Gio Paletta (#5 Alberta) and Cody Reaume (#11 Yukon) contest the ball in what turned out to be a very high energy match
Photo By Brian Keith
Boys’ soccer kicked off in what turned out to be a very physical game Monday, with Northern Alberta eventually taking the contest with a 5-3 win.
“Indoor soccer has developed into a very physical sport. Back when we started, it wasn’t so much, but today the athletes are bigger and faster and more powerful,” said Yukon Coach Randy Frazer. “It’s no replacement for being a good technical athlete and a team player, but it is definitely a larger factor nowadays,” he said
Physicality was a big factor in this game.
“It was a rough game, a lot of pushing, but that’s okay,” said Yukon player Robin Lin, #4. Athletes played hard on the sidewalls most of the game, sometimes falling into them. Team Yukon suffered a casualty early on when player Nathan Wallace hurt an ankle soon after the game started.
“Hopefully it’s just a sprain. He’s going to get X-rayed and some physical therapy, and hopefully he’ll be back out again tomorrow,” said Coach Frazer.
The athletes weren’t the only ones getting dinged. During the high intensity game soccer balls were constantly flying into the audience, causing spectators to pay especially close attention to the action on the court.
Big scorers for team Alberta were #8 James Carr, #2 Albert Hills, #6 Ray Garcia and #7 Graham Clark. Yukon’s #10 Stephen Dynes and #16 Harrison Uewing made their team’s three goals.
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