Holland Dutch

To succeed in sports you rarely have time to ask why something is happening. Instead, you have to ask what is going on and react to it in the correct way. You have no time to feel sorry for yourself, only enough time to find the right solution.

The Holland High soccer team did just that over the past 3 weeks when they made a run at the state title. When they met the number 1 and 3 ranked schools in the state, they overcame the disappointment of the circumstance and tried to find a way to win. The "what" overcame the "why." When this attitude brought them victory against Unity Christian in the first round of the tournament, they realized that the playing field is flat every game, and that they were able to take an equal shot at winning the tournament.

It happened again in the state semi-finals when goalkeeper Kenny Bakker blocked a PK in the second half to keep the game within one goal, and then to score minutes later to tie the game. When they lost the game with 30 seconds left on a free kick from 40 yards out, it wasn't a reality check for the Dutch, it was an acknowledgement that any team can win any game at any point given the opportunity. It was painful because it could have been us. It just wasn't.

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