The Waukee Warriors played their first post season game on Wednesday, May 24. The Warriors took on the Roosevelt Roughriders.
Unfortunately, the Warriors season has come to an end with the Roughriders’ 1-0 win.
The game was fast paced as soon as it started. The Roughriders were able to control the ball right away, but the Warriors shot the ball first. The shot missed the goal, though, and the Roughriders earned the ball back.
Once the ball was back in play, the Roughriders held possession for a while, but soon the ball was flying up and down the field, constantly switching possession.
With the ball switching possession so often, fouls kept being called. Soon, the Roughriders took full control and were shooting at the Warriors goal. Luckily, none of the shots went in.
After a few more shots, the ball was switching possession again. This time, the ball didn’t cross over the center line much as the Roughriders defense wouldn’t allow it.
With both teams’ defense keeping the ball from going into the goal, the first half ended 0-0.
“I thought in the first half we were pretty tentative, doing a lot of defending, but we made some adjustments at halftime,” said coach Carlos Acebey. “I told them that they make sure they understand that it’s very honorable to stay defending, you need to help your teammates, but at some point in time have to let people do their job and to a certain degree you have to pass on responsibility that isn’t yours. I felt that we had a better understanding in the second half, but unfortunately they got the early goal. I thought we did well, we were causing some problems for them getting forward more so than we did in the first half. However, we were down a goal and we were chasing that allusive goal to tie the game.
The Warriors’ offense picked up the second half and the Roughriders started the second half with a foul, allowing the Warriors to hold possession.
Unfortunately, the Warriors’ offense soon turned into defense as the Roughriders took the ball back down the field.
Just five minutes into the half, Eddy Fernandes shot the ball at the goal. The ball slipped past keeper Wesley Sanders and the Roughriders were officially up 1-0.
With the restarting of the game, the Warriors took the ball back down the field and Connor Wallace shot the ball toward the goal. Unfortunately it was stopped before it could make it into the net.
This shot was followed by two fouls called against the Roughriders allowing the Warriors to keep control of the ball for a little longer.
It wasn’t until the Warriors had a foul called against them that the Roughriders took the ball back to their side of the field. They took full advantage of this and shot the ball. Luckily for the Warriors, the ball flew up high over the net.
After the Warriors’ goal kick, with the help of his teammates, Sully Bolles was able to shoot the ball twice. The first was stopped by a defender and the second keeper Edwin Garcia had to jump high to stop. There was still 21 minutes on the clock.
The clock ticked down, with possession switching back and forth once more and both team shooting the ball.
Both teams’ defense then picked up and the game got rough. The referee was calling fouls against the Warriors and Roughriders on what seemed like every trip up and down the field.
The game ended with fouls and with the Roughriders leading by a goal. The Warriors season ended with a 1-0 loss.
“Unfortunately we had to play a team that I think is likely to win the State Tournament” said Acebey. “I felt that we were also capable of winning and think that our season proved that. We had one blip on the radar when we lost to Ames after beating Valley and I thought it was a lesson we learned. It’s always good, at some point in time, to face some adversity in the season. We learned from that loss and we responded fairly well. Overall, I’m definitely pleased (with the season) its basically been my best season in my 14 years and I think to the credit, the boys played very well throughout the season.”