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Hurricanes Cruise Past #3 Red Squad in Scrimmage, 7-0
May. 12, 2018
On Thursday the early champion Ocala Hurricanes finished their final week of practices seriously, with a 7-0 scrimmage win over Coach Cesar's #3 Red squad.
Hurricanes Coach Fred Miley got even more than he expected from his squad this time. "We wanted their crafty strikers to run at our diamond, and they did at first, but our midfield quickly took over, and we followed our signature of wearing down our opponent with our passing, holding the ball on their end in the second half. We just wanted a tuneup, to end the season with the same character our kids have shown all along. As it turned out, it was a blow-out, and our seven goals came from seven different players, so I might build a conspiracy theory... Anyway that was #3 Red, and next is #2 Blue."
The 6-0-1 Hurricanes round out the season with Game 8, "the battle of the undefeateds". They face a rematch with the hungry Blue Lightning (4-0-3) who tied the Hurricanes in Game 4, 0-0, despite being outshot, 7-1. "We were playing some reruns of missed chances in our minds after that one," said Miley. "We kept their strikers at bay last time. They won't be as easy to handle on the narrower pitch, but we have a few surprises for them this time."
On Thursday Miley's squad looked as confident as ever, just being who they are: a hard working, passing team that believes in each other. "The great thing about this team is they all know they need each other. They have the GANAS for that little something extra every time. We take a level field and before we know it we are running downhill in the second half. This is because of our passing, and our drills keep them moving for the league's best conditioning. I don't mind saying I see way too much standing around and not enough soccer decisions under pressure when I look at some other practices. I would like to see our league improve with that. We worked the hardest in our practices and now we are ready to close out the season well with our top contender."
Neither side has tasted defeat this season, but Miley has his kids thinking on some bigger things. "Our kids know they will be remembered for how they finish anything, including this season. They consider this important, so I believe we will see them at their best."
With the title in the bag, and no strangers to having a target on their back, the Hurricanes players know this match is all about character, "and there is no shortage of that," assured their coach. "I told them their brand of soccer is the class of the league, so they can just bring that. They have learned that they can go toe to toe with older players and keep winning. That means something to them. I believe this group will finish in their own fashion, and sign their names on this match as champions."
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