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Focusing on the future for Foothills F.C.

Jean-Pierre Rodrigues-Lemos defends the goal during the Foothills F.C. vs. Seattle Sounders U23 at Hellard Field in Calgary on Sunday, June 28, 2015. The final score was 4-0 for Seattle. (Photo by Kyle Meller)

Jean-Pierre Rodrigues-Lemos defends the goal during the Foothills F.C. vs. Seattle Sounders U23 at Hellard Field in Calgary on Sunday, June 28, 2015. The final score was 4-0 for Seattle. (Photo by Kyle Meller)

Despite a real kick in the pants on Sunday, the Foothills F.C. have nothing to be ashamed of in their first season in the Premier Development League (PDL).

The 4-0 loss came at the hands of the Seattle Sounders U-23 team, who sit above them comfortably now in the third and final playoff spot.

The fortress Hellard field had been all season, finally came crumbling down in the biggest loss the franchise has endured.

“There’s a few things this season we haven’t quite got; however, look at the positives and we’ll build for the future,” Tommy Wheeldon Jr., head coach, said.

The Foothills F.C. came out strong, as usual, but when they got behind 2-0 in a short span they started to collapse.

Finishing chances has been the lesson so far this season, as playing from behind in a game like soccer is a very hard thing to do the coach said.

The coach made a few quick substitutions, which according to him didn’t pay off.

The gritty team Calgary had come to know started to take careless penalties, and the lack of experience became evident heading into halftime.

“I left at halftime to rally them around again. To say ‘look the next goal is important.’”

Unfortunately, the message fell flat, as the Sounders scored seven minutes after the second-half kicked off.

“Three nil is a hill to climb.”

Despite the loss, the Foothills F.C. played some of their youth as four 18-year-old players took to the field.

According to the coach, expect the playing roster to cater more towards the future in their last three games.

“We don’t have a realistic chance, mathematically, of making playoffs.

“Expect to see youngsters.”

The next two games are on the road for the team, but have one remaining game in Calgary on Wednesday, July 15, against Lane United.

“We’re not ones to just lick our wounds; we’re going to get on with things.”

 

 

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