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Foothills finish strong

Mitch McCaw celebrates the 3-1 goal during the Foothills F.C. vs Lane United at Hellard Field in Calgary on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. The final score was 3-2 for the Foothills. (Photo by Kyle Meller)

Mitch McCaw celebrates the 3-1 goal during the Foothills F.C. vs Lane United at Hellard Field in Calgary on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. The final score was 3-2 for the Foothills. (Photo by Kyle Meller)

Even though the Foothills F.C. didn’t make the playoffs in their first season at the professional level, the Calgary team walked off the field proud.

In the last game of the season the team, who struggled all season to hold a lead, came out with a 3-2 win by surviving a late push from their opponent Lane United F.C.

The Foothills F.C. finish with a record of 3-2-7 (W-L-D), and secured a modest fourth place finish in the United States Premier Development League (USPDL).

“These are a local bunch of lads that we’ve taken out of the youth system here, and they’ve competed with guys down south,” head coach, Tommy Wheeldon Jr. said.

The first half was dictated by Lane United F.C., and their strong play helped them dominate possession.

This meant plenty of pressure for Foothills F.C. debutant goalkeeper, Mitch McCaw, who was given the starting job as both loaned keepers had returned to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The keeper was vocal to his defenders, helping to keep the offside line tight; hopefully the Chinooks Soccer Club product has a bright future ahead in the USPDL.

It was 1-0 at halftime, for Lane United, but the Foothills F.C. players were ready to show why Hellard Field has been such a hard place to play for away teams all season.

For the Foothills team at home, the best defence was always a good offense and it was no different against Lane United.

A quick three goals in the span of a half-hour gave the team, and their fans, all they needed for one last win at home.

Wheeldon Jr. hopes that given the disappointment on the national scale, with both Canadian teams failing to live up to expectations, his team offers a bright spot for soccer on home soil.

“It’s a great event to be had.”

The focus now shifts towards the offseason for the team, and the coach has already identified some top priorities.

There are two to three position spots that need to be addressed over the offseason in order to have a good chance for playoffs next year, the coach believes.

“We’ll always promote in-house products.”

“But I do think the few imports we’ve got have made a difference.”

The top priority, however, is the players on the roster keeping fit while they’re either in school or working.

“The lads have got to look after themselves when they’re not with me.”

The coach’s thoughts on the first season are that it wasn’t a let down but with improvement they’ll be ready for next season.

“I want us to be bold. I always believe in setting a ceiling that’s attainable, but one that you can actually shoot for.”

 

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