Box Hill United senior men’s bustling centre-back Theodore Aresti urged his teammates to stick together following a third consecutive league defeat on Sunday, to help the side regain their winning momentum.
Box Hill went down fighting 2-1 against Ballarat City at Wembley Park in the NPL2 Round 19, despite a strong attacking show in front of live cameras.
It was the side’s second successive home game, the earlier being a 1-0 heartbreak against Goulburn Valley Suns in what was a similar script in front of goal for the boys. Despite creating chances galore, goals had eluded United.
Reviewing the Round 19 match-up against their Western conference opponents, Aresti said, “We had a lot of good chances, which we unfortunately didn’t finish off. And we just got punished. That’s how the game went. Both teams needed a win.
“They (Ballarat) definitely brought a lot of experience, and a lot of speed. They got in behind us a couple of times, and they punished us.”
The former Pascoe Vale ‘Best and Fairest’ (U/20s) awardee was keen to highlight the positives, which he felt would stand the team in good stead in the coming days.
Aresti added, “We do everything we can, we train, we practise shooting. It will come eventually, and when it comes, it will come in many. Whatever happens, you have got to have your chances, [and] you just need to finish them.
“We have played well in both home matches. So, if we are going to take anything from them, we have got to keep doing what we are doing. And when it happens, we just start scoring.
“Positives [from the matches] are that even though we went down, we held our heads up high. [It’s] about staying positive and keep going. For majority [of both games], we just kept pushing and pushing, but were unlucky not to have scored.”
As a way forward to haul themselves out of this mire, the former Sunshine George Cross youth player reasoned the value of mounting a united front.
“You’re going to have your good moments, you’re going to have your bad moments. It’s very important to stick together at these times,” he said. “There will be times when you lose. But if we stick together and get a couple of wins, then everyone starts to feel a lot better about themselves.”
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