Now, let’s not get crazy — they’ll take it, but the word momentum probably gets brought up in the world of sports more than anywhere else.
And for the first time in this 2017 Molson Challenge Cup provincial senior men’s soccer league season, Corner Brook actually had a little.
The team has stumbled to a 1-11-1 record so far, last place in the seven-team league. They’ve scored a league-low five goals and given up a league-high 30.
In other words, it’s been tough sledding.
But the most important number to Corner Brook players and coaches right now is that 1, sticking out at the front of their record. It looks a lot better than a 0, which was the case up until last weekend, when they posted a 3-0 victory over the Canada Games team.
Now, granted, they lost the other two games of that three-game set, but King Kong is no longer playing piggyback with this group and maybe the second half of the season will go a little more smoothly.
But they’ll have to wait a while to find out, as they are not on the schedule this weekend.
“It’d be nice to get out there and keep meshing as a team, especially after getting a win,” said player Alex Hennessey, who sat out the victory due to a suspension, but watched every minute from a perch near the field.
“It’d definitely be nice to play.”
He admitted, though spirits stayed up, the repeated losses started to weigh on the team mentally. They could see improvements in their game every weekend, but the results still weren’t coming.
“We could always take something out of a loss,” he said. “Finally, it obviously paid off.”
Now that they’ve cracked the goose egg, it’s like a confirmation that their system can actually work. They’re not just running up against a wall every weekend, sacrificing their summer in the process.
What was making matters worse is Conception Bay South, the team that joined the league as an expansion club the same time Corner Brook did three years ago, has been keeping their heads above water this year.
They’ve compiled a 5-4-2 mark up to this point, a drastic turnaround from previous seasons’ results.
But despite being expansion brethren, there’s not much else to compare between the two sides, Hennessey said.
He said C.B.S. has benefitted from a few new import players, while Corner Brook is fielding basically the same lineup.
“I think it’s more like a new team for them,” he said. “We’re the same group trying to improve together.”
Next weekend, Corner Brook has an opportunity to gain some ground on the team closest to them in the standings — the once mighty Holy Cross (3-3-3), who they host at Wellington Street Sports Complex on July 15-16.
They’re just hoping their momentum meets them there.