Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Kozaks Keep Their Kool

Unbelievably, 8 players received a total of 10 penalty cards between a KIS Varsity Boys and Girls games a few weeks back. During the Girls' Varsity game alone, 4 of the yellow and both of the red cards were distributed.

The Varsity Girls' game started off with a couple of close shots at the goal, with one particularly close head on in the first several minutes of the game. Sasha fighting hard, had a collision and received the first of the many penalty cards. The score was 2:0 with Ukr2 winning, and at this point Ukr2 had received 1 of 3 yellow cards for the game. Then in the 12th minute of the second half, the Lady Kozaks were rewarded a penalty shot in the box.  Katja took the shot and made a beautiful goal, the one and only goal of the game.

After this, in about the 15th minute of the second half, the game got particularly nasty. The player from Ukraine2 who had received the yellow card, again received another yellow card, and this being her second yellow, she received a red card as well, and left the field. Again, in the last 6 minutes of the game another girl from Ukraine2 received a yellow card, and  lastly one girl was given a red card immediately from the official for foul language and was sent off the field. Even though our Lady Kozaks lost 7:1, they continued to keep their heads high, marching on, and most importantly remained good sports.

Even though only 4 yellow cards were given in the Varsity Boys' game in comparison to the 6 cards given during the Lady Kozak's game, the Varsity Boys' game wan't any less harsh. The first card was given to Alex in the few minutes of the game when he argued over an unjustified penalty. But then Alex calmed down and  focused on the game from that point on. Then, after the second minute of the game, Ivan scored with a nice assist from Haider. Maxi, the KIS goalie scored off of a punt in the 26th minute of the first half with assisted pressure on the goalie from Haider, making the score 2:1 in favor of the Kozaks.

In the 14th minute of the second half, number 11 from the opposing team finally received a much needed yellow card for his foul language. Many times during the game, he and several of his teammates had to be stopped and warn about by the officials. Vova, in the 16th minute, received an fair yellow card for simply a good hustle play on the ball. The last and final yellow card was given in the 19th minute of the second half, after a beautiful assist from Alex to Haider for the third and final goal, number 21 from opposition was given a yellow card for foul language.

Even with all of the yellow and red cards given throughout both of these games, whether it was a win or loss, both of our Lady and Gentlemen Kozaks remained calm, good spirited and remembered to keep their cool, which we as well as they should be proud of. Good sportsmanship is a bigger victory than a winning game.

By: Tim Roby