Sacred Heart Prep played host to the early games of the North-South Challenge yesterday. I got to see most of them. So here are my quick, random thoughts and observations.
- Mater Dei is the class of the tournament so far. Even against a very strong Dos Pueblos team the outcome was not in doubt. A team of endless motion, jagged angles, speed, power, wicked counter-attack…they will be tough to beat in the tournament or any other.
- I looked very forward to watching Cathedral Catholic and they didn’t disappoint in this regard: a very resilient team coming back from 3 down to take Sacred Heart to overtime where they got two goals to win. A plucky group (undersized, I think) but overmatched against Mater Dei. Would be great to be proven wrong.
- Carlsbad is one of the most communicative teams I can remember. They may chatter their way in to the finals; they appear to be competitive with El Toro, which is very good. Solid is the way I’d describe them. Some wicked shooters and a very talented, though young, goalkeeper.
- Youth: Lots of 11th graders on these teams. Next year’s field will be loaded.
- Parents: Some matches made me wonder what it would be like to field these tournaments without any parents… Nothing egregious, but quite a bit of very unflattering chirping. One exception: sat next to a parent, a former collegiate star, and not a sound about the reffing. Nice.
- Picture this: imagine the how the game would look if the referees made every call that fans and coaches pleaded for? Ugh.