Monarchs Royally Pain Trojans with Alleged Fake Injuries

The Trojans lost 3-1 against Mt. Eden’s Monarchs on Jan. 21, despite the two teams evenly matched during the first half.

The Monarchs scored one goal toward the end of the first half, with two minutes left on the timer. On several occasions, both teams were close to scoring a goal, tensing up the audience.

By halftime, the Monarchs had only scored one goal with the Trojans still at zero. Coach Robert Olson gathered the Trojans for a huddle and motivational talk.

Center midfield Jacob Shannon took the lead in assessing the situation to his teammates.

“We’re stuck in two minds,” said Shannon.

During the second half of the match, the Trojans scored one goal. But they struggled afterward and suspected an opponent of faking injuries. 

There were some injuries where players from both sides had to be temporarily put out of play, but one Monarch in particular, claimed injury at least three times. What outraged Trojans and their fans even more was that the player remained on the field, as if the injury did not happen.

Olson was quick to point out to one of the two referees that the opponent was allegedly faking his injury.

Despite the complaints, nothing was done about it during the match. The Monarchs scored a third goal with little opposition.

“Some of our finishes went pretty poorly, mine included,” commented player Michael Karapetyan. “We just needed to make better decisions in the final third (of the field).”

Regardless of the anger expressed by the coach and crowd, the Trojans remain optimistic about their upcoming matches.

“I think it’s pretty obvious we are a little mad, but I think that energy and anger fuels all of our wins so I think we should have more games to come, and (be) optimistic,” said Shannon.

After the loss, the Trojans had a record of four wins and seven losses.

3 thoughts on “Monarchs Royally Pain Trojans with Alleged Fake Injuries

  • February 22, 2022 at 9:35 pm
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    It has to suck to have a blind-sighted ref. There is not mluch that they can do and I think it is great to use that anger and turn it into energy for future games. Hopefully they didn’t get many more incidents like this and they had fun playing.

  • February 2, 2022 at 8:46 am
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    why do people care so much about sports to fake injury or be mad at someone for maybe faking an injury with no proof of it actually happening.

  • January 28, 2022 at 10:03 am
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    Come cover girls soccer and basketball, both teams are doing well and are exciting to watch. Flopping aka injuries is part of the acting in soccer😅

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