Ranger girls fall, but heartened by program growthOctober 21, 2013
From Herald Staff Reports
Forest Park girls soccer coach Amanda Sicard’s message to her team and her seniors was light and simple midway through the Rangers’ Class 1A regional contest against No. 4 Lawrenceburg on Saturday.
“(I told them), ”˜You have to enjoy the last 40 minutes,” Sicard said. “Not like we couldn’t win, but, in reality, ”˜Just go out there and have fun together. Seniors, enjoy this last half. Try to get a goal.’”
It was an anticlimactic end to an improbable postseason run for the Rangers, who succumbed to the Tigers 6-0 in Lawrenceburg. When Sicard gave her message, the Rangers were already facing a 4-0 halftime deficit against the Tigers (15-3-2). Sicard said she was disappointed in the team’s play — pointing to the bus ride of more than three hours or 40-degree weather as possible reasons for the slow start — but admitted that ultimately, the Rangers just ran into a very talented squad.
“They were just a very good team overall,” she said. “Very technical, very quick on and off the ball.”
The loss ended a season in which the Rangers earned the program’s second sectional title with a 2-0 win over North Harrison. In that sectional, they also exorcised some demons with a 2-1 sudden-death penalty-kick win over rival Heritage Hills, avenging two previous tournament exits at the hands of the Patriots the last two seasons.
For the Rangers, the loss came as a letdown, but the real mourning came with the end to a dramatic season.
“I don’t think they were upset about the loss, I think they were upset the season was over,” Sicard said.
“I said, ”˜Hold your head high. You’re only the second team in school history to win a sectional. Feel proud of that,” she added.
It was a disappointing end, but Sicard pointed to the success of both the girls and boys programs — Forest Park’s boys captured their first regional title Saturday across the state in Fort Branch — as a launching point for her team.
“Hopefully people will realize that (boys soccer coach Brent Sicard) and I are here to ... make this a winning program, like our basketball team, our track team,” Sicard said.
“We’re here to make it one of our top sports in our high school and we’re trying to build a program and hopefully have a better feeder program. But it comes year by year. Both boys and girls won a sectional. ... I think people will see that we’re trying to build.”
More on DuboisCountyHerald.com
There are many advantages to fishing from a kayak.
A couple of familiar themes resurfaced Saturday for the Forest Park boys basketball team in...
Through ups and downs, Forest Park's five seniors are getting the perfect send off after a...
Scouting this season’s area softball teams.
During the postseason, teams will do whatever they can to make sure they have a little luck on...
Size and defensive pressure are two of the main reasons the Forest Park boys basketball team is...
Youth turkey season is my favorite weekend of the year. My oldest daughter, who is 12, has...
Thirty-two minutes. That’s all that now separates the Forest Park boys basketball team from a...