The drought is over: RA boys soccer team gets 1st win in 5 years
Published 4:29 pm Tuesday, December 6, 2022
BY THE REBEL EXPRESS STAFF
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RESERVE — Enrique Delgado was an eighth grader. Cobey Wahden was a fifth grader. And Brady Bourgeois was only 8 the last time the Riverside Academy boys soccer team won a match.
It was Jan. 13, 2018 when the Rebels defeated Ascension Christian, 4-3, on a frigid night. The team would not do it again until this past Monday night.
On, Nov. 28, 2022, at Mickey Roussel Field in Reserve, Riverside defeated Ascension Christian, 4-0.
Kaleb Brumfield scored the first goal just 30 seconds into the match. Craig Matt and Cameron Matt each added goals before the intermission. Then, eighth grader Tristen Sejas added the exclamation point with a break-away in the final minute.
It was a long time coming for Delgado, who considers himself a serious soccer player. As players came and went over the years, things became more and more difficult, but he never gave up hope.
“It was very frustrating,” he said. “Every game I came with the mentality, you know, ‘Oh. We’re going to win.’ I don’t go in with the mentality that, ‘Oh, we’re playing SCC or Houma Christian. Aw man. They beat us every year.’ No, I go into the game like, ‘Oh, we’re going to win this. The pressure is on.’”
When he realized that Monday’s victory was really in-hand, Delgado said began to get emotional.
“When it hit five minutes in the second half, I just started breaking down crying,” he said.
The Rebels returned to action Thursday night at Christ Episcopal School.