Wowwee Zowwee. Part of me says, “I don’t mind losing when we lose like that”.
But it’s not entirely true. There are some aspects of our boys’ play that I feel disappointed about–the opening 8 minutes or so, when we seemed to sleepwalk through the game and gave up 3 (ultimately decisive) goals. Talking with the boys after the game, they expressed similar disappointment, and that’s a good thing. Our boys showed great passion and fight to come back from 3-0 down to bring the game within 1 goal, but expressing disappointment with the things they didn’t do well is an equally important aspect of that passion and fight. I hope to remind them of this in preparation for the next game, in the hopes that they will be inspired to start the game as hard as they finished the last one.
That said, there are so many more positives to take from this game than negatives. It was, certainly, a thrilling game and a lot of fun for me to watch, along with everyone else. And I am hugely proud of the boys for that near-comeback.
Chelsea01.com’s three stars of the game:
- Noah Ryan – scored two well-worked goals, ran his heart out when he was out there, then let me know when he needed to come out. What more can I ask for from a player?
- Jacob Van Brunt – After a well-played first half, with good pressure on opposing defenses (something I love to see–putting defenders who have the ball under pressure. They hate that.), he put in a strong performance in goal in the second half. Fantastic.
- TEAM SPIRIT! The team never gave up, and I love it! Even when we gave up the final shoot-out opportunity, we gave it up in a desperate attempt to slide in to knock the ball into the net for a tying goal.