Feb 16 – Acalanes Boys Soccer Season Ends after NCS Quarterfinals

Acalanes Boys Varsity Soccer Success can’t be taken away with one final game!

Acalanes 0, Saint Mary’s 1

Acalanes Boys Varsity Soccer Success can’t be taken away with one final game! After a wonderful season for Acalanes Boys Varsity Soccer Team, their obvious success cannot be taken away with one final game loss! Though painful on the night, that loss does not diminish the tremendous effort all the boys put out in training and in games throughout an entire season. The boys attitude and competitive nature brought them win after win, leading to an entertaining preseason tournament cup success over Campo. Then steamrolling through the DFAL league’s 12 games with 10 wins, two ties and no losses which included another fine drubbing of Campo in the league opener. The non-conference match up with Ygnacio Valley at Acalanes was a thing of beauty. Both teams brought the house down with quick, decisive and incredibly creative soccer. That game might have ended, 1-1, but the memory of some of the passing sequences and possession orientated soccer that evening, all remain high points of a fine season. All culminating in quarter-final berth against a talented Saint Mary’s at Acalanes and the presence of the biggest home crowd of the season.

Though the Don’s had the better of the first half, in the last 10 minutes Saint Mary’s pushed forward and found a goal with practically the last kick of the half. Incredibly, scored by the very same Duncan Jones, who’s strike sent the Don’s packing last season too! The second half slugfest wasn’t pretty but in the final few minutes the Don’s tried their best to score and came close after two goal mouth scrambles that saw Saint Mary’s defenders clear the ball valiantly as the Don’s tried in vain to find the net. But it wasn’t to be and the large crowd left disappointed after a most unattractive game and loss.

It happens in soccer, where two teams are so similar and evenly matched and with especially powerful defenses and goalies, they simply cancel each other out, neutralizing each other, rendering any resemblance of the beautiful game null and void. That’s what happened on the night, in a match without any meaningful possession for either team, it seemed creative play and attacking prowess remained on the benches while a kick and run, body punching fight took place on the park. There is beauty in that style of soccer too, but only for the victor to appreciate. The Don’s have been that victorious team so many times this season and so there’s absolutely no taking that away from them with this final game, and only loss in a memorable season.

And so as 15 graduating seniors kicked their last ball in high school and fifteen families ended 10 years of driving to practice and games, 10 years of Cherry Island, Morgan Hill, Heather Farms, Lafayette Community Park and hundreds of away games all over Northern California and beyond. But as an era ends for some, talented young boys like Ian Franklin, Wilson Hall, Eric Sirott and others will take their place and soccer will continue at the fine Acalanes Soccer Program we’ve all been proud to be a part of.

Barry Allan Lee * Man on the Beat no more….