Holland girls soccer team honored at halftime
After the disappointment of being ousted from the playoffs due to a rules violation, the Holland High School girls varsity soccer team managed to end the season on a winning note Thursday. YNN's Ryan Burgess tells us about a ceremony held for the team on their home field.
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HOLLAND, N.Y. — Standing shoulder to shoulder on their snow covered home field one last time, it was only fitting that the Holland High School Girls Varsity Soccer Team weathered one final storm.
"It happens. There's nothing we can really say about the mistake. It wasn't our fault," said team captain Katherine Shanahan.
The team was honored during halftime of the boys game Thursday. They were banned from the playoffs because of a Section VI rules violation. They played one game over the limit of sixteen. That ruined their playoff hopes after a 15-2 regular season.
"It's pretty black and white that we went over sixteen games. But like it's been said, the punishment didn't fit the crime," said Shanahan.
"The rule said sixteen games and they stood by their rule. I just don't think taking it out on us, the players who didn't even know what the rule was - we didn't make out the schedule - I don't think that's fair," said team captain Candice Kapuscinski.
The school's principal, James Biryla, said there will now be safeguards in place to prevent this from happening again.
"This was an adult mistake. A system mistake within the adult part of the scheduling. The brunt of the consequences obviously fall on the girls. We don't think that's fair. I don't think that's fair either," said Biryla.
After learning of the ban, they did file an appeal, only to have it denied. Despite the adversity, the team pledged to remain upbeat, even in some difficult conditions.
"Our whole team is sad. Everyone is heartbroken. But we did have a great season and we know that the school did everything that they could to reverse the rule but they couldn't do anything. We just have to accept what happened," said Kapuscinski.
Rather than playing the blame game, the team is taking the high road. Though not exactly the way they'd like to have finished the season, it was still a winning note.