First off, congrats to UHigh on the win. They had an effective game plan and executed it given the conditions. It was unfortunate that the wind had such an effect on the game (for both teams). They played very direct from the back and were more aggressive than we were in the air and that made things difficult for us. We struggled to keep the ball on the ground and connect passes and they were well organized defensively, as they have been all year.
Having watched the replay of the foul that resulted in the goal, it was a ridiculous call for obstruction on a throw in that bounced 10 yds over both players heads while my defender was moving with the ball as it was going to roll out for a goal kick. The attacking player was not even making a true effort to get the ball. Having been in these games a few times over the years, I have come to accept that you are going to get what you get and it can't be an excuse. I thought the center inserted himself into the game several times for things that were not necessary, but in the end we did not score so we lost.
Not a fan of the venue this year in terms of the proximity of the fans to the field. I know we all want to be close to the action but if that is going to be the case, you have to supervise the fans. I had several players that were told to go to hell, your a ho, etc and I would imagine there were things that shouldn't be said from our student section as well. Add the parent that had to be escorted out by the police at the end of the game and it just takes away from the celebration for both teams and a few people ruin it for everyone. I expect and somewhat understand it from the students and think it is an important lesson to be able to perform under pressure in a hostile environment.
To my team, we only had four players that started in last years final return this year. We graduated ten players and five all state players and jumped up a division as well. So many players contributed and stepped up this year to get us back to the finals. I am proud of what we accomplished despite all the questions entering the season. To my four seniors this year, you played in three finals in your four years despite being from N. LA and not many players can say that. You have raised the bar tremendously and set a great example of how to compete, win with pride, lose with class, and put your whole heart into something. Nothing is free, nothing is given, and you have earned everything you have. This will serve you well in life.
Thanks to our students, faculty, staff, and parents for a great year. Four and a half hours away and we still killed it in terms of support. Loyola is an awesome place to be! See you next year!