Blue Devil booters end season in district play
After making statement at the end of the regular season to get into the District 3-AA playoffs, the Blue Devil girls’ soccer team found the going rough in the post season. G-A’s foray into district competition was short-lived, but didn't take away from a promising season for the booters.
G-A gave ELCO all it could handle in the first half before the Raiders finally began to roll and secured a 5-0 shutout.
The Devils qualified for a District 3-AA berth with their 9-7-2 record. Injuries and the effects of a grueling season finally showed effects on the Devils after 65 minutes against the Raiders, who scored four goals in the final 25 minutes.
"We kept things close until about 15 minutes into the second half," said G-A head coach Greg Cole. "We were pressing and doing a lot of good things, but a season of wear and tear began to take its toll.
"Between the fatigue and our injuries, we just could not counter their speed."
G-A struggled to hold off a couple of speedy forwards for ELCO, who constantly pressured the Devil defense.
Cole said, "They had two incredibly fast forwards that gave us fits all night in the back. After they scored their second goal, they just came in bunches."
ELCO was the 15th seed and G-A went in as the 18th.
"It was just a different type of ball at this level," said the skipper.
"We will have to learn how to adjust to it since we will be seeing this type of competition every year that we make districts."