The Spartan Brand: Blog 9 - The One That Got Away

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Blog Entry #9 (Saturday, September 27)
The One That Got Away

Hello and welcome to another blog. As you probably already know, we tied Santa Clara 1-1 on Wednesday night. It was a game that has left me with a sense of a missed opportunity. After a non-eventful first half where perhaps Santa Clara just shaded, the second half came to light. Junior (Burgos) set the tone by scoring a goal of pure awareness, superb execution, and great quality. After chasing back and winning a tackle, Junior proceeded to nutmeg a Santa Clara player before chipping the goalkeeper from the half-way line. I have been fortunate enough in my career playing with players at Chelsea and England to witness some great goals, but Junior’s was right up there with anything I have seen. It also shut the Santa Clara fans up!

After that we played a classic counter-attack game and had two or three great chances to add to our lead and get the win we deserved. Unfortunately, we failed to take those chances and were punished on a long throw we did not deal with. We played out overtime and got the 1-1. On reflection it’s not a bad result but leaving the field I was gutted. We deserved to have won that game and should have won that game.

There were a lot of positives to come out of the game though. Bobby Jackson’s performance on the left gave us an extra dimension with his pace. With him and Nick (Cukar) rotating on that side, we have great strength. And even though everybody performed well, I would like to single out Boyah’s (Kaar) performance at left back. Boyah has the unenviable job of replacing Fishie (Oscar Monjaras). We are hoping (Oscar) will be back soon. Boyah though, after a difficult couple of moments against Cal Poly, showed great character, and I thought he was excellent on Wednesday night. He is a popular member of the squad, so we’re delighted he is doing well.

On Thursday, we had a day off from practice. I, along with my central defensive partner, Sammie (Shore), went to Santa Cruz. We went with my roomie, former Spartan Ben Saunders. We just relaxed, played American footie (which I am not very good at) and got awesome burgers from this 60’s caf. It’s nice to relax and get away during the season when we can, and the beaches in Santa Cruz are awesome.

Well, thanks for reading another blog. As I write this, we are traveling to Bakersfield. We’re watching Sky Sports News on the bus, which is letting me know how my beloved Arsenal got beat today. Lewis (Sweeney) has the bragging rights now! I hate my life...ha-ha. I will be fine as long as we beat Bakersfield!

Go Spartans

Ed Brand