Post-Match Reaction

Some individuals have called my blog posts cheesy.

Well…

Get ready for a big pile of mozzarella.

First, I am so proud. I would say this is the proudest of you all that I have ever been, but that would be a lie. I am always, always proud of you. Everybody on the team, present and at home tonight, I am proud of you.

Time for some cheddar.

In the course of our human lives, we have chances to be a part of something. Something special. Something bigger than ourselves as individuals. Tonight, our team had a chance to be a part of something.

Our team entered the match against Grayson County having never defeated this bitter district rival. Yes, we had come close before several times, but they always had our number. Last year, when we lost a heartbreaker 2-1 in the district tournament, I remember feeling odd…we had played well enough to win, but we had lost.

We all cried that night because we knew that a chance to make history had passed us by.

Earlier this season, in a match that saw our captain Kara Wall go down with an injury, we played our hearts out and lost by that same scoreline, 2-1.

We all cried that night because we knew that a chance to make history had passed us by.

Tonight, as we circled up prior to kickoff, I did not have much to say. You will remember my words. I simply said:

“Girls, at some point in history, Breckinridge County will defeat Grayson County in soccer. You have a chance to be a part of that tonight. Do you want to be able to say you were there and made it happen?”

I did not share this with you at the time, but when you all responded “YES!” I knew we had a good chance to win. I knew we had more than a good chance to win. I could hear it in your voices. You were tired of losing to this opponent; you knew that we had it in us to do it.

I then took up the best seat in the house to watch. The first half was awesome. We created chances, and we scored a goal to give us a lead. Halftime came. You will remember probably one of the briefest team talks I have ever given. I said simply:

“Right now, we have the game if we do not allow them to score. Do you want to be on the team that defeats Grayson County for the first time?”

I did not share this with you at the time, but when you all responded “YES!” I knew.

I knew.

You all sounded like you had confidence – true confidence. Not arrogance. Confidence. “We can do this,” you thought.

You were right.

We defeated Grayson County 1-0 for the first time in school history.

History was made.

Where are my Kleenexes?

–Coach (Mr.) Garrett

As a note: This win, and this season, is dedicated to #11. We love you, Kara.

One Comment on “Post-Match Reaction

  1. Way to go Lady Tigers!!! Never lose faith in your ability!! It is never over until the last whistle blows!!!!

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