Foothill varsity girls took their number 1 ranking in the nation into their game with Amador and evidently felt compelled to abandon commonly accepted norms of sportsmanship and in the process blew out Amador 9-0. I don't know what to make of this. The original post on the Amador sports web site (now since removed) that described the game explained that one of Foothill's players had 5 goals, and the Foothill starting back line remained in the game until the very end, probably to protect the shutout (?). I guess a 9 goal lead was not enough.
From the moment our kids learn to play soccer in Pleasanton they are taught that needless piling on like this is extremely poor sportsmanship. When you get 3 or 4 goals ahead, you just pass the ball around - no need for more scoring to embarrass the other team. Sounds like the Foothill coach missed that session of the Positive Coaching Alliance. Was this really necessary, Coach?
In contrast, Amador Varsity Boys Soccer played Foothill on Tuesday. With Amador leading 2-0 and with 20 min to go in the game, The AV Coach emptied his bench, including putting the backup goalie out in the field. The entire back line came out as a unit, likely costing the shutout. Foothill did score with two minutes to go, but the game was all but decided. Contrast that with FH coach's decisions.
I'd be curious to hear the justification for this display, in my opinion, of poor sportsmanship. Foothill's team is obviously outstanding, some say the best girls team this area has ever seen, but on Wednesday nite their fabulous ability was overshadowed by some poor decision making. On this nite they did not represent Pleasanton well.