On Saturday in Cincinnati, the Port Clinton boys U10 soccer team played in the Ohio area state tournament in Cincinnati. The final score, after double overtime and a shoot-out, was Fairfield, 2, Port Clinton 1. The Port Clinton team lost, and it won. It lost the game to number one seeded Fairfield and it won enriching experiences and lessons. During regulation play, a Port Clinton goal was disallowed on a controversial off-sides call. In the shoot-out, there was another controversial and game-deciding call.
By all reports coaches Abby and Steve Lukac and the boys’ parents made the choice to support and encourage the boys through the disappointment, rather than dwell on the controversy. After the game sponsor Dana Stahl provided a pizza dinner for the team. Then the boys were read a letter from Port Clinton Redskin head soccer coach Paco Romero congratulating them on making it to state, followed by the presentation of a Port Clinton Redskin soccer jersey for each player.
These future Redskins came away with the experience of a memorable season, a memorable weekend in Cincinnati, Redskin jerseys, and memorable soccer and life lessons.