Coaches hope for dry fields for Crossroads Classic
Jan. 8, 2014 at 11:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 7, 2014 at 7:08 p.m.
With a 30 percent chance of rain in the forecast Friday, the annual Crossroads Classic soccer tournament could get a little muddy.
The tournament starts Friday at 9 a.m. at three separate fields in Victoria: Memorial Stadium, Patti Welder Stadium and the practice field next to Memorial.
"Actually last year, it did turn into that (a mud bowl)," said East girls soccer coach Misty Boenig. "We're hoping there's some act of God that will dry the fields out a bit."
If the actual grass fields get soaked through, Boenig said there is a chance for delayed games so they can all play on the turf field at Memorial Stadium.
"There's always a possibility we will have to adjust the schedule to be on a playable field which could lengthen the tournament, especially for the teams driving in," Boenig said. "We're praying the rain stops and we can play the games as scheduled."
Victoria East, West and St. Joseph will all participate in the girls tournament. El Campo, Beeville, Bay City, Flour Bluff, Rockport-Fulton, Flour Bluff, Calallen, Incarnate Word Academy of Houston and Gregory-Portland will also be participating.
To make an even 12-team tournament, East's JV team will be playing as "Victoria Red" on Friday morning against Rockport-Fulton and Flour Bluff. West's JV team will be playing on Saturday under the same name.
East defeated St. Joseph last season in the championship game 3-2.
"A lot of those girls know each other through club soccer," said West coach James McCarter. "It's especially fun having East, the crosstown rival, and St. Joseph."
Both East and West played in scrimmages to help prepare for this start to their 2014 season.
"We've learned a lot during the scrimmages about what we need to work on, and those are the things we focus on in the practices," Boenig said.
With a squad of new faces, McCarter said the Lady Warriors have been trying to find their chemistry.
"We've done some game scenarios; the scrimmages have given them some practice and I think we're on the right trail of finding the right combination of girls," McCarter said.
With the tournament including many local teams, it serves as an opportunity to size up the competition.
"I know Beeville is coming off losing quite a few starters, so they're in a rebuilding year," Boenig said. "It's good for us to go against a team we don't know a lot about."
Inclement weather can put everyone on an equal playing field, Boenig said.
"I've heard before that certain weather can be an equalizer of teams," she said. "I've seen it happen, too. Playing on a muddy or a sloshy surface, it's a different game than a turf field that never changes."