DANVILLE — In many respects, Danville Area Community College soccer coach Dave Barney couldn’t have asked for much more out of his team this season. They had heart, and on so many occasions, the Jaguars were well within reach of pulling out a close win.
Unfortunately, that never happened. They couldn’t get over the hump. And in what appears to be the final season of the program, Barney found only one word to describe DACC’s final campaign following its 2-1 home loss to the Parkland College Cobras.
“The best way I can describe this team is unlucky,” Barney said. “Sometimes our effort has been questionable. Tonight was an exception. We left it out on the field today.
“It’s not that we haven’t been in games, we just can’t get over the hump,” he added. “It’s not that we don’t have the opportunities to finish it, we just can’t finish the game with a win. But, you know, we played with our hearts on our sleeves today, and when you see kids upset about losing, you play as hard as you can, and if you lose to a team that was better today, that’s all you can ask for.”
The Jaguars’ opportunities came frequent in the second half of Wednesday’s loss, and they swiped enough momentum worthy of pulling out their first win of the season against a Parkland team that is among the best in the conference.
DACC trailed 1-0 at the break, but Max Geronzini tied the game 24 seconds into the second half on a breakaway. From there, it seemed as though there was little standing in the way of the Jaguars picking up their first win.
“We talked to everyone during halftime, and that’s what we decided to do,” DACC sophomore defender and captain Andres Molina said. “Every single game we’ve played, we seem to give up the first five to 10 minutes of the second half. This time we just decided we were going to leave everything out there the first five minutes, pressure as much as we could, and we got our first goal. We tied the game, and unfortunately, the ball just didn’t want to go in for us.”