Will Vikings be overconfident this time?


We don’t know what the score will be Saturday night when Montgomery meets Casa Grande for the North Coast Section girls Class 3A soccer championship.
We don’t know who will score.
We don’t know how long the game will last.
What we do know is that Montgomery head coach Pat McDonald, at some point in the game, probably several points, will get excited.
He’ll run. No, make that sprint, from one end of the Vikings’ bench to the other.
He’ll shout, usually instructions, until he is hoarse.
He’ll cheer.
He’ll applaud.
Face it, McDonald would be a great coach to be “miked” on the sidelines.
But prior to all that and prior to the excitement, he’ll low-key his squad.
“We’ll just kick the ball around for about an hour on Friday afternoon,” McDonald said. “And talk about the game. Then we’ll meet on Saturday at about 2:30 in the afternoon. The girls will go into the school gym by themselves and talk it over. That’s what we always do. Then we’ll leave for the field at about 3.”
Game time is 5 p.m. Saturday at Ernie Nevers Field.
It’s all getting old-hat for McDonald. Eight seasons as the Montgomery head coach, three NCS titles (’03, ’04, ’06).
His adversary Saturday night, Vinnie Cortezzo at Casa Grande, is one-for-one in terms of NCS crowns (’07) as the leader of the Gauchos. And that win came a year ago over McDonald and the Vikings.
“Absolutely, we entered last year’s game overconfident. That team was more talented overall than this one, but we were way too sure of a win and Casa proved us wrong,” McDonald admitted.
“This will really be a new experience for a lot of our girls. They haven’t been involved in anything like this before. A championship game is something different altogether. Only (Selam) Solomon and (Emily) Mitchell started in last year’s finals.”
Saturday night he’ll get a chance to see how good his 19-3 Vikings are against the 17-1 Gauchos.
The two teams played on Aug. 29th, before either coach had finalized a starting linup, and Casa won 3-2 on their home field by scoring a goal with 10 seconds left in the game.
The Vikings will be out to change that result Saturday night.
McDonald will probably field the following lineup for Saturday night’s championship game:

Goalie: Alexis Sciacqua
Left back: Ali Archer
Center back: Alex Coffaney
Right back: Emily Mitchell
Right mid: Camy Pearson
Left mid: Mackenzie Komrij
Center mids: Breanna Taylor, Kelly Schnur, Julianna Kelm,
Forwards: Selam Solomon, Kareli Rodriguez.