I have eight daughters who participated in various high school and college
sports including soccer and rugby. I have never seen anything as egregious as
this: a knee to the face of an opponent already down, snapping the player's
head back. It's unfortunate that the apology came only AFTER the video clip
became public. The East High teacher's and
administration's pandering to the offending student makes the situation
worse. At some point we each have to take responsibility for our actions, even
if we immediately regret them.
My experience as both a coach and a referee in the high school ranks has shown
me that an element in the escalation of physicality in soccer is what the center
referee allows. At times I think my colleagues are officiating a match for RSL.
They let way too much pushing, shoving and fouling go uncalled. And there when
there is a blow-up like this they wonder why the players, coaches and fans are
so mad at them. The schools in the central and rural areas of the state are
always appalled and frustrated by the level of fouling that referees in the Salt
Lake area let slide. When it comes time for the state tournament, the coaches
have to tell their players "prepare to be mugged and you won't get any
calls." In the Woods Cross-East situation, of course it was the
player's mistake. But I wonder how much overly aggressive play was allowed
by the officials that may have contributed to the buildup of emotions and
frustration expressed by the players.
@localblueWhen is the last time you saw a football player knee an
apposing player in the head without his helmet on?
I can't believe how many people on this site are rushing to judge a girl
based on a five second clip. You have no idea what happened before the five
second video or throughout the game, including anything that was said or the
physicality of play up to that point. I get that it's an inappropriate
reaction and there is no excuse for losing control of emotions. But having
played team sports throughout my life, I can say whether it's a local
pickup game or organized leagues, we have incidents like this all the time that
if viewed as a single five second clip would be an inaccurate representation at
best of the total situation. A single BYU football game has multiple incidents
as outrageous as this one, but of course that is football and they are men, so
perhaps it's normal and justified??
If that were my daughter her season would be done. I would not leave it up to
the region. Furthermore, how did the center ref or assistant ref miss this.
They can't see everything, but that was right in the middle of the
field.My daughter plays high school and premier league soccer and
while I have seen other girls and coaches view this type of play as "part of
the game," it is unacceptable. There are other coaches and parents and
players that feel the same as I do.
It seems to me that both the 'victim' and the 'offender'
have made good choices as this has come to light. Sure, there should be some
discipline but let's not be so quick to throw the book at her. As I have
probably stated before, we are quick to demand justice when others mess up and
even more quick to plead for mercy when we are the ones who make a mistake.I liked the comment from rjpkp. This few moments of recorded history
does not fully describe anyone. We should all be judged after a lifetime of
highs and lows and what all the resulting moments have molded us into.
True, the short clip cannot show who the young lady truly is, but I do agree
that it was an act that should garner a consequence. If you forget to make your
house payment, the bank may empathize with you, but the consequence will be that
you will have a fine to pay. This is no different. I agree with suspension as
If this was seen in the game by the official she would have been red carded and
thrown out of the game and suspended for the next game. At minimum that should
be the penalty. Emotion is part of all sports but out of control emotions cannot
be tolerated period. @rbn and rjpkp,true that a short clip etc should not be the
judgement of ones life but what this girl did on the field would be criminal
assault anywhere else, have some empathy for the victim instead of so much
sympathy for the perpetrator.
In HS I had a wrestling teammate that became frustrated and stood up and hit a
kid in the mouth. He was immediately suspended from the team for the rest of the
season. If you're looking for a teachable moment, THAT was it for the
wrestlers in the entire region.
East is out of the playoffs. The girl is a senior. There's nothing to
suspend her from. I think the principal will handle it just fine.
My daughter has played against the East girl, and hasn't found her to be a
dirty player. I believe her behavior was out of character. People make
mistakes, particularly teenagers and many make fools of themselves during
competetive moments. Legal, one snapshot doesn't define you for life.That said, the officiating in girls soccer requires much improvement.
The referee assistants should be more bold in calling fouls. In girls high
school soccer they rarely do. Center refs should be less proud and seek help
from their RAs. Girls soccer is in many cases more rough than boys soccer.
Fouls that would be called in boys games are often ignored in girls games. The
result is a game that is more sluggish, less fluid, and less fun to watch.
If this really is a teaching moment, the girl who let her emotions dictate her
actions should be suspended without question. A lot of us played high school
sports, the vast majority kept emotions in check; even in situations that were
potentially more emotional. I couldn't tell if she was trying to come up
with an excuse. Coaches, don't enable the action and please suspend her.
The soccer world continues to think it can get by with one official. Getting
another would help catch more of this kind of stuff and maybe discourage it.
Soccer has gotten way physical.