The weather is finally decent – a good time to cover another soccer playoff game in the Jacksonville area. This time, the action was from the boys regional semifinal between Mandarin and Fletcher, with the Mustangs winning 2-0 in the teams’ fifth meeting of the year.
Here comes a Times-Union report link: (http://members.jacksonville.com/sports/high-schools/2014-02-04/story/mandarin-bounces-rival-fletcher-boys-soccer-playoffs).
In any kind of communication field, it’s always a good idea to research your topic ahead of time – it reduces errors and provides key background information. This time, for example, Mandarin and Fletcher had already played four times this season, which is very unusual. Those games had ended in a 2-2 tie, a 4-0 Fletcher win, a 2-0 Mandarin win in the Gateway Conference final, and a Mandarin win on penalty kicks in the district final. Understanding that information made it much easier to prepare for a close, evenly-matched game.
Now the real fun begins, as this converged communicator prepares to cover the state tournament on the Space Coast. Stay tuned for more links as the week goes on.