Cyclones looking for gold at provincials
At the beginning of the soccer season, the Central boys team didn’t have a coach.
They practiced daily, just working on their skills and hoping to improve amongst themselves.
However, halfway through the season, the Cyclones picked up Jason Brown as their coach and he assisted in bringing the team together as one cohesive unit.
“I’ve been gifted. These kids are so talented and there is so many of them. Soccer is a big sport at this school and it has been fun to coach them,” stated Brown. “They just needed a bit of direction. All I’ve done is tried to expand their skill set and get them lots of touches on the ball and implement a system. Give full credit to the boys, they’ve done all those things…they have bought into the system and they are starting to play creatively with it and having a lot of fun with it.”
That partnership between Brown and the athletes helped propel them to a regional gold medal victory last weekend in Wilcox.
They played Notre Dame in the semifinal and battled to a 1-0 victory.
“That was a very good game. It was very contested and they were a good team. They pushed us right to the limit. We ended up getting that lone goal in the five minute overtime period. It was an awesome game,” said Brown.
In the final, they faced a familiar foe, theVanier Vikings, and won 6-2 to claim the title.
“It made us feel a little more comfortable because we know what we were up against,” said Brown. “It was a good game and they gave us a good run for our money. Our boys played really well.”
It was a weird season for the Cyclones, not only did they get a coach halfway through, but there is no actual boys league in the city. They competed in one tournament in Swift Current, where they placed fourth. They also played some exhibition games with the other local teams from Vanier and Peacock. They went undefeated in the city games.
“We had to send in all of our results for all of our games to get ranked for the regional qualifier,” stated Brown.
This is a similar core that the team had last year, including seven Grade 12s. They will be looked upon as leaders when they go to provincials in Munester this weekend.
“The Grade 12s are an integral to the team. They are leaders and great kids, too,” said Brown. “We are going to win.”
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