BIG WIN – Notre Dame Cougar Jerson Paez pushes the ball up the field during a match up against the Innisfail Cyclones last Friday.

High school soccer in full swing across City

  • May. 27, 2015 3:43 p.m.

The Notre Dame Cougars defeated the Innisfail Cyclones 4-0 last Friday evening at the Collicutt Centre.

The mid-season win sets the Cougars up nicely heading into play-offs. Head coach Humberto Aspillaga said the team is in good shape this season thanks to extensive training but believes the big win last week was due largely to the teamwork shown on the field.

“We were able to work as a team and do what we do in practice,” said Aspillaga following the game. “The most important aspect at the high school level is learning we all need one another and we need to be able to work as a team.

“If we do well it’s a combination of having the proper support from your teammates both on and off the field.”

He added a desire for the ball and the passion to play are all necessary in addition to teamwork in order to win games.

“I work very hard as a coach to help develop players’ roles on the team, but at the same time you have to ensure you’re working together as a team and that’s really what we saw happening at Friday’s game.”

A bit of skill doesn’t hurt either, with the coach adding his team has a number of players who have played high levels of soccer including a player who ran a semi-professional career in Chile, a number of players also heading into their season with the Red Deer Renegades Soccer Club, and a number of players who play club soccer out of Edmonton.

It wasn’t skill Aspillaga was looking for at the beginning of the season however, adding their ‘try-out process’ may be a bit different than other schools in their league.

“One of the philosophies we have adopted at Notre Dame is that we never cut a player from the team – they cut themselves from the team by not showing up to practice.”

With that being said, Aspillaga didn’t make the practices easy, stating the process shows an athlete’s motivation and dedication, starting the season a month prior to their first game with early morning runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 a.m. Aspillaga added not only does it help show a players commitment level, it also helped get the teams’ endurance to a heightened level before the season.

The coached added society benefits from the hard work and dedication students learn while playing soccer.

“Kids want to learn and these skills are going to prove beneficial later in life,” he explained. “The things they learn in the field whether it’s learning to care for a fellow teammate or translating the hard work they do in practice into the work they do at school in the classroom – the benefits are endless.”

Aspillaga added he is happy with how the team is progressing and pleased to see the development of the player’s skills over the year and is looking forward to seeing how the team does come play-offs.

jswan@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

Tom Pyper’s life on the South Saskatchewan Pipeline

Red Deer man looks back on his time working on the Cantuar pump station

Central Alberta Theatre is gearing up to present Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s)

Opening night is April 20th with shows running through to May 5th.

Burman U prof publishes international development book

The Development Trap: How Thinking Big Fails the Poor looks to challenge perceptions

WATCH: Check out this week’s What’s Up Wednesday

A weekly recap of the week in news

WATCH: Red Deerian receives award for aiding RCMP officer in arrest

Lonnie Amundson, rugby player, tackled a fleeing suspect to help ailing officer

WATCH: Red Deer’s latest ‘Ghost’ statue unveiled at Servus Arena

‘The Face-off’ is the 11th ‘Ghost’ in the notable bronze series

Lance Armstrong settles $100M lawsuit with U.S. government

Disgraced cyclist reached $5-million settlement with sponsor U.S. Postal Service

Black Press Media acquires two new Alaska newspapers

New Media Investment Group to acquire the Akron (OH) Beacon Journal while Black Press Media takes on daily newspapers in Juneau and Kenai Alaska

UPDATE: No charges in found horses near Bentley

Responding Ponoka veterinarian says horses were in healthy condition.

Men arrested at Starbucks say they feared for their lives

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks, becoming viral video

Did a Canadian shoot down the Red Baron? A century later, debate hasn’t quit

Om April 21, 1918 two Canadians in their canvas-covered Sopwith Camel biplanes engaged the enemy

VIDEO: Canadian teen lands invite to Royal wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have invited Faith Dickinson, founder of Cuddles for Cancer

Ponoka County worries about Prussian carp in Gull Lake

Alberta Environment delays pumping due to at least 1,000 carp found near the pump channel inlet

Health committee cheers idea of national pharmacare program, but cost an issue

Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu says she fears costs could be far higher than $19 billion

Most Read