It did, however, find the back of the net for the Cobras who found a goal from Australian Zachary Allevi in the 60th minute. That proved to be the game winner. Despite countless subsequent opportunities, DACC (0-11 overall) failed to convert.
“We just had to compress as a unit,” said Danville native Zach Downing, who held down Parkland’s defense along with Demarion Hatfield, who also starred for the Danville Vikings. “In the first 20 minutes of the game, the field was spread and we were compact. That allowed them to have time and space on the ball. Then, we started compressing more, and it made it more difficult for them to come at us.”
It was Downing’s first game competing in Danville since graduating from Danville High, and while he has been part of an historic season for the Parkland Cobras (10-1-3), he was glad to be a part of what was possibly DACC’s final game as a program.
“It feels good to be back at home,” Downing said. “I really enjoyed playing here for DACC’s last game. It will be memorable. I’ll have this memory in the future. It just felt good playing in front of people I know.”
Barney is not completely giving up hope that the decision will be made for the soccer program to return next season, but in the event that it has been eliminated, players scheduled to return next season are keeping their options open to play elsewhere.
Despite going winless on the season, Molina is confident that his teammates will be able to continue their soccer careers.
“As a sophomore, I admire many of these kids,” Molina said. “This team is really young. Almost 70 percent of the team are freshmen. They’ve done a splendid job this season. Me as a sophomore, I was just trying to be a leader, trying to express myself, trying to give the kids the confidence that they need to get better.