The team’s manager noted, though, that he felt like Riverfield got a tough draw to start the tournament, facing a team that he said he thought was one of the two best in the tournament, along with Riverfield, and the South Bend coach agreed.
“The coach shook my hand after the game and said, ‘See you in the semifinals,’” Kelley said.
In the last several years, Riverfield, South Bend Southeast, Lebanon and Fort Wayne have often met up in the semifinals, and even with a loss Thursday, Kelley said making it past pool play certainly wasn’t out of the question. Lebanon and Fort Wayne faced off Thursday too, and Kelley said that just means that two of the top four teams have their work cut out for them. A 3-1 record in pool play would all but confirm a semifinals berth, he said.
“It was disappointing, but I think we’ve got things we can fix, and if that’s as good as we’re going to see, then I’m satisfied that we could have won that game, and we just have to sure up some things, especially defense, and we’ll be right in it,” he said.
Riverfield will play its second pool game today at 4 p.m. in Lebanon against Southport.