But the Cavs’ path to victory was halted before the game even started. Due to class obligations, senior Emil Erickson and juniors Theo Kaufman and Andrew Rossell could not attend.
With only 11 players and no subs, the Cavs had to match up against the 20-man team the Saints fielded. Missing key players, the boys suffered a 2-3 loss.
In the first half, the Saints had lots of shots on goal. But with strong defensive play and smart play, the Cavs held them scoreless going into halftime.
The second half seemed to be more of the same. It took a while to pick up, and about halfway through, a Saints player finished a goal after the ball took a weird bounce off a Cavs’ defender.
Minutes later, the Saints put in another goal, similar to the first, giving Delta a quick 0-2 lead.
With about 15 minutes left, the Saints got a penalty kick and sent their goalkeeper up to take the shot.
After a save by the Cavs’ senior goalkeeper Zane Jakobs, the ball was passed up to senior Aidan Cunningham, who sent the ball into the open net with a beautiful, curving strike from the center of the field, cutting the Saints’ lead, 1-2.
Soon after, Delta scored yet another goal off a weird bounce, making it 1-3.
With a few minutes left in the game, sophomore Benett Sackheim had the ball outside of the box. Sackheim sent a perfect floater right toward the goal, while sophomore Nate Jakobs blocked the Saints’ keeper off the ball, allowing it to fly into the back of the net, cutting the deficit to one.
With seconds left, Nate sent out a Hail Mary from 45 yards out. The ball stayed just outside of the top corner, ending the game, 2-3.
According to Nate, the Cavs’ hands were tied when it came to adjustments.
“We couldn’t do much more since we had no subs and were missing some of our best guys,” Nate said.
Before the Cavs’ next matchup, Nate said the Cavs need to work on ball movement and passing.
The Cavs look to implement these changes when they face off against the Sacramento Waldorf Waves on Tuesday, Jan. 3, away at Waldorf at 3 p.m.
The last time the Cavs faced off against the Waves was last year when the Cavs won the section title after beating the Waves, 3-0.