A typical case of Pueblo West’s bipolar weather met the Cyclones’ and their opponents, The Pueblo County Varsity Boys’ Soccer Team, on Tuesday night, providing a dramatic setting for the classic Milk Jug match, which has been played between the two teams since the opening of Pueblo West High School in 1999.
Before the game, the players were introduced to what appeared to be a cold, wet, and dreary evening. Temperatures entering lower forties and drizzling rain stampeding the field orchestrated slippery plays and physical pain.
However blisteringly cold it was, the Cyclones still presented a dominance that allowed them to conquer County with a 1-0 win.
When it comes to soccer, those who play it and those who are retired from it come together to support important traditions such as the Milk Jug. Not only do the players unite and bond together in order to play a ferocious game, but the fans and spectators all join in the fun by combatting whatever extreme conditions come their way and supporting their teams.
This could be seen by the dozens of fans huddling together on the bleachers, cloaking themselves with blankets, winter jackets, gloves, and anything that could give them warmth, some even acting as if they were actors onThe Day After Tomorrow. Players also joined in the fun by dressing up for the occasion, with Rohnin Morris being seen in a cow costume, or in more usual cases, players waddling back in forth in an attempt to get warm.
Steven Cline, Pueblo West’s Varsity goalie, stated “In the four years that I’ve been playing for west, we (the Cyclones) have watched film to find our tendencies and fix them. We have worked hard when it comes to game time, and we have battled when we needed to against a talented county team,” when asked how the Cyclones have been able to beat County in the Milk Jug games. He also provided some insight to the perspective of a goalie on the field by relaying “It’s a lot of fun being the goalie because that’s all I’ve really done. The only bad part is not being able to really make up for it when you get scored on. All you can do is just keep working on not letting them (the opposing team) score. The pressure can be a lot to you, and it can really get to you if you let it. The way I handle pressure is to take deep breaths and try to stick to the daily warmup routine we always do because that takes my mind off the game.”
Despite the mournful cold, the Cyclones persevered through the bitter evening and created plays that transcended those of the County players. The hornet players put up a strong fight, but the Cyclones prevailed, boasting a more determined and focused mindset.
Within the first half, Senior Sam Parker scored a goal from far out, striking it into the upper ninety. This, plus the unceasing plays of the Cyclones, put the team on a highway to victory.
The Cyclones forged on as one unit, proving that having a close-knit team is the best game plan 100% of the time, no matter the ending score. This practice led the Cyclones to their fifteenth straight Milk Jug Title.