The Knights suffered another heart wrenching loss against Jesse Remington yesterday, definitively closing the door on a potential championship.
The first half was full of back and forth action between both teams, with Mount Royal jumping out to an early lead, forfeiting it on a PK, and then recapturing it by the conclusion of the half.
In second half play, Jesse Remington was relentless in attacking our net during the crucial moments immediately following halftime. The momentum assuredly switched into their hands, and it was difficult for the knights to overcome.
Jesse Remington capitalized on a direct kick from roughly 10 yards outside the 18', with 20 minutes left to play, and then solidified their lead with roughly 5 minutes left on a breakaway goal, while the Knights were pressuring on offense.
At the end of the game, exhaustion was very apparent on the faces of our upperclassmen. They have put four hard years worth of work into this soccer program, and we resolved to allow them decide their own fate during their final year at MRA. Our younger players will receive the same offer when they reach the end of their high school athletic journey.
At the beginning of the game, our coach simply asked for their best effort. Win or lose, all that matters is effort, because we trust that God's Providence is always in complete control of our lives. Upon witnessing the depletion of their physical and mental strength at the end of the game, our coach was certainly very proud of their efforts. Although it can be troubling at times to exert so much heart and will into a particular activity, only to suffer defeat, we acknowledge that God is always shaping the depths of our souls, harvesting our efforts for greater purposes than simply sports.
Our Lady of Victory, Pray for Us!