Last Saturday night, at the end of a game and the end of the season, our lady Falcon soccer team laid on the ground, brokenhearted by an overtime loss to rival San Ramon. Both teams fought hard, San Ramon cam back twice from two-goal deficits, and ended up the victor early in overtime. It was painful to watch, I can only imagine how painful it was to play.
But what was more painful was listening to my fellow Falcon faithful, as they booed the referees when they left the field. I will be the first to agree that at least two major calls were dubious, and potentially cost the girls the game. But at this point, the game was over, there was nothing to be said. The girls lost a soccer game, but we lost so much more. We lost our class, our dignity, our sportsmanship, and our respect in one 30-second period. It does not matter how badly the referees may or may not have been, but we stood to gain nothing by acting in such a childish way, and we lost so much. As we look to teach our children integrity, we showed them that we are so bitter that we have none ourselves.
I will only speak for myself, but I would like to apologize for our actions to the referees, to San Ramon players and supporters, and to the NCS. I cannot control anyone else, but I truly hope that we will act better next time.