The Lakota East Thunderhawks traveled to Annapolis, Maryland, to take on the Bruins of Broadneck High School on Saturday. The team departed after school on Friday and made the trip via charter bus.
First up on Saturday morning was a special 90-minute team tour of the U.S. Naval Academy. It was a great educational opportunity for the players and coaches. “It was impressive to hear the history of the Academy and just see the phenomenal campus and surroundings.” said Coach McEwan. The tour itself would have been reason enough to visit Maryland, but the Thunderhawks had games Saturday night, as well.
Broadneck High School women’s team won the Maryland 4A State Title in 2015 and were defeated in the Final 8 last season. According to Coach McEwan, “We had more than a few people ask us once we arrived, ‘What are you guys doing in Maryland?’”
“Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to make some great connections in the soccer community and continually seek out challenges for our teams,” said Coach McEwan. “I spoke with Coach Hamm at Broadneck High School last year and we were able to put the trip together. Without question, this trip was not only the furthest distance from home, but also more of a logistical challenge.”
The JV team started the night, and started slowly at that. It was a back-and-forth battle the first half. The second half was all Thunderhawks. The game ended 5-0 in the Hawks’ favor as the JV team dominated the remainder of the game.
The Varsity team came up short 1-3. “Probably one of the most impressive teams we will play all season,” said Coach McEwan. “Without question, we gave up two preventable goals and that was unfortunate,” said Coach McEwan. As per their usual, the Hawks kicked up the intensity the second half and made it a game, coming away empty on several scoring opportunities.
“Am I disappointed in the loss? Without question,” said Coach McEwan. “You always want to win, but trips like these are more than just about the wins and losses. You hope that they bring players closer together and expose them to different styles of soccer. The compliments we received throughout the course of the weekend on the demeanor of our players, both on and off the field, speaks volumes about the character of our program,” said Coach McEwan.
“If you would have told me we would come up short in the game before we boarded the bus on Friday, I would have still made the trip,” said Coach McEwan. “It was an honor traveling with this group; they represented the Lakota District with pride!”
The Thunderhawks will be back in action on Wednesday at Princeton. JV kicks off at 5 p.m., followed by the Varsity match at 7 p.m.