Philosophically speaking, Van Horn girls soccer coach Chris Corrie sounded like Todd Haley after Van Horn’s 11-0 season-ending loss Wednesday afternoon at Notre Dame de Sion.

Philosophically speaking, Van Horn girls soccer coach Chris Corrie sounded like Todd Haley after Van Horn’s 11-0 season-ending loss Wednesday afternoon at Notre Dame de Sion.

In his first season of coaching the Kansas City Chiefs, Haley repeatedly referred to the NFL powerhouses the Chiefs played as models of the franchise he wanted the Chiefs to become. For Corrie, Sion is the type of the program he wants Van Horn to become.

Thus, Corrie considered Van Horn’s meeting with Sion in Class 2 sectional play good for the Falcons in the long run.

“I wanted them to see the standards that they’re going to have to get to,” said Corrie, who finished his third season at Van Horn Wednesday. “I don’t think you can really understand it until you kind of stick your head in the shark’s mouth and take a look at his teeth. I think they saw that today.”

The Falcons, who finished 4-15 and won their first district girls soccer title this season, have “a long way to go” to become a state title contender like Sion, Corrie said. Still, he’s optimistic about the program’s direction.

“I think my sophomore class will have a chance to be a decent squad,” Corrie said.

For the Falcons to become a Sion-type of program, they must build on the strengths they’ve developed this season, according to Falcons freshman keeper Dalanie Krogman.

“We work as a team really well,” Krogman said. “And we just have to move as a team and back each other up. And (we have to) just keep playing hard, because we’re really trying. We’re doing a great job.”

“It takes all you’ve got,” she said. “You have to have heart for it. It doesn’t just take skill.”

Sion coach Matt Darby saw evidence of Van Horn’s improvement this season, specifically with the Falcons’ district title victory over Lincoln Prep.

 “That’s something that they can hang their hats on and be proud about – having a district championship,” Darby said. “Not everybody gets a district championship.”

Darby also sees promise for Van Horn. The Falcons are “organized and they play hard,” he said.

“That’s a good start,” Darby said.

Moreover, Darby saw some benefits for Sion from facing Van Horn – namely, the psychological benefits of scoring goals.

In addition, Darby was pleased for Sion to host its first playoff game, which seemed uncertain, given that Sion plays on grass and the recent storms in Missouri.

“I know they’re very happy (at Sion) to have that here,” he said.

With the threat of bad weather, Sion might have been happy to end it quickly. Sparked by scoring five goals in the first five minutes, the Storm scored all their goals within 37 minutes. Play was stopped at halftime because of the mercy rule.

“Obviously, this game was just kind of a reward for the end of the season,” Corrie said. “So we’ll take it as it is.”