Boys Varsity Soccer
Lions Fall in Heartbreaking Fashion in MIAC Tournament
By Joshua Woolverton
The MACA Lions suffered a devastating loss in a shootout following a 0-0 tie to Covenant Life in the Maryland Independent Athletic Conference Tournament finals. The shootout went to the seventh round before Covenant Life ultimately claimed a 4-3 victory and took home first place in the conference.
“Intensity and persistence is what characterizes this team,” Covenant Life coach John Bronson said. “We are grit. It doesn’t always look pretty…but the boys like it and know it pays off.”
The grit paid off as the refs let the boys play in the final game. Few penalties were called despite a very aggressive atmosphere. Both teams were forced to adjust to the physical play.
“Soccer is a physical game and it’s going to get chippy sometimes but I thought it was a well-played game and congratulations to Covenant Life at the end,” MACA coach Aaron Schuetz said.
The physical nature of the game forced the teams to be very defensively oriented. Both the Lions and Cougars traded time spent in the offensive zones, but neither team could manage to put the ball in the goal even after two overtime periods. It was a constant battle of possession throughout the night.
“We kept our composure the whole time and I was proud of the way we played,” MACA senior Jacob Brethauer said. “I was proud of these guys and their hard work and mentality going out there and giving it their all.”
While the shootout did not go MACA’s way, Schuetz could not have been more proud of the way his team played.
“I thought they battled and played with heart and did a lot of things right,” Schuetz said. “Defensively they were rock solid and overall I don’t know that we could have played any better...they played like heroes.”
MACA boys soccer will have to wait until next year to try and build on this season and capture the MIAC Tournament victory, however, their season is not over as they turn their focus to the State Tournament that begins on Tuesday.