Today's Blog provided by Brian Craig:
Tonight we managed to keep our undefeated string alive - with an exciting 2-2 draw in Den Bosch. Our boys put in a courageous effort to crawl back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game and threaten to take the lead, but time expired before any further damage could be administered. It was a very satisfying outcome for our boys who were showing signs of fatigue for the second night in a row.
On an afternoon when the sun was strong and the boys were battling their fourth game in an as many nights, our boys dug deep to get themselves back in the game. After our defensive corps rejected several scoring attacks in our own end, the boys were able to find the back of the net with probably 10 minutes left. We immediately regained possession and we managed to fire a second goal before time expired. A game that looked at times probable to conclude in a deficit of 3 or 4 goals ended up in a tie. On a night the boys fought hard to engender the energy, they turned a certain loss into their most impressive effort thus far. The boys now prepare for 3 days of non-competition with the satisfaction they remain undefeated and are competing against some of the best teams in the Netherlands.
We are competing against C-1 and C-2 teams in the Netherlands. C implies the 13-16 ('95-'97) age group and 1 implies the level - with 1 occupying the highest level and 2 and 3 representing the next levels of competition. Den Bosch is a second division (Jupiter league) team in the Netherlands professional ranking so one can infer that best youth programs in the country will compete at the C-1 level and will be affiliated with the top performing division 1 [Eridivisie] teams. It doesn't look like we will have the opportunity to compete against any of the Eridivisie academies on this visit, but we have a good sense of their likely quality and I think our young men would relish the opportunity to bench make their skils agains this country's best.
Addendum by Roger Milley:
Well, there was a splinter group of parents who, earlier in the day, wanted to view flowers at the famed Keukenkof gardens. They accomplished that goal and some photos are attached, but one thing led to another and they managed to miss the entire game at Den Bosch! Included in that group of 5, stuck on Dutch freeways for 2.5hrs, was myself (along with Kathy K, Fauzia K, Dave T, Sujad B) with the high-speed camera. And that's why there are no action shots from today's game. But I'd like to than Christine Palichuk for snapping several with her video camera.