By Davie Wong, Sports Editor
It’s safe to say that no one is happy about how the men performed last week, least of all the men’s team. Getting blown out sucks, no matter who you lose to. The team looked devastated after last week’s 6-0 loss to the Capilano Blues. They will need to bounce back strong. Unfortunately, it can be a little tough to do that. Mental fortitude and strength plays a huge role in any sport, for any team. It takes a lot of strength to bounce back from a loss like that, and I’m not sure if the men have shown they have that.
The loss marks the third time the team has gone down a couple of goals and given up. That can’t be happening. The team can’t give up before the game is over. They can’t just concede themselves to the loss and be content with winning the next one. This team wants to be a National Title contender, and in that tournament, one loss costs you your shot at gold. The team needs to buckle down and get mentally tougher, because if they buckle after giving up a couple of goals, Nationals is going to be the last thing they have to worry about.
Hopefully, the fact that they play the struggling Langara Falcons next will be enough to pick them up. The Falcons have yet to win a single game this season, and sit at the bottom of the PACWEST standings with two points. Hardly the supposed challenge of a rivalry match, but for the down and low Royals, it could actually be tough.
The last time the two teams played, it was the season opener for the Royals. They barely clipped the Falcons, scoring in an odd way off a quick tap free kick. It’s worrying to think about how close that game was, now that the Falcons are easily the worst team in the PACWEST. The Royals will really need to step it up.
I’m expecting six points out of the Royals this weekend. The minimum I can see them getting is four. Anything less and coaches Robby and Paul can go back to the drawing board because that’s pretty much a failure. For the emotionally charged Royals, a loss to the worst team in the PACWEST can really damage their morale. If they lose the first game, it wouldn’t surprise me to see them lose the second as well. If they really do lose both games, it may be a turning point in the Royals season. Of course, the atmosphere of the games will always help the home team. For the Royals, who play at home for the first since week one of the PACWEST season, a good atmosphere would give them the drive they need. Help raise their morale by coming out and supporting them as they take on the Langara Falcons at Cunnings Field on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.–