Let me tell you a story. I may have told you before, but I want to tell you again.
When I was in college, I played a lot of basketball. One of my friends, Josh, and I played together quite often, and we developed great chemistry on the court. It helped that he was my roommate and one of my best friends, but we just clicked together. It was a great time to be alive.
Anyway, we were playing a game one day against a team that we should have been easily beating, but we were losing. I tried a no-look pass to a teammate who missed it. Our next trip down the court on offense, I was open and (being somewhat of an accomplished 3 point shooter), I called for the ball. Josh did not pass it to me, instead shooting himself. He missed.
As we jogged back on defense, I passed him and muttered “Come on, man…” under my breath. He responded with “Are you talking to me?” I should have not said anything, but I said “Yeah. Pass me the ball next time,” to which he replied, “Why? So you can throw a no look pass and turn the ball over?” The long and short of it is that we had a verbal spat on the court that day.
Later, things weren’t right between us, and I knew I was in the wrong. I went to him and apologized, and he was kind enough to forgive my rash behavior.
I tell you that story to say this: There will be times where we have disagreements on the field, but that is where they have to stay. On the field. I have been around a lot of groups in the past, so you can believe me when I tell you that the bond we have as a team is a special one. Yes, we will have disagreements. Yes, you may get upset with me during the season, but I want you to know that I care about each and every one of you.
I cannot wait until Thursday, because that is when we are going to turn our season around. Let’s do it together.
Coach (Mr.) Garrett
Hello all! This week’s information is below…
HOME vs. Warren East
Kickoff: 6:00 PM CST Varsity Only
ALL players will meet in BCHS Commons at 3:30. We will walk as a team over to the field to change in the changing rooms and then begin our routine.
Training after school until 5:00 PM CST
All players should be ready at 3:00 PM at the practice field.
AWAY vs. Butler County
Kickoff: 5:30 CST Varsity Only
Address: 227 Helm Ln, Morgantown, KY 42261
ALL players will stay after school and meet in my classroom. We will board our bus around 4:00 for our trip to Morgantown.
It’s going to be a great week!
Coach (Mr.) Garrett
I’m proud of you after tonight’s game. I was proud of you during the game. I want you to know that. Each and every one of you played hard tonight, and that is all we can do.
We came up short. Were they better than we were? Tonight, yes, they were. That does not mean we need to hang our heads, though. We can all learn something from tonight, myself included. I already have things to share with you the next time we come together.
Until that day, keep working hard in all aspects of your life. Things are starting to click for this team, and no one will want to play us once we are firing on all cylinders.
Until I see you again,
Coach (Mr.) Garrett
This is a video that explains closing down really well. Watch this video and internalize what he says (if you have not already internalized what I told you in practice)…
This is how matches are won and lost right here. If we can defend, we will win.
There are moments in all of our lives where we are forever changed. We do not know when those moments are coming, and, in a way, that is why they are beautiful. The suddenness of something, the unprepared feeling that we have, combines with the situation to create events that will impact us for the rest of our lives. Does all this sound pretty philosophical? Let me give you some concrete images to illustrate this.
The year was 2013. The month was January. I was one semester into a two-year MA program in English at Western Kentucky University. I had just finished the first 3 of my 11 courses in the fall, and I had done more work than I did in 4 years of undergraduate work (but that is a story for another day). Anyway, I had a class that met on Monday nights called “The Romantic Period.” When I had been an undergraduate, I hadn’t really given much attention to the writers of this era (Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, Blake, Coleridge, Keats, etc.), but I wanted to give them a chance. Anyway…
I am sitting in the classroom when a man, the professor, walks in. I did not know him yet, but I had heard he was a very tough dude grade-wise. Not knowing what to expect, I sat there and watched him as he walked to the front of the room. Without saying much other than hello, he turned on a YouTube video of a song (Albatross – Fleetwood Mac) and let it run. The music was pretty chill, and, as the scenes unfolded behind the music, I remember thinking “hey…this may just be all right! I think I can get into this stuff.” Long story short, that ended up being my favorite class during my time at WKU, and I specialized in the Romantics, and that professor served as the chair of my oral exam.
The moment where it hit me, though, was that song. That first night of class. It resonated with me in a way that still stirs me to this day. I ended up downloading the song, and, as I drove home from that class (it met from 5:00-8:00 every Monday night), I would play it on my CD player as I cruised the streets of Bowling Green.
Why am I telling you all this? Well, as I said earlier, there are moments in our lives that happen and change us forever. I know that I am currently living one – being your coach at BCHS. You all inspire me daily with what you do. Seeing you act as leaders in the hallways, seeing you all bonding at practice, seeing you all encourage one another when times get tough, seeing you all grow closer as a team and as friends…all of those things inspire me to get out there every day and give it my best. I look forward to continuing to grow with you.
The thing about these moments is that they come about unexpectedly. I can tell you this – do not pass this opportunity up to grow as a team. The foundation is here, and we cannot be stopped. Cherish this time.
I’ll leave a link to the song for you in case you are interested (please don’t think I’m too much of a weirdo, though…)
See you tomorrow.
Coach (Mr.) Garrett
Fleetwood Mac – Albatross
As I return home from our game against Fairdale tonight, I’m full of emotions. First, I am so proud of our team after that display. The final score read 4-5 in Fairdale’s favor. Yes, we lost by a goal. Here is what happened.
In the first half, we were second best. Even thought we created a lot of chances, they were on top of the game score-wise. Halftime read 4-1 against us. We gave up two goals in the final 5 minutes of the first half, taking a 2-1 deficit and turning it into a 4-1 hole.
Now, it is at this point that most teams would give up. Maybe teams of the past would have given up. Tonight, though, our team did not give up. We came out in the second half and ran the show. We created chance after chance (a thrill to watch for our fans), and the other team was on their heels the whole match. We were right in the game to the final whistle. I want to highlight a few players here.
Bailey, your goal to cut their deficit to 5-4 gave us hope and allowed us to dare to dream. You consistently get yourself into great positions to score, and the goals will continue to flow.
Amber, your tireless work as our captain keeping our spirits up did not go unnoticed by me or anyone else watching. In the chaos of the second half, when we were flying all out in attack, it took a level head to keep us focused, and you provided it. A true captain’s performance, leading by example with a brace (pair) of goals yourself.
Kara, you continue to provide an attacking threat down the flank, and your curling shot into the corner was delicious to watch. You always put in a good shift, and I am continually impressed by your work rate.
Autumn, when the ball is at your feet, I am able to relax a bit, because I know you are solid with the ball. Your willingness to take players on is an inspiration to us watching, and we thank you for it.
Kelela, you put in good work in the midfield, and no one will ever accuse you of having a bad spirit. You constantly look to make the best of the situation, and that is what we need from you. Keep those spirits up!
Meghan, you were able to hold the entire midfield under control for the last 15 minutes as we chased an equalizer, no easy task, and you responded well to the halftime team talk. I am proud of that.
Sarah, though the other team was difficult to handle, your on field poise was great, and you constantly provided an outlet ball for Kara, creating several great passes in the process. Keep that up!
Leah, I cannot say enough about your hard work solidifying the back line. Your partnership with Sam is a joy to watch, and your individual grit and determination are an inspiration to the whole team.
Sam, Your energy and tenacity serve to set a great defensive tone for us, and you never quit on anything. I love your willingness to go in hard on a tackle, and your partnership with Leah is a special thing.
Olivia, in your first game back, you stepped up and provided great cover on the flank. You kept good positions, and you supported the midfield when it was required. I am proud of you, and I look forward to seeing you grow!
Paige, no need to hang your head. Early on you made a fabulous save when they rifled a shot straight at your face – you held it! Other goalkeepers would have struggled with that shot, but you made it your own. Great job! We will continue to practice.
Debbie, I love your attitude, and I also love your willingness to throw yourself into the midfield battle. You broke up several of their attacks, and I am confident that you will continue to do so into the future.
Justice, though you did not start, you provided good minutes in central midfield, and I am proud that you are on the team. Keep working hard, and you will get your chance to shine. Your attitude is a great one!
Abby, your positive spirit and absolutely unquenchable drive to play are what every coach hopes for! Keep putting in the good work, and you will get your chance to shine, as well! I am glad you are on our team!
Janie, your ability to make solid contact with the ball is a positive in both attack and defense, and you are not afraid to mix it up with the other team. Keep that energy at the forefront of your game, and you will continue to grow as a player.
Kirstin, though this may be new to you, you slotted in well in defense tonight, providing solid cover when we needed and maintaining a good shape. Keep working on your game, and you will see the results.
Riley, your professionalism is matched only by your pace. I promise you, if you continue to show the same drive, you will see a huge growth in your game. I am thankful that you are on the team, because you are a great example for everyone else.
Chelce, even though you did not play tonight, you still showed great focus for the game, and I know that you will be ready when I call on you. Keep coming to practice and working hard, and you will get your chance!
Isabella, even though you did not play tonight, I know that I will be able to count on you in future matches. Your progress through the warmup tonight was impressive, and I am glad to have you with us this year.
I also want to give shoutouts to assistant coach Beth Ann (the best assistant coach in the land), as well as Marcy, Jordan, and Teri (who did great work keeping the balls in play and keeping the game going). Thank you all for what you do!
Wait a minute…did I just highlight the whole team? You bet I did. That is how proud I am of you. We need to take what we learned tonight and put it all into our next match this Thursday. I know we have it in us to be champions, and we took a giant step towards that today. Keep your heads high, and I will see you tomorrow. I am thankful beyond all boundaries to have the chance to work with you all this season.
Let me end this post before I start tearing up.
Kickoff: 5:30 CST (Varsity only)
All players need to be in BCHS Commons at 4:00 PM
Kit: Home (White/white)
Socks: Home (White)
Hello everyone! As you can see, BCHS FC has a new home – its very own domain name! I plan on keeping everyone up to date with all of our goings-on, from matchday to training to bus rides and everything in between. Your support is greatly appreciated!