Frustration is a normal occurrence in a sporting event. However, the Vanier Vikings learned the hard way when frustration boils over.
Despite winning 7-1 over Riverview/Cornerstone on Wednesday afternoon in high school boys soccer, the Vikings were handed five yellow cards and one player was ejected after two caution codes.
“The guys are frustrated because they don’t understand what the calls are for. From what I’ve heard, some of the guys were asking respectfully what was going on and some were throwing some attitude,” stated Jaysen Tomashewski, head coach of the Vikings. “That is going to be part of our discussion at our team meeting tomorrow. We are going to go through this again.”
The Vikings have received caution cards in each of their games this season, either dissent by word or action or ungentlemanly conduct. Some players have been repeat offenders of the caution cards as well. Tomashewski is at a loss of words as to why this is an issue for his players.
“I think some of it is a personal thing…it could be whatever. Basically, it is a lack of self-discipline at this point. At the same time, these guys have played games with these same refs in different situations and not had this trouble. So, I’m very much at a loss as to why it is happening now,” he stated. “This shouldn’t be happening. It just shouldn’t…it is not the way we play and this is not the way the game was meant to be played. How do we call it the beautiful game when we start having this happening? Its ridiculous.”
The Royals did their best on the pitch avoiding any controversy, as all 10 players had to play the whole game, as there were no substitutes.
“We were short-staffed today, as always, but we took what we learned from the weekend and were able to put it into team play,” said Jeff Kitts, head coach for the Royals. “We still have lots to learn. When we get into that full field there is a lot more to cover and more people to cover.”
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