’Canes lose a tough one to BCA
Last Friday, Sept. 13, I boarded the bus with the Block Island Hurricane’s soccer team on the way to play Barrington Christian Academy (BCA). Once we got up to the field, the Hurricanes had a bit of a rough start. Things started to pick up a bit after that, thankfully, and you could see the effort being put forth by the Hurricanes.
Oliver Mott exhibited excellent defense and wasn’t afraid to sacrifice his face to stop a ball (don’t worry, he was fine), and Delaney Schwarzer took endless blocks to the chest, head, and face, too, clearly earning her title as “the toughest person on the team.”
The team had multiple breakaways that looked promising but were always sabotaged at the last minute, and many calls were missed, so the lack of goals did not only fall on the ‘Canes shoulders. During the middle of the first half, a rainbow appeared over Block Island’s goal and gave, if not all the players, then at least the players on the bench, hope. However, the rainbow appeared to be a symbol for the other team. Mason Littlefield started in goal for the first few minutes, but once he was back out on the field, it definitely seemed to help.
A little over the four-minute mark, Littlefield scored not only the game’s first goal, but the Hurricanes’ only goal. It was quite a defensive effort for the remainder of the game by the ‘Canes and they did quite a good job. The ball seemed like it was purposefully kicked into the hands of the goalie, Tadhg O’Neill, because he always seemed to be there just in time.
Unfortunately, BCA scored three quick goals within the last few minutes to steal the win from the young Block Island team, and the ‘Canes left defeated with a final score of 3-1.
Back on the bus, spirits were not low, however. At times they may as well have been the opposite. The team didn’t seem to dwell on the negatives but instead congratulated everyone on what they did well, while only making small remarks here and there about having to work harder next time, evidently a good testament to the teachings and morals they learned from their excellent coaches, John Breunig and Kirk Littlefield.