“Never, never, never, never give up.” ~ Winston Churchill
After putting Chino Hills in a state of defeat on Saturday, but falling again to Claremont, a team who even in past years — inexplicably — has given the Flames teams a run for their money, it appeared as though our vacation in beautiful Mission Viejo would end, we just hoped, when the whistle blew at the end of a future consolation match for 3rd or 4th.
But not so fast. Sunday morning’s heroic win against Hacienda Heights lifted you second in your pool, just below North Torrance, just above consolation-bound Claremont, and on your way to the championship match. The irony is beast. We’ll meet Claremont again one year, just to set the record straight.
And in the final game, Flames fought so hard and played with an intensity, courage, and determination that fueled the cheering and oh-so-darn-proud sideline into exhilaration. But as we all know, soccer is soccer — some ref calls are right on; some ref calls are definitely off. Final score of the Mission Viejo Classic championship match: Flames 1, Mission Viejo 2.
As we took one of my favorite team pictures to date, it didn’t matter that the ribbons around our necks were red instead of blue. What mattered was that, as a team ON FIRE, we never, never, never, never gave up.
2 wins, 2 losses. June 4th & 5th, 2011
Next stop: First Annual Summer Sizzle, Apple Valley, California