By Steve Reames
Department of Math and Computer Science
Last week the SHSU men's soccer team (student run) voted me as the
faculty advisor. I thought I would take a couple of minutes out to
report on the team and my observations of last week-end.
First, I have never played soccer and know little about the game but I
learned quickly. The 15 member team is dedicated and talented and true
diplomats of our university.
The student coach (Joel Diaz) and I flew down to the University of
Texas-Brownsville, Texas on Saturday and then to A&M-Kingsville, Texas
on Sunday. The team, however, began driving a rental van at 3:00 am
Saturday morning in order to be at the game at 1:00 pm. The field was
hard and with bumps all over and the team was obviously playing against
some semipros (from Mexico-I wonder if that is legal?). A hard fight
was made by the team in sweltering 100 degree plus temperatures We lost
3-0 but with many many close scoring opportunities. I noted several
SHSU parents that made the long long trip to the border. They served up
valley oranges and Gatorade at half-time. I bonded with the guys that
evening with dinner and a social outing. Each team member were team
brothers. Laughter and comradery was obvious. They went out of their
way to socialize with the the U of Texas team.
On Sunday, we met with the same hot temperature but a better field for
play in Kingsville. Again the faithful parents were there in support of
them. The opposing university coach (remember, we have a student run
team) was pushy and degrading to some of our teammates but our team just
ignored the comments and played on. Several bad calls were made by the
sterilized referee but we ignored him. Real sportsman. The night
before our fine SHSU football team (the oval kind) had beat the socks
off of A&M Kingsville (especially in the first half), so they were mad.
Anyway we felt a 0-0 score was not bad...considering it was soccer and
they were horsey about everything.
Thanks to the parents for the oranges and the laughter and good spirit
of the team. My regret is that we only allow $1,500 a year for the
support of the team. Maybe we can join them this week-end at Univ of
Houston or here on campus against SFA (7:00 pm, Sunday at Pritchett
Field). Anyway, I am in until the count.
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Sept. 30, 1999
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