In the final game of the Mother Lode League soccer season, Calaveras’ senior co-captain Andrew Wydner finally got to step onto the field. After 80 minutes of play, Calaveras High School boys’ soccer team beat the Bret Harte Bullfrogs 2-1 in Angels Camp. But it was the opening minute that perhaps meant the most.
The magic of sports and good sportsmanship was front and center right after the opening whistle blew. Wydner had to watch the entire season from the sideline after an ACL injury forced him to miss every game. However, with the matchup against Bret Harte being the final regular season game, the two coaches decided that Wydner should get to wear the uniform he loves and play against his rival team one final time.
Calaveras opened with possession and Wydner got to pass the ball to his teammates. He then went down the field and took a soft shot. Play was stopped and Wydner got to walk off the field knowing that he got to play in an official game during his senior season.
Although the time he was on the field was less than a minute, that didn’t take away the ear-to-ear smile that was on Wydner’s face.
“It felt fantastic,” Wydner said. “It also shows Bret Harte’s class as a team to let me come out and actually be out on the field one more time.”