When communicating convergedly (not a real word), it’s always a good idea to know about the background of your subject.
In last night’s boys soccer regional final between Mandarin and Oviedo, several Mustang stars played the last games of their high school careers – two had been four-year starters. Mandarin took an early lead on a string of terrific goals, but fatigue and muddy field conditions wore them down as a speedy, undefeated Oviedo team came back to win 5-4 in overtime.
That’s right: 5-4.
It’s not a score – or a game – that you see frequently in soccer. But taking the time to research the teams and understanding some of the special emotions involved on the field will pay off with a better story. Here’s the link to the Times-Union game report: http://members.jacksonville.com/sports/2014-02-08/story/mandarin-falls-oviedo-overtime-region-1-5a-boys-soccer-final.
And, of course, when a game goes to overtime, a reporter has to be ready for overtime – even if it’s 49 degrees with drizzle.