Soccer is supposed to be fun.
And Stegman’s Old Boys MRSL team and supporters had a lot of fun on a beautiful Sunday evening in Hopkins. Though the Blues succumbed to a heart-breaking 2-3 loss against an execrable BEEF United side, the supporters were in good voice – fueled by tasty Surly beverages – and the team was clearly enjoying the game.
The same couldn’t be said about their opponents.
BEEF United, who were doing their best to caricature Italian soccer players at their worst, were whining, jawing, crying and diving from the first whistle. Their lack of sportsmanship resulted in one sending off, and it is hard to understand just why they play the game if they take no evident enjoyment from it.
Fluke goals were the order of the day for the visitors, and to their credit they took their chances, but the Blues will be disappointed that, despite having the better of the opportunities they were only able to score twice.
Time and again the Old Boys were in the United penalty box only for the shots to cannon off of United defenders. A post was hit, and two shots went agonizingly wide.
Luke Clayton was on form, scoring twice. His second was a thing of beauty, with Graham Campbell – who was a menace down the left wing the entire game, over and over embarrassing the portly United right back – delivering another quality cross and Clayton giving it a cultured touch into the far side of the net.
But sometimes you don’t get the breaks.
The Blues didn’t get them this time, but with strong support and lots of beer, it was a great night out and a lot of fun.
Which is what soccer is supposed to be about.
Stegman’s Old Boys (4-4-2): Horstman, Erzberger, Hoedeman, Johnson, Gorrell, Campbell, Riggott, Farrell, Haueter, Tesch, Clayton
Subs: Pomeroy, Savitt, B Larson, Shanafelt, Delain