By Kim DeRaedt
If you missed Regals FC’s game yesterday, don’t fret. While you missed a great game of soccer, it was nothing that you hadn’t seen at a Regals FC match before nor was it something that you will not witness in the near future. Regals FC topped Texas Lonestrikers 6-0 at Maya Park to continue the team’s unbeaten run in Southern Premier Soccer League (SPSL) action.
There seems to be a common theme that surrounds Regals FC’s games: consistency. It’s all about the Regals, every Regal, all the time, every time. Saturday’s match was no different. The facts simply do not lie.
Regals FC played its first game at its new stadium, Maya Park, and the players quickly made themselves at home. Just three minutes in, Regals FC captain Jose Sibrian split two defenders, cut the third fullback and fired a 12-yard shot into the left side of the net past a helpless Gerardo Romero in the Lonestrikers goal. Twenty minutes later, Luis Licerio cleverly drew Romero out of the goal near the right end line and chipped the ball over him for a 2-0 advantage. Following the pattern, it was Rolando Matute’s turn after another 20 minutes ticked off the clock. Matute aggressively sprinted toward the net from the left side line and laced the ball in the far post to round out the first half’s scoring.
Remember, consistency is the name of Regals FC’s game, so it only made since that Sibrian would open up the scoring in the second half. Sibrian added his second goal when a loose ball conveniently fell to his feet inside the box. Without hesitation, he rocketed the ball into the right corner to take the lead to 4-0. What’s next? Exactly. It was Licerio who stepped up 20 minutes later with a sneaky near-post tally from distance.
However, nothing always goes as planned, so instead of Matute contributing the next time the team’s scoring timer went off, it was substitute Jorge Rivas who answered the buzzer. Rivas won a hard tackle that left the defender out of the play and Rivas in on goal. He quickly capitalized on the opportunity with an absolute blast that sailed into the near side of the net. Romero hardly had time to turn his head as he watched his team fall into a 6-0 deficit minutes before the final whistle.
The fact that four different Regals FC players found their way to the scorers’ sheet is no accident. Selflessness bleeds its way into the very core of the team character. Goalkeeper Jose Contreras inadvertently reiterated this reality after the game.
“I don’t know why you are interviewing me,” a humble Contreras said. “Those guys, my teammates, are the real heroes out there. I didn’t do anything.”
While Contreras was forced into just five routine saves in an otherwise easy outing, his relaxed performance is made possible only by a complete team effort. Indeed, it is effort that the team thrives upon.
“We played our hearts out,” Contreras said. “I couldn’t be more proud of these guys. The fact that we won shows our effort. The fact that four different players scored shows our companionship. There are no egos, no heroes, no selfish players on this team. We win as a team.”
Without a doubt, Regals FC wins, and wins, and wins again. After all, that is the definition of consistency. Through its first three SPSL contests, Regals FC has appeared nearly invincible by posting a 7-0, 11-1 and 6-0 victory respectively.
It’s tough to envision the team losing; it’s hard to imagine the players even being challenged. However, Contreras reminds us that consistency is as much of a necessity as it is a reality.
“We know that there will be tougher games ahead in the league,” Contreras said. “We can’t approach easy games differently than hard games. We have to keep the same strategy and the same level of concentration.”
You guessed it.
“It’s all about consistency,” Contreras concluded.
Thus far, Regals FC has defeated Texas Lonestrikers 6-0 and 7-0 in league play. Corpus Christi Fuel was the unlucky victim of the team’s 11-1 victory. As fate would have it, Corpus Christi is lined up as the team’s next opponent. Regals FC will try to fight off a new challenge, a five-hour road trip, to uphold its prided-upon standard of play. The match kicks-off on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. at Fairgrounds Field in Corpus Christi.