Alta-Aurelia's Kevin Hernandez (10) controls the ball against two Storm Lake defenders during recent junior varsity soccer action. A-A began its first soccer program this spring and is playing a JV schedule. Photo by Dan Whitney
Someone once said, "It'll be a cold day in ____ before Aurelia or Alta ever has a soccer team!"
We don't know what the temperature was down there last week, but there was a brisk breeze in Storm Lake, as Alta-Aurelia played the very first soccer match in the history of either school - a Junior Varsity match against the Storm Lake Tornadoes.
The teams played two 45-minute halves, but no score was kept, since it was an exhibition match.
Alta-Aurelia's Ali Held (26) fights for ball possession during recent JV soccer action against Storm Lake, Photo by Dan Whitney
Alta-Aurelia coach Will Dible said, "I think we had a great game overall. For many of the kids, it was their first organized soccer game ever - or the first organized game they had since they were in elementary school. A team in that situation, which has only had about a month's worth of practice, would normally be expected to have gotten beaten fairly badly. Instead, we actually had a pretty good game.
"Our offense looked very together, and we were able to see some flaws in our defense that we are going to address. Again, the kids played with their all, which is what you want to see as a coach, and it makes me proud to be their's. Mostly, they all enjoyed themselves, which was the whole reason we started this program in the first place."
Dible also mentioned that, although Storm Lake ended up with a fair number of goals, Alta-Aurelia's goalkeeper, Ben Sand, had an "amazing save percentage."