Falcons meet the Tigers: British parachutists show how game is played back home

February 14, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — The Royal Air Force Falcons parachute display team members showed the Imperial High School varsity soccer squad how soccer is played in their country during an exhibition match Tuesday.

The Falcons were to parachute onto the soccer field and then engage in the soccer match, but high winds resulted in the jump being canceled.

Falcons Flight Lt. Jack Dilley said the Falcons were disappointed about not being able to jump but were looking forward to the soccer match.

Dilley said the idea for the jump came when Imperial High Parent Teacher Association members asked if the team could do a demonstration jump for the school. They then came up with the idea of a jump followed by a soccer match.


Dilley said because of winds exceeding 15 knots the team could not jump onto the field safely. He said power lines around the school would have made the jump dangerous.

The soccer match, though, was not affected by the winds and started as scheduled, immediately after Imperial finished playing a match against Borrego Springs. Imperial won that game 4-0.

The Falcons demonstrated their European style of soccer with the one-touch ball control and running down the line.

The British controlled the game but despite several scoring opportunities could not capitalize. The final score was 0-0.

Robert Adams, Tigers' goalkeeper, stopped 27 shots from the Falcons, while the Tiger offense only had three shots the whole match.

"It was a good, enjoyable match," said Dilley.

"We had fun and were glad it went well," he added.

Wolfgang Horner, Imperial High head coach, said, "It was a good learning experience for the team."

"They had a chance to play against a team that has a much different style of play," he added.

Today will be the last day of the Falcons' annual winter training session in the Imperial Valley as they will head back to Britain.

Money raised from people having photos shot with the Falcons will go to the school's yearbook.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 370-8549.

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