Is a 26-0 game in soccer excessive?

What constitutes an excessive blowout that crosses the line for good sportsmanship?
Earlier this season, the discussion was about Arroyo Valley girls basketball’s 161-2 win over Bloomington.
While it doesn’t involve a local team, but what about Hemet Tahquitz’s 26-0 boys soccer victory over Los Angeles Summit View West?
Which is worse? Well, the girls basketball game probably should never have been scheduled by the athletic directors, but the soccer was a Division 5 playoff game.
The girls basketball score was 104-0 at halftime, and the leading scorer in the game, Tamera Trigg, scored 43 points compared to her season average of about 27.
In the boys soccer game, it wasn’t reported what the score was at halftime.   Marcos Rojo led the way for Tahquitz with seven goals. He had scored only 11 on the season before that. But the team had 14 different players score goals, and two others had assists.
So are they both bad? And if so, which is worse? To be honest, I’d really need to see tape of both games. I’m sure something could’ve been done in both instances to hold the game down a little, but I don’t exactly know how excessive it was.
I once reported about the aftermath of a game now nearly 20 years ago, a girls soccer game between Bonita and Ganesha. I believe the final score was 19-0 in favor of Bonita, in a league game. The problem was, the  coach left his star player, Kendra Payne, in the game for too long and she set a CIF-SS record with 13 goals in the game (which I believe still stands).  The consensus seemed to be that this was excessive, because they were scoring goals just so Payne could get the record.
But 26-0 and 161-2? Whether excessive or not, it didn’t do the winning teams much good. Arroyo Valley girls basketball lost in the first round of the playoffs, while Tahquitz lost in the next round to Rialto. Did those teams get what they deserved? Some might say so, but I don’t think so, just that playing that kind of opponent isn’t really going to help in the long (or short) run.

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VIDEOS: Arroyo Valley girls basketball wins 1st San Andreas League title


Arroyo Valley trailed (except for a couple of times the game was tied) for the entire game until Tamara Trigg’s layup gave them the lead for good midway through the fourht quarter. It wasn’t Arroyo Valley’s best performance, but it was a good test before the playoffs.


Michael Anderson talks about what it means to win league, especially after what the team’s first-ever league title means in the wake of bad publicity from a 159-point blowout last month.

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VIDEO: Arroyo Valley/Indian Springs highlights and my take


Above are highlights for the game, an 80-19 win by Arroyo Valley girls basketball over Indian Springs in a San Andreas League opener.
There are some things you’ll notice in the video. While the game was at Indian Springs and there was a decent home crowd, I heard no boos pregame or during the game. No reaction of any kind really toward Arroyo Valley from Indian Springs fans. In fact, the small group of Arroyo Valley fans (I’m guessing mostly parents), were vocal in showing their support for their team.
I saw no indication that people there were aware that in Arroyo Valley’s last game, on Jan. 5 vs. Bloomington, the Hawks won by a 161-2 score.
I’m sure Arroyo Valley and Bloomington would both like to move beyond the 161-2 game. Wednesday’s game was an important step in that direction.

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VIDEO: Acting head coach Nick Anderson talks + my take

With Arroyo Valley girls basketball coach Michael Anderson suspended for 2 games in the wake of last week’s 161-2 win over Bloomington, his son, 19-year-old Nick Anderson is the acting head coach.
I have several thoughts on this. First, I think the 2 games was fair. He didn’t deserve to lose his job. But I think a short suspension is warranted. No rules were broken, but the sportsmanship line was crossed. I have no problem with 2 games.

Second, is this kid really 19, only 2 years removed from high school? He is, and while he wasn’t really put to the test on Wednesday, I have the feeling he’s going to be one hell of a coach someday. He handles himself with the media well and he knows his father’s system. Impressive.

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