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A Look At Game 4
Apr. 13, 2018
This Saturday the Ocala Hurricanes take on Kevin Gorman's royal blue squad, to be coached in his absence by league director Bobby Herndon, staging a matchup of the last two undefeated sides in Big Sun's U15 Division. Both sides have piled up 11 goals in the first three matches, but unlike the blue squad which has allowed four tallies, the Hurricanes defense stands alone as the only solid wall in the league, with all three of the league's shutouts notched on their goalposts.
"Three no-nos to start a season is a first for me," said Coach Miley in his 17th season coaching high school and youth levels. "For this level, we are doing more fine tuning on defense than the average bears. We have hammered our diamond defense repeatedly in practices. They know how to work together and take a lot of pride in holding down our back third of the pitch. They're also good at sending the battles elsewhere for our midfielders and strikers to take the day."
A tough obstacle for the Hurricanes to overcome this match will be the absence of three key players due to family events elsewhere. "We will be missing the Minami brothers and Q (Nathan Quiroz)," Miley notes. "Anthony and Daniel have been a big reason our left side has been too explosive for any squad to handle, and Q has been marking out and shutting down the top strikers we've faced. Even without those three boys, we still have a persistent passing team with a solid work ethic. With only one sub, we will need everything from everybody. Not the best time to be missing three key players as we face our top rival, but that converts to a perfect opportunity to reach down for who we are together. We will see this squad again for our final match, hopefully with all of our players, but this is an early invitation for us to stand up for our identity together."
The Hurricanes look forward to some rowdy support as they kickoff at BSYSL Field 2 in Ocala, on Saturday the 14th, at 11:00. Bring cowbells and noisemakers! Players should report to the team bench, geared up and ready to go at 10:15.
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