to make all of the adjustments we talked about before the match and be able to come out with a good result.
We tied 0-0 in the end but did give ourselves scoring opportunities (as we normally do). We were not ever able to find that key to unlock the goals for ourselves but we played very good soccer throughout the season. I was approached on a number of occasions throughout the season by people (sometimes complete strangers to me) to tell me how they thought our team played the best soccer they had seen at the high school level.
I know there are some schools who do a great job…BV is one of them so I always took those compliments in the context of the reality that we have a long way to travel yet relative to some of the powerhouse teams in Sacramento. However, I also was grateful that people could see and congratulate these girls on their accomplishments this year. It was topped off by a very good game against one of the best teams in the area.
Great Job Varsity!
JV had another very tough match versus BV. They actually got up 3-0 and it looked like they were going to pull off a victory. However, BV was able to open the door just a bit to give them a glimmer of hope. That was all it took and they came back with a vengeance. Our girls fought valiantly but could not contain the BV girls who had not lost a match during league all season long. It was a tough loss for DC but we are proud of how the girls fought throughout the entire season.