Scheduling concern creates quirk in boys' soccer
August 29, 2013Western Alamance High School
Story courtesy of the Burlington Times-News
Story excerpt below, click here for full story
When Western Alamance coach John Pardini talked with Eastern Alamance coach Jason Speicher after Tuesday night’s game — a 2-1 victory for Eastern Alamance — Pardini joked that he didn’t want to reveal anything too vital about his boys’ soccer team.
There was a twist that devalued Eastern Alamance’s victory: It was a game between Mid-State 3-A Conference teams that had no bearing on the league standings.
Coaches in the Mid-State 3-A Conference decided that the first round of games within the conference wouldn’t count toward league play.
Some league members will play each other twice, but only the second meetings will count as conference games.
“I wasn’t giving away any secrets or tricks that I have,” Pardini said of what he told Speicher. “Definitely managed the game a lot differently.”
The addition of Northeast Guilford to the Mid-State 3-A Conference meant teams would have been playing 16-game conference schedules if a full home-and-home set-up was in use.
That would have created a few more busy weeks than Speicher, among other coaches, would have preferred.