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Hays Free Press July 8, 2015 SPORTS Page 2B + From the Sidelines: Cohesion for Team USA Continued from pg. 1B Germany en route to theline. yet daring chances forclinic in the final. title match. From there, the U.S. goals. But what the team It was the play of an turned to a revamped All of it culminated accomplished will go far incredibly talented and offense that found its Sunday, when Carli Lloyd beyond simply winning a savvy defense that made confidence as it keptneeded less than half an trophy. all of the difference. " , playing. From a physical hour to obliterate theWhile their predeces- Anchored by goalkeeper and frenetic midfi.eld, to Japanese defense and sots were pioneers for Hope Solo, Team USPis a fast and cunning front notch a hat-trick, women's soccer, the defense played with an line, the offense for the It's that dominance, 2015 team could be the aggression that would U.S. pushed forward, dic- cohesion and tenacity catalyst that solidifies have made Mean Joe taring the pace of play. that allowed the 2015 its place in the sports Green and the Pittsburgh Their ability to findsquad to not only match consciousness for some "Steel Curtain" blush, the open space was just the 1999 team's success, time. For over 500 minutes, as vital as their ability but to surpass it entirely. After all, the team has the U.S. team kept op- to combine in the open The support gener- now claimed its third ponents at wits' end. field. Smooth passingated for them Speaks for World Cup in the last 20- No matter the tactic, no and adequate communi-itself. Over 26 million plus years. Three more matter the strategy, noth- cation equated to an of- people tuned in to watch than their male counter- ing got past that back fense that created smart, the women put on theirparts have accomplished. Parks: Green fields ahead in Kyle Continued from pg. 1 B Adding to the issues are seeds getting washed away, forcing the city to replant grass seed at the fields. According to Urbano- wicz, the city received between 14 and 20 inches of rain, setting the record for the most rainfall in a six-month period. "There was nothing for the grass to hold on to when the floods came," Urbanowicz said. The result was "rotten seeds," Urbanowicz said, with seeds not getting enough sunshine and too much water. "Had we known this was going to be the wettest six-months, we would have seeded it differently," Urbanowicz said. He explained that the use of a top dressing, such as sprinkling sand on top of the seeds, could have mitigated possible issues. Currently, the field at Steeplechase Park is ready for use, while the field at Gregg-Clarke is nearing completion. For Urbanowicz, the move to improve city parks was done "for the community." It was also to meet the parks needs of a growing city. Attendance has gone "way up" at city parks in 2015, according to Ur- banowicz, who attributed the influx to the growing city's population. But with the influx A collegiate ultimate frisbee player dives in order to make a catch College Centex Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, which was played on Seton Medical Center Hays in Kyle. "People are using every bare piece of ground to have baseball and football practice ... They're using places that are (city parkland), but not city parks." -Kerry Urbanowicz, parks director of growth comes chal- lenges. With more use comes limited space for groups and teams to use. Urbanowicz said some groups have resorted to using undeveloped parkland, such as the fields near Seton Medi- cal Center Hays, for their events. "People are using every bare piece of ground to have baseball and foot- ball practice," he said. "They're using places that are (city parkland), but not city parks." The city now eyes pos- sibly expanding its parks system even further. Urbanowicz said the city has a Parks Master Plan and is working "diligently to meet goals set in that plan." That could involve developing parkland that the city has set aside in several areas across town, something the city could improve in the next three PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III during the 2015 Women's undeveloped parkland near to five years. Within the next 15 years, Urbanowicz estimates the city hav- ing roughly 300 acres of developed parkland. In addition, the city could also have roughly 10 to 15 miles of improved nature trails. Possible movement could also be made on the proposed 46-acre Kyle Vista Park and Recreation Center, which is to be located near the northwest intersection of Dacy Lane. But as the city plans for the future, they continue to plan for improving its current city parks. "Let's improve the (parks) we have, and think about how we can plan for and build future ones," Urbanowicz said. Want to see more local s on HaysFreePress.com. Follow the photos link to bartonpublications.smugmug.com. i~iii~i~i~i~i~i~i!i~i~i~i~i~;i~i~i!i~i~i~i~i~i~i~i~iii~i~i~i~i~i~i~!~i!i~i~i~i~i~iii!i~iii!iiiiiiiii!ii1iii;i;iii~i;iiii1iiii;i~iiiiiiii~iiiiii~i;i;i;iii~iiiii~i~ii1iiiiii~i~i~i~iii~i~i~iiiiiiiiiiii~iiiiiii~i~ii~i~i~i~i!i~i~i~!iii~;ii~i~iii~i~iii~i!iii~i~i~i~i~iii~iii!i~iii~i~i~iii~i~i!i!i~iii~iiiiiii~;~iiiiiiiiii;iiiii;i~iiiiii World Cup: Locals rally for Team USA Continued from pg. 1B constant was the team's ability to play as a cohe- sive unit. That included watch- ing the Team USA defense go over 500-min- utes in the World Cup without conceding a goal. "They're in sync with each other," Aguirre said. "Even when there's changes, and they make mistakes, they are able to capitalize on those mis- takes and score (goals)." Team cohesion was something Hays High varsity soccer player Chase Lindsey said he noticed while watching the U.S. team. Lindsey said the team's penchant for moving toward the goal as a unit allowed for their success. "They move as a full team," Lindsey said. "The way a team should be." Progression was also a key attribute for John "They're in sync with each other ... Even when there's changes, and they make mistakes, they are able to capitalize on those mistakes and score (goals)." - Sam Aguirre, Kyle resident and soccer fan Lindsey, who along with when the team won their Chase and his wife, San- last World Cup in 1999. dra, watched the game But over the years, as well. their mindset changed. Sandra said the team's On Sunday, the Lindsey ability to get stronger family proudly sported through the tournament their Team USA gear. was vital. She said the "I can't believe we're so team was more united into soccer these days," after their shaky start. Sandra said. Following soccer, and Diana Amaro and her the progress of the U.S. family, which took to the team, is a more recent bar to catch the game as development for the well, held a similar trait. Lindsey family. Sandra Amaro said her daughter said her family was "not played varsity soccer and into soccer that much" got her involved in the game. Her enthusiasm, along with the rise of the U.S. team following the 2011 World Cup, fueled Jeanette Botello, who joined Amaro in watching Sunday's game. "I didn't watch soccer at all. Over the last two years, I've watched it," Botello said. "I'm now hearing feedback from friends, as they are getting into the game." But the accomplishment of the team was something Sandra said is an asset for many young female athletes, and soccer as a whole. "It's amazing for all of the young girls out there that enjoy the sport and play the sport," she said. "The women's team, they've put it out there and it's a good opportunity for the young girls." Keep your thermostat set at 78 degrees or higher during the summer, and run ceiling fans in occupied rooms to make it feel even cooler. The bigger the difference between the outdoor temperature and NC setting, the harder the cooling system has to work. Thyme +