After a season-opening shellacking, Coach Bob Heyer’s U19 Boys "Magic" were happy to get back on the field during Week 3 of the BRYC season, (just Week 2 for our U16/19 Boys SFL teams) to prove they were better than that. On a Saturday when most BRYC squads were sidelined by the rain, the boys did just that against a strong squad from McLean.
Dressed in their distinctive gray and black striped jereys (ala Inter Milan or Argentina...and soon the BRYC Spring 2011 All Stars!) Magic played an exciting game in spite of the cold, wet weather, filled with highs and lows and once again validating Heyer’s "two minute Magic Rule" which says that within two minutes of a score, there is a high potential for another one. In this case Heyer believed that just because his men had given up a late goal and were down by one, they were likely to either tie the game...or lose by two...and he hoped it wasn’t the latter!
Heyer noted that the first 15-20 minutes of the contest were helter-skelter kick the ball with no purpose before the team began to settle down and get the ball off their feet faster...and to another Magic player! The Magic scored first. In the second half they let in a couple of high balls but in the first demonstration of his rule, Magic pushed in two of it’s own, back to back, in rapid succession. With the score tied 4-4, McLean’s last goal came from a corner kick which Magic believed went out of bounds only to come back in the field of play to be headed in. Heyer later reminded his players that sometimes referees don’t see everything, and "life ain’t always what it should be, but you have got to live with it!" And then there was that two minute rule again, as Magic came back to even the score at 5-5 before the final whistle.
Heyer was thinking Magic could have win it, but happy enough to settle for the draw in the miserable conditions. He and assistant coach Nick Gardner were also happy to hear that final whistle. They were both freezing cold. At least the boys had gotten to run around the field! In a Magic tradiiton, a parent snapped a photo of the "motley" crew before everyone headed for home.
Enough with the rain and cold, already. Magic and every other BRYC squad are looking forward to some better weather when action resumes on April 30.