By Coach Todd Maas
A great game to be a part of. Intensity, physical, fast paced, and great energy. This was fun soccer!!! Most of our guys on this squad have never been apart of a game of this magnitude, it feels like playoff time. Two teams with great respect for each other that play hard, physical but still clean soccer. They took it to us the first portions of the game, until our guys settled in a bit. We had to figure out in a quick hurry how to match Prairie’s speed of the game and physical play. For some of our guys it was baptism by fire. I really like the way responded. The second half we played with much more confidence and composure moving the ball well. Each team had a couple great opportunities to score, just couldn’t find it. We had put one in later in the second half, but it was a crazy offside situation, that the ref got completely right, that probably will never happen again for these guys. But that’s soccer….. we had other chances that we should have capitalized on. Prairie had a few chances as well, Trent and our D came up big on a few, with another getting smoked off the right side pipe from about 25-30 yards out. That ball was drilled!!!! We lucked out there. I’m extremely proud of these guy for battling and playing the way we did. Some of our guys grew up a ton in the matter of 90 minutes. Now they know that this should be the norm, that is how we need to play all the time. No time to sit back though we play Janesville Craig who smashed Hale last night 9-0. We will have our hands full again.