Both the Ben Davis boys’ and girls’ soccer teams fell in sectional play this season, with each squad advancing to the sectional final.
The Ben Davis boys’ soccer team missed its opportunity to put an exclamation mark on a season that had its fair share of ups and downs as they fell to the Pike Red Devils in the sectional final, 4-0.
“I won’t say I’m disappointed, but I do feel we didn’t play to our potential and as a coach I can’t control who is healthy and who is not,” Ben Davis coach Andrew Robinson said. “It’s tough to lose a game. It’s frustrating, but we didn’t play Ben Davis style of soccer. We didn’t show up.”
For the Giants, it was a mixture of missed opportunities on second chance goals and struggles on defense as Ben Davis could not stop Pike’s advance.
“We didn’t have the same intensity,” Rolinson said. “We were lackadaisical and instead of taking it to them we wind up down 2-0 at halftime. I reminded them, ‘you dictate your future — this is your last 40 minutes’ but we didn’t come out to play. We didn’t win 50/50 balls, today just wasn’t our day.”
Facing adversity was an added obstacle this season as the Giants battled injuries and finished the season below .500.
The 2013 season was one that could have been a lot more rewarding for the Giants but the plan moving forward will remain the same as Ben Davis continues to build a culture of winning.
“This season was a season of almost,” Robinson said. “We almost had every game. We outplayed Carmel for the first half when we played them, but we just didn’t finish. We played great soccer but great soccer doesn’t put the ball in the net. Next season needs to be a season of make it happen. We will keep doing what we have been doing even if it doesn’t give us the best results right away.”