Colin Boyle assisted Jose Pedraza on a goal for the Nebraska City boys’ soccer team and picked up some big in-house bragging rights as the Pioneers triumphed over Plattsmouth 1-0 in first round action of the Eastern Midlands Conference tournament on Tuesday.
The Tuesday contest was likely the last chance for Colin to match up with his twin brother, Kevin, on a high school soccer field.
Both Kevin and Colin attended Lourdes and played together on the Nebraska City soccer team early in their careers.
The Boyle family lives in Plattsmouth.
Kevin said he felt attending the Plattsmouth High School was a better fit for him, but Collin remained at Lourdes.
Since Lourdes athletes compete cooperatively with Nebraska City High?School during the soccer season, Colin’s decision to remain assured that there would be a family rivalry when Nebraska City and Plattsmouth got together for matches.
The twins are seniors this year, and since Nebraska City clipped the Blue Devils 2-0 during the regular season meeting of the two squads, it was a fair bet that Kevin had some extra motivation coming into Tuesday’s rematch.
That motivation showed through in that Kevin had to overcome illness in order to compete.
Kevin said he was feeling under the weather and didn’t come to school at the start of the day Tuesday. He did get to school and attended for the minimum half day required for athletes to participate in sports that same day.
As the action developed on Tuesday, the Boyles found themselves in numerous head-to-head match ups.
That’s just the way they like it.
Both Boyles noted that playing against one another is more enjoyable than playing on the same team.
If they were playing on the same team, due to their positions, they would not likely get a chance to interact.
As opposing players, the Boyles compete directly against one another.
In talking about Colin’s game, Kevin lauded his brother’s ability to distribute the ball, see the field and play with intensity, while also noting that his brother plays a bit too “fancy” at times.
Kevin guessed that his brother would surmise Kevin’s talents by saying that he was a physical player who might be guilty of yelling too much during the game.
When told of Kevin’s “fancy” comment, Colin smiled and said he had to agree with that notation, adding that he may indeed be guilty of holding the ball a bit long and expanding the trickery of his game in an effort to beat his brother.
Colin also noted that Kevin’s skills go beyond simple aggressive play.
“He’s a good player,” Colin said. “He plays a good defensive game.”
Page 2 of 2 - Colin also added that his brother definitely gets into the action and is a vocal player.
Regardless of how the game turns out, however, the brothers Boyle are quick to return to an amicable sibling relationship after the final whistle sounds.
And that’s definitely how it played out Tuesday.
Kevin crossed the field and shared a hug with Colin as he was being honored in the Pioneers’ senior ceremonies on Tuesday.
Colin’s team won the day, but he said that won’t be the topic of conversation around the breakfast table for weeks or even days to come.
“My mom is kind of on me not to give him too much trouble about it,” Colin said.
Certainly the Boyle boys will be cheering for one another from now on, hoping that, if both squads advance out of districts, a rematch could still be possible at state.
For Colin’s part, he said the Nebraska City players want to make sure that the end of the regular season doesn’t end up defining the Pioneers’ season.
Nebraska City fell against Elkhorn and Lincoln Lutheran to close out the regular season, but Colin said his team played well in amassing a 6-2 record prior to that.
“We think we’ve been playing a good game of soccer the whole season,” said Colin, adding that the Pioneers are looking forward to postseason chances to prove they can play with the top teams in the state.
Nebraska City was scheduled to return to action Thursday for the semifinal round of the Eastern Midlands Conference tournament against Elkhorn.
A win in the Elkhorn match would put the Pioneers in the conference finals on Friday.