Holland Girls Soccer's Winning Season Ends With a Big Loss

October 26, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2011 at 7:08 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Jaclyn Asztalos

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October 26, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2011 at 7:08 AM EDT

The state said Holland Girl's Soccer Team played too many game and disqualified them from playoffs.

Holland, N.Y. (WKBW) - It was a sad ending to an 11-2 season for the Holland High School Girls Soccer team. They were disqualified from playoffs because of an oversight by the school administration.

The girls played their 17th game of the regular season last week. On Saturday, their coach got a call from Section Six officials saying that the were only allowed to play 16 game, according to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. The team was disqualified.

The school appealed to Section Six officials, Monday. They did not reverse their decision so the school took their appeal to the state. On Tuesday, the state also decided to stick with their decision, ending the girls' season.

This upset the entire Holland High School community.

"I think they should be entitled to play. I understand there are rules and somebody has to be accountable but I certainly don't think the kids are the ones that should be held responsible for an administrative error," parent Janice Kapuscinski said.

Section Six President Jeff Rabey said rules couldn't be broken.

"The rule is black and white. The team has to be disqualified. If you change the rule for one team, you are going to have to change the rule for other teams down the road," Rabey said.

This season the girls were ranked tenth in the state and ninth in their section. Also, parents said many of the girls were planning on being scouted by colleges during the playoffs. Now, they said many could miss out on opportunities because of this technicality.

Parents hope that the state will take another look at he rules and the way they oversee the schools to make sure this never happens again.