The Elsberry Lady Indians Soccer Team closed out the regular season with games on the road against Lutheran St. Charles on May 7 and Hannibal on May 12.
“Playing at Lutheran was a treat,” said Head Coach Hector Bencomo. “We got to play on AstroTurf. That always exposes a team’s real skill level because the ball travels faster and it is harder to control. Real grass always slows the ball down.”
Lutheran managed to get ahead in that game by a score of 10-0 and the contest was ended due to the mercy rule.
“We came so close to actually finishing that game that it was almost like a victory,” said Bencomo. “The game was stopped just four minutes before regulation time would have expired. That was the improvement we were looking for.”
Bencomo said his team has reached the point where they are no longer satisfied to just go out and compete, they want to win.
The game against Hannibal on May 12 was played without Tanner Bencomo and Passion Hunter-Edwards, who were unavailable due to other school activities.
“It makes a difference when certain key players are not available to play key positions,” said Bencomo. “Without those two girls we had a really hard time.”
As it turned out, Bencomo’s team did not get to finish that game either, but not because of a mercy rule.
“We only played the first half due to lightning,” said Bencomo. “It was ruled a complete game and we lost 5-0.”
Bencomo said that even though the game ended early, Hannibal gave his team the kind of tough competition that they can benefit from heading into districts.
“They were good,” said Bencomo. “They crossed the ball well and scored some pretty goals. I think the fact that our girls experienced that will help keep them hungry and keep them from getting passive.”
The Lady Indians will now move on to districts at Christian High School on May 19.