Mea culpas to Petaluma girls…

SoccerBlog got a little excited Thursday morning. Had to scurry to the closest dictionary to see exactly what the word “mediocre” meant.
According to the Second College Edition American Heritage Dictionary: mediocre – moderate to low quality, average.
OK, OK … mea culpas to the Petaluma girls team.
Wednesday night you were not “mediocre”, and you were what was written about you in the second part of the sentence in an earlier item. It went something like this: “He (Petaluma head coach Ralph Montes) has taken mediocre talent and made them into a superb team.”
And that “superb team” took defending champion Casa Grande all the way to the brink of defeat before losing an NCS semifinal match 1-0.
“We had a couple of really good opportunities early in the game,” Montes said, “and if we score on those it might have been over early on. But it just wasn’t meant to be.”
The Trojans only lose one starting senior (Kirsten Hilbert) and they should be better next year.
“We have a lot of underclassmen on the team,” said Montes, who plans to return in 2009. “I even took Kirsten out of the lineup for awhile last night to get a feel for what it will be like to have all returning players coming back and they looked just fine out there.”
The Trojans came close, even with their “non-mediocre” talent they almost surprised the Gauchos.
But Petaluma will always be able to look back to Sept. 17th. That’s the day they handed Casa Grande its only loss, so far, of the season, 1-0 at Petaluma.