With the exception of "10 horrific minutes," coach Richard Whitelaw says he's pleased with the performance of his Community School boy's soccer team this year. And with a good crop of returning players, he's looking forward to the 2007 season.
Whitelaw, whose Cutthroats won the consolation trophy at last week's 3A state soccer tournament, was referring to the first 10 minutes of the team's opening game at state with McCall-Donally, when the Cutthroats were outscored 3-0. Despite a valiant comeback, the Cutthroats lost the game 4-3.
"The rest of the time, they played really good soccer," said Whitelaw, whose Cutthroats finished the season with 17 victories, 3 losses and one tie. "Apart from 10 minutes of sheer horror, it was great," he said.
"You can't come into a game not mentally prepared, because good teams will take advantage of that," Whitelaw said. "If the boys look back and learn from that, then we can be really good. It's a hard way to learn a lesson—let's not repeat it next year."
With a host of returning players, Whitelaw is optimistic about the 2007 season. The team loses seven seniors, but will likely see the return of eight juniors, six sophomores and six freshmen.
Things are looking good," he said. "I think the boys coming in can do a fine job. We're all so excited—we can't wait to get out there and start running around again."
After 15 years at the helm of the Cutthroat boy's soccer team, Whitelaw is no stranger to success. He coached the Cutthroats to state championships in 1992 and 1999 and to a second place state finish in 2003.