Saturday, October 14, 2017

at UMass CS 14oct2017

Warm 20+C/70F and sunny, we went first to the field where we played 3 years ago, when Summer Hammond '17 documented the experience with her camera even though she couldn't play due to chemotherapy. We got the feeling maybe it was the wrong field when we couldn't spot any UMass players, so Lindsey scouted out the fields a bit to the south to find the right location.

Sarah A's family greeted us with drinks and mandarins -- they were visiting from CA! 

The field looked small, bumpy and not well seeded, and we spoke about being quick with the ball and expecting immense pressure.

UMass CS did exactly that -- they got off 6 shots in the first 16 minutes!

Immediately after their run of shots, Meredith G struck her free kick expertly -- placing it in front of the UMass goal but not reachable by their goalkeeper. Sarah A converted, putting us up a goal!

We did well to win many of the 50/50 balls and strung passes together better than UMass could. After Katie and Tina took free kicks, Claire had a corner kick and UMass had a threatening shot go wide.

Dani had a chance in the 35th minute, UMass had another free kick and so did Tina before Bri saved a UMass shot in the last minute of the first half.

We spoke about playing as if the score were 0:0, continuing to work hard and passing the ball quickly since we expected UMass to be very energized and physical.

After UMass earned a free kick, Bri saved a shot from them and they sent another shot wide. Tina and UMass took free kicks, and Bri saved us again in the 51st minute. We were fortunate her quad felt better!

UMass had a shot over our goal's cross-bar that was ruled to have been touched, so they got another corner.

Jenna used her immense speed to beat her defender down the right sideline, then cut the ball back to elude her defender and tried to chip the goalkeeper with a shot that just barely went over their cross-bar.

After Tina's free kick in the 63rd minute, Jenna had another chance to beat her defender, repeating her cutting the ball back to free up some space so she could see where to send the ball. She sent it diagonally across the field toward the far post, which it went by just barely wide.

After two more UMass free kicks and a corner, during which Bri was fouled by UMass (Tina took the free kick), Jenna had another chance but her shot was saved.

In the 75th minute, Maria also had a great shot saved. Then UMass had a couple  more free kicks, one that one of our players in the wall saved and one that Bri saved.

In the 78th minute, Dani was taken down in their box, and Meredith G slotted her penalty kick into the lower right side but somehow the UMass goalkeeper got her fingers on it!

We kept the ball in their third, and in the 80th minute Jenny earned a corner taken by Sarah A. We fully expected the ref to blow his whistle at that point, but he let the game go into extra time, during which UMass got a shot into the lower right corner of our goal to tie the score. The ref claimed that time needed to be added for the penalty kick, but we thought that was a rule violation. oh well!

It was a fiercely contest game, with our whole team putting everything out on the field. Good passes, high intensity, great goalkeeping and solid defense -- we played our best game which was also our most-important game! 


G: Bri
CD: Tina+Julia F-O'L
OD: Mari+Izzy, Katie, Meredith G
CM: Lindsey+Namya, Maria+Meredith G
OM: Meredith S+Jenna, Sarah A+Julia C
F: Claire+Sarah J, Dani+Jenny

Shots 7:14 Saves 6:3

3 UMass shot wide
5 UMass shot saved
9 UMass shot blocked
10 UMass shot wide
13 UMass free kick
     UMass shot wide
15 Katie free kick
16 UMass free kick
     UMass shot saved
17 Meredith G free kick from 30 yd
     Sarah A converted --> 1:0
24 Katie free kick
26 Tina free kick
29 Claire corner
34 UMass shot wide
35 Dani shot wide
36 UMass free kick 
37 Tina free kick
39 UMass shot saved
44 UMass free kick
46 UMass shot saved for a corner
48 UMass shot wide
49 Tina free kick
50 UMass free kick
51 UMass shot saved for a corner
58 UMass shot over for a corner
62 Jenna chipped the GK barely over
63 Tina free kick
65 Jenna cross/shot barely wide
66 UMass free kick
67 UMass free kick from 30 yd --> corner
     Bri fouled in the box, Tina free kick
70 Jenna shot saved
75 Maria shot saved
76 UMass free kick --> corner
77 UMass free kick saved
78 Dani taken down in the box, 
     Meredith G PK saved for a corner taken by Sarah A
80 Jenny earned a corner taken by Sarah A
81 UMass shot lower right --> 1:1

Saturday, October 7, 2017

UMass Minutewomen 7oct2017

UMass has so many good players, so they have TWO club teams. Today, their team named Minutewomen visited us, greeted by 15C/60F overcast weather. 

Claire's grandmother, aunt (with wonderfully tasty cookies) and uncle, Callie's mom, Lizzie's mom, Jenna's dad, Bri's wife Alice with their puppy, Hannah Nolan '16, Mel Brown '17, Caroline Vanacore '17 and Christyn Karol '17 came to cheer us on!

We spoke about keeping the ball moving quickly -- not holding it -- since we expected high pressure. UMass did exactly that, but we were ready for them!

In the first twelve minutes, Meredith S had a shot saved, Sarah J had one go wide, Mari and Claire had shots saved, Jenna's went wide and Maria's was saved. Tina had a free kick in the 16th minute.

In the 20th minute a lucky shot from 25 yd sailed into the upper center of our net -- nothing Bri could do about that (besides, as my Italian mentor told me "it's never the goalkeeper's fault"). They were ecstatic because they knew we were out-playing them and their goal was "against the run of play." 

We didn't let down. Claire's and Sarah J's shots were wide, and Claire's free kick from the corner of their box was saved. Callie's shot was saved just before UMass got off their second shot of the game, a free kick, that Bri saved handily.

Lindsey's shot went wide, Meredith G's shot was saved, and Callie's corner found Jenny, whose smart, quick flick of the ball was saved.

During the half time break we spoke about keeping up the good work -- the passes (many of them give-and-go) were clinical and we made very good use of diagonal passes and runs.

Claire got off a shot right away, then Callie's free kick from 30 yd out was punched out for Izzy's one-time hit that barely went over the cross-bar. Claire had a shot go wide in the 47th minute before UMass's free kick from mid-field.

Lindsey took a corner kick, UMass took a corner kick and Katie had a free kick before Izzy had a shot saved then took a free kick. UMass got another free kick just before Claire took one from the right side of the field that bounced out to find Izzy, whose shot was blocked.

In the next 4 minutes, Claire had four shots saved, blocked or wide! Then Katie earned and took a corner kick before Claire got off another shot for a corner. UMass got another free kick in the 68th minute.

Meredith G almost scored with her header in the 70th minute, and Claire had a shot and a cross deflected out for two corners. Lindsey caught the rebound on one of them but her shot was blocked.

After UMass got another free kick, Claire in the last minute of the game earned and took a corner that she sent smartly just past the UMass goalkeeper. Maria converted on the ensuing scuffle, leveling the score for us! Lindsey almost got us another goal right after that, but her shot went over the cross-bar.

It was wonderful to play so well and finally be rewarded for it! We were fortunate to have Katy Sprout on the team this fall! This was her last game before departing for San Francisco for a film internship. She made so many good runs and dribbles up the right side, and we will miss her dearly!

update: due to UMass Minutewomen using a goalkeeper from the UMass CS team, their result was ruled by the league to be a forfeit (win for us)

F: Claire+Sarah J, Dani+Jenna, Jenny
CM: Lindsey+Nam, Maria+Meredith G
OM: Meredith S+Katy, Jenny+Julia C, Jenna
CD: Tina+Julia F-O'L
OD: Mari+Katie, Callie+Izzy
G: Bri

Shots 32:2  Saves 1:16

2 Meredith S shot saved
   Sarah J's shot wide
4 Mari's shot saved
8 Claire's shot saved
9 Sarah J's shot wide
10 Claire's shot saved
11 Jenna's shot wide
12 Maria's shot saved
16 Tina free kick
20 UMass shot from distance upper center --> 0:1
25 Claire's shot wide
26 Sarah J's shot wide
27 Claire's free kick from corner of the box saved
28 Callie's shot saved
29 UMass free kick saved
30 Lindsey's shot wide
37 Meredith G's shot saved
38 Callie earned and took a corner kick
     Jenny's flicked shot saved
42 Claire's shot saved
46 Callie's free kick from 30 yd punched back out,
    Izzy's one-time shot of the rebound barely over
47 Claire's shot wide
48 UMass free kick from mid-field 
50 Lindsey corner kick
51 UMass corner kick
52 Katie free kick
55 Izzy's shot saved
56 Izzy free kick
58 UMass free kick
59 Claire's free kick on the right side bounced out
     Izzy's shot of the rebound blocked
60 Claire's shot saved
62 Claire's shot blocked
63 Claire's shot wide
64 Claire's shot blocked
65 Katie earned a corner kick and took it
66 Claire's shot out for a corner
68 UMass free kick
70 Meredith G header wide
72 Claire's shot deflected for a corner
73 Claire's cross deflected out for a corner
    Lindsey's shot blocked
74 UMass free kick
79 Claire earned and took a corner
     Maria got the rebound in a scuffle --> 1:1
81 Lindsey shot over

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Middlebury 5oct2017

Formerly we played Middlebury both home and away, but when we joined the club league we had no more weekends to visit Middlebury, which is a glorious trip at this time of year. Although our players' class schedules don't allow us to travel during the week, we have been pleased to be able to schedule a weekday game with Middlebury.

Summer weather and blue sky accompanied us for our game at 4:30 on the Thursday before Homecoming. We had 14 players to start, and another six came from class soon after we started playing.

We spoke about keeping the ball moving by making good passes. Middlebury surprised us in the 3rd minute with a shot from 30 yd that sailed over Sarah A's head (she had kindly offered to play some GK since Bri had an exam).

We reacted with great energy -- both Claire and Elise made shots that were saved a minute after Middlebury scored. Then only three minutes later, Claire crossed the ball for Elise to convert and level the score.

Sarah A made a great save on a Middlebury shot in the 10th minute for a corner, and they sent a shot wide after that. After Claire had a shot go wide and Dani had her shot saved, Tina had a free kick from 40 yd out that could well have been threatening but went wide.

Katie's corner kick in the 22nd minute found Lindsey, who got us our 2nd goal. Jenna had two shots saved, one that resulted in a corner Katie took. Then Elise put the ball into the lower right corner of the Middlebury net for our third goal.

Sarah J had a shot saved, then Sarah A saved another Middlebury shot before Sarah J had another shot saved for a corner that Claire took just before half time.

During the break, we spoke about switching the ball to the opposite side and not over-commiting in our third of the field. 

We immediately earned two corner kicks that Sarah A took before Claire almost scored on a back-heel shot, and Jenna almost scored on the rebound. Lindsey and Meredith S had shots saved and Sarah A took another corner kick before Nat saved a Middlebury shot in the 54th minute.

Jenna had another shot saved in the 55th minute, then Meredith S's shot was blocked for a corner kick that she took. After a Middlebury corner kick, Meredith S slotted a perfect pass up to Claire, who was in front of Meredith S and anticipated a pass. Claire beat two Middlebury defenders with a couple fake moves and then shot the ball low and right into the Middlebury net for our 4th goal.

Middlebury was still working hard and earned a free kick before Lindsey earned one, too. She quickly took the kick from about 30 yd and almost scored -- her shot whistling off a little bit left of the goal. After Claire's corner kick, Lindsey earned her second goal in the 76th minute.

Sarah A made a skillful run down the left sideline, beat her defender and made a cross to Jenna for a tap-in, but the Middlebury goalkeeper saved it and saved another shot from Claire after that as well.

We looked good, but Middlebury showed good energy, so we had to work for every goal. We made good passes and worked hard to get the ball back when we lost it. We made good use of our give-and-go passing that we worked on in practice! 

GK: Sarah A, Elise, Nat
CD: Tina+Julia F-O'L
OD: Mari+Izzy, Katie+Katy
CM: Elise+Namya, Lindsey, Meredith S
OM: Julia C+Jenna, Meredith S+Nat, Jenny
F: Claire+Sarah J, Dani, Jenny

Shots 22:4  Saves 2:14

3 Middlebury shot from 30 yd upper center --> 0:1
4 Claire shot saved for a corner
   Elise shot saved
7 Claire cross to Elise --> 1:1
10 Middlebury shot saved for a corner
     Middlebury shot wide
15 Claire shot wide
16 Dani shot saved
20 Tina free kick 
22 Katie corner, Lindsey scored --> 2:1
27 Jenna shot saved
29 Jenna shot saved for a corner taken by Katie
30 Elise lower right corner --> 3:1
35 Sarah J shot saved
36 Middlebury shot saved 
38 Sarah J shot saved for a corner taken by Claire
42 Sarah A corner (2)
43 Claire back-heel shot blocked, Jenna shot saved
44 Lindsey shot saved
45 Meredith S shot saved
50 Sarah A corner kick
54 Middlebury corner
55 Jenna shot saved
58 Meredith S shot blocked for a corner kick she took
60 Middlebury corner
63 Meredith S to Claire, who beat 2 defenders shot lower right --> 4:1
70 Middlebury free kick
71 Lindsey free kick barely wide 
74 Claire corner
76 Lindsey scored --> 5:1
77 Sarah A cross to Jenna whose shot was saved
78 Claire shot saved

Sunday, October 1, 2017

at Amherst 1oct2017

We met at 9:15 to visit Amherst College's club team for the first time, not knowing whether having only 13 players would be an issue! The weather was glorious -- blue sky and 15+C/60+F. Julia F-O'L's dad and Lizzie's folks were there at Gooding (turf) Field -- so great of Andi Jenny to bring fruits and candy!

We spoke about keeping the ball moving quickly, in preparation for UMass teams in coming weekends. We didn't waste any time -- Sarah A scored after only 50 seconds in the upper left corner of the Amherst goal!

An Amherst "football boot" collided with Lizzie's foot, sending her immediately to the turf and off the field for ice brought from Hanover and a visit from the Amherst EMT, who checked it out and wrapped her foot. Jenny subbed in for her.

Soon after that, Sarah J had a shot go wide and Jenny's shot was saved. Then in the 8th minute Sarah J slotted a shot past their goalkeeper into the middle of their net for our second goal.

Lindsey and Jenny both had two attempts before we earned two corner kicks that Sarah A took in the 16th minute. Then Lindsey's shot was wide, Sarah A's shot was saved and Sarah J's shot was wide.

Izzy, in outside defense, did well to get sufficiently forward to make a shot, but it went wide. After Meredith S took a corner kick for us, Sarah J and Lindsey had shots go wide. Jenny's shot in the 27th minute was saved.

Namya, playing in central midfield, made two goals in two minutes at the 30 minute mark -- one lower left and the other lower right. She had a shot go wide just before Mari, also in outside defense got off a nice shot that was saved.

Sarah J stunned Amherst in the 36th minute with a rocket of a shot that hit the cross-bar on the left side and then bounced down into the Amherst goal for our 5th goal.

At half-time, we reiterated not holding the ball -- both to practice being quicker but also to avoid being tackled -- and better communication so that players receiving the ball know what to expect about pressure on them.

Namya had a shot go wide and Sarah A took a corner kick in the 42nd minute. Immediately after that Sarah A's shot rebounded out for Jenny to half-volley into the Amherst net for our 6th goal.

Lindsey's shot was saved but bounced out for Namya, whose shot was also saved. Amherst's goalkeeper was extremely busy and very effective many times! But Sarah J's clever shot in the 46th minute was too much for her, and it seemed to sneak underneath her as it hit the Amherst net for our 7th goal.

Lindsey kept at it with another shot in the 48th minute -- saved. A minute later, Jenny floated in a perfectly aimed a weighted ball with a high arc that sailed over the Amherst goalkeeper and into the middle of the Amherst net for our 8th goal of the game.

During the next two minutes two of shots were saved and one over and Sarah J hit the cross-bar again but her shot was saved. Jenny had another shot saved, then Meredith's shot looked like a sure goal but was headed out by an Amherst defender -- reminiscent of Kristine Lilly in Women's World Cup play.

Namya's shot was saved, Lindsey's free kick was saved, then another of Lindsey's shots was saved. Sarah A took a corner kick, then her shot was saved, along with another of Lindsey's shots.

Katy S showed her immense speed on the right wing, getting forward many times and making crosses that gave us scoring opportunities. In the 64th minute she got a shot off that went wide, then Sarah A's shot went over the cross-bar. Lindsey had another go over then one saved.

Amherst kept up their attempts to deal with us and earned a free kick in the middle of the field in the 71st minute. Then they got off their first shot of the game, but it went wide -- giving Bri nothing to worry about. Amherst earned another free kick in the middle of the field, but it didn't help them because our solid defense quickly got the ball back. 

Julia F-O'L suffered an impact from an Amherst player that sent her off near the end of the game for some ice, but the team finished the game strongly without any substitutes.

After Sarah J's shot went wide in the 73rd minute, Jenny had a shot go over and another shot hit the upright. Then Sarah J had two shots saved, and Sarah A had one more before taking another corner kick for us. In the last minute of the game, Lindsey got off another shot, but it was saved.

Julia's dad (who teaches biology at Amherst) again complimented you on your talent, skill and team work. It was great to see so many passes connected and for us to regain the ball very quickly whenever we lost it. There were many great runs off the ball -- creating an immense number of passes that evaded the Amherst players over and over.

Our team also witnessed the success of switching the ball's direction and not always going directly forward -- something we have talked a lot about and worked on in practice. Counting 50 shots on the Amherst goal also gives a clear indication of how strong a showing it was for Dartmouth today!

F: Lizzie+Sarah J, Jenny
CM: Lindsey+Nam
OM: Sarah A+Meredith, Katy S
CD: Tina+Julia F-O'L
OD: Mari+Izzy, Nam

Shots 50:1  Saves 0:22

1 Sarah A upper left --> 1:0
5 Sarah J shot wide
6 Jenny shot saved
8 Sarah J middle of the Amherst net --> 2:0
11 Lindsey shot wide
13 Lindsey shot hit the (out)side netting
14 Jenny header wide
16 Jenny shot wide
     Sarah A took two corner kicks
     Lindsey shot wide
18 Sarah A shot saved
19 Sarah J shot wide
20 Izzy shot wide
22 Meredith S corner
25 Sarah J shot wide
26 Lindsey shot wide
27 Jenny shot saved
30 Namya lower left corner --> 3:0
31 Namya lower right corner --> 4:0
34 Namya shot over
35 Mari shot saved
36 Sarah J hit left cross-bar, bounced down --> 5:0
41 Namya shot wide
42 Sarah corner
    Sarah shot blocked, Jenny got rebound half-volley --> 6:0
44 Lindsey shot saved
    Namya rebound saved
46 Sarah J nutmegged their gk --> 7:0
48 Lindsey shot saved
49 Jenny high-arcing ball over gk --> 8:0
50 Lindsey shot saved
51 Lindsey shot over
     Sarah J shot hit the cross-bar
     Lindsey shot saved
53 Jenny shot saved
56 Meredith S shot saved by Amherst heading it out
     Nam shot saved
58 Lindsey free kick saved
60 Lindsey shot saved
62 Sarah A corner
     Sarah shot saved
     Lindsey shot saved
64 Katy shot wide
65 Sarah A shot over
66 Lindsey shot over
70 Lindsey shot saved
71 Amherst free kick
    Amherst shot wide
72 Amherst free kick
73 Sarah J shot wide
74 Jenny shot over
75 Jenny shot hit the upright
76 Sarah J shot saved
77 Sarah A shot saved
78 Sarah J shot saved
    Sarah A corner
79 Lindsey shot saved

Sunday, September 24, 2017

UVM 23sep2017

We have great respect for UVM's team and usually have trouble scoring on them. Today was no exception, although we improved as the game progressed and outshot them 10:2!

We had hot summer conditions and even some fans -- Claire's grandmother and Lizzie's family! We spoke about being quick with the ball -- anticipating UVM's speed and immediate pressure they always seem to exert.

We started strong, earning an early corner and Meredith G's promising shot in the 11th minute. Bri saved us by saving a powerful UVM shot in the 19th minute; we were fortunate she played -- she had a quad pull in our game at Holy Cross.

Callie almost scored with a shot from long distance that could have snuck in over the goalkeeper's head but sailed over instead. Soon after that, Lindsey issued a strong shot that was saved. 

The warm weather made it difficult for either team to maintain much possession, and there were periods late in the first half when the midfield was relatively vacant. Both teams exhibited very strong defense that limited scoring opportunities.

During the break we spoke about more diagonal runs/dribbles, better and more positive communication and trying 4-3-3 instead of our starting 4-4-2, hoping to gain more control of the midfield.

We had some difficulty getting settled into a new formation, and we were fortunate that Mari was faster than the UVM attacker who fired a shot that Mari was able to block in the 46th minute.

For about 15 minutes neither team could be very threatening, but after we decided to return to our 4-4-2 formation, Lizzie got off two shots -- one blocked and the other saved. Immediately after that Sarah A, Meredith S, Elise and Dani all had shots blocked or saved. Dani's shot earned us a corner taken by Elise, and we almost scored on the melee in front of the net but their goalkeeper prevented us.

With our many shots in the second half, we seemed likely to win, but UVM's defense and goalkeeping got the better of uas -- credit to them! We somewhat wished there would be another chance to play UVM since they have so much quality. 

We relished our strong play with wonderfully tasty and individually wraped cookies sent from Meredith S's mom -- THANKS!

G: Bri
CD: Mari+Tina, Julia
OD: Izzi+Katie, Callie+Katy
CM: Lindsey+Elise, Namya+Meredith G
OM: Meredith S+Jenna, Sarah A+Julia C, Jenny+Nat
F: Lizzie+Claire, Sarah J+Dani

Shots 10:2  Saves 2:9

5 Claire corner
11 Meredith G shot blocked
19 UVM shot saved
20 Callie shot over
21 Callie free kick
24 Claire corner
25 Lindsey shot saved
33 UVM corner
35 UVM free kick
38 Dartmouth corner
39 UVM corner
46 Mari blocked UVM shot
60 UVM corner
66 Lizzie shot blocked
67 Lizzie shot saved
68 Sarah A shot saved
72 Meredith S shot saved
73 Elise shot saved
74 Dani shot blocked for an Elise corner, rebound saved
77 UVM corner
80 UVM corner
81 UVM free kick

Sunday, September 17, 2017

at Holy Cross 17sep2017

We met at 11am to drive to Worcester MA for our first divisional game at Holy Cross at 3pm. Izzy's folks (thanks again for wonderful and much-needed fruit and drinks!), Katy's mom and Julia F-O'L's dad were there!

With summer-like temperatures and sun, we were glad to play on grass rather than the turf we thought would be our field. We had not played Holy Cross before. The grass was long, so we expected the ball to be slow.

Lizzie, Jenna and Claire had shots wide or saved, but in the 7th minute Claire converted with a shot into the lower left side of the Holy Cross goal. Holy Cross had good energy but we had more technical skill.

Our new players added a great deal of quality and threat to our game! After Sarah A's shot was saved, Sarah J perhaps only one minute after stepping onto the field got a shot off that was wide, and in the 15th minute Dani's shot hit the upper right area of the Holy Cross net for our 2nd goal.

Only one minute later Sarah J scored with a shot high and a little left of center Meredith G had a shot go over the cross-bar, and Jenny got us our 4th goal in the upper right area of their net. A minute later, Lizzie's shot was blocked but Lindsey was there to hit the rebound over the bar.

After Claire had a shot go over the bar, she beat her defender to send a rolling shot into the low left side of the Holy Cross goal. Dani had another shot saved, Sarah A took two corner kicks and (perhaps) Sarah J's shot was the one saved in the 31st minute -- it was hard to see whose shot it was.

In the last few minutes of the half, Namya had a shot saved, Callie got off a free kick, Dani's shot was wide and so was Meredith G's. 

At half-time we spoke about trying a few diagonal dribbles, being quicker and making runs off the ball. After a couple corner kicks, Lizzie earned us our 6th goal with a shot low and in the middle of their goal.

Lindsey had a shot go wide, Claire had a shot deflected, another wide and one that bounced back out for Namya to tap in for our 7th goal in the 44th minute. Two minutes later, Sarah J took a shot from long distance that gave us our 8th goal. 

After that, Dani's shot went wide, Namya's shot wide, and Sarah J's was deflected for a corner. Sarah J had another shot go over, Meredith G had one go wide and Katy had her shot saved before Claire had three more shots wide or over. 

We felt so good having so much talent on the team! Julia F-O'L's dad complimented the team, too. We will take some confidence into our upcoming game with UVM, most likely!

G: Brianna
CD: Mari+Tina
OD: Callie+Katie, Julia+Izzy
CM: Lindsey+ Elise, Namya+Meredith G, Jenny
OM: Meredith S+Jenna, Sarah A+Katy, Jenny
F: Claire+Lizzie, Sarah J+Dani

Shots 35:0 Saves 0:10

2 Lizzie shot wide
3 Callie corner, Jenna shot saved
5 Claire shot wide
7 Claire lower left --> 1:0
11 Sarah A shot saved
12 Sarah J shot wide
15 Dani upper right --> 2:0
16 Sarah J high middle --> 3:0
18 Meredith G shot over
20 Jenny upper right --> 4:0
21 Lizzie shot blocked, Lindsey shot over
23 Claire shot over
26 Claire roller left side --> 5:0
30 Dani shot saved
31 Sarah A 2 corners, Sarah J? shot saved
32 Namya shot saved
33 Callie free kick
34 Dani shot wide
35 Meredith G shot wide
37 Meredith S corner
38 Dartmouth corner, Lizzie low-middle --> 6:0
39 Lindsey shot wide
41 Claire corner, Claire shot deflected
43 Claire shot wide
44 Claire shot bounced back out, Namya rebound -->7:0
46 Sarah J shot from long distance --> 8:0
48 Dani shot wide
49 Namya shot wide, Sarah A corner
51 Sarah J shot deflected, Jenny corner
53 Sarah J shot over
54 Meredith G shot wide
58 Claire corner
62 Katy shot saved
65 Holy Cross free kick
68 Claire shot wide
69 Claire shot over
70 Claire shot over 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

St Anselm 10sep2017

GK: Callie
CD: Mari+Christina
OD: Izzy+Katie
CM: Elise+Lindsey+Maria, Namya
OM: Meredith+Jenna, Sarah+Nat
F: Lizzie

Over the summer we decided to play a team outside our division as a way possibly to accrue extra points that might help us get into the Regional Tournament in late October. St Anselm was game for it, but it meant we would have to play before classes started. If any team can pull that off without preparation it is ours!

Christina's parents and puppies made the 11-hour trip north and even brought goodies for the team, and Maria's folks were there in addition to some students who were on the 1st-year trip that Namya led!

The field and weather could not have been nicer -- 20+C/70F and blue sky. We last played St Anselm in 2012, but they look much improved today and had a full team of substitute players. 

Without Laura in goal (away this fall with Geology Dept), Callie rescued us and offered to play that critical position! We kept our 4-5-1 formation with only 3 subs, so many players stayed in the whole game!

St Anselm looked sharp and assertive, putting immediate pressure on us and keeping the ball from us for a lot of the first half, but Namya got off a shot for us in the 18th minute. We did some "switching of the field" by sending the ball from one side to another using a series of passes, and we had some spells of good possession and our defense and goalkeeper (Callie made three saves in the 1st period) were solid and reliable.

At half-time we spoke about expanding when we have the ball and contracting when we don't have it and taking more shots. 

We looked much the better team in the 2nd period! Jenna immediately won us a corner, Namya got off a shot in the 45th minute, Callie made another save and Jenna almost scored in the 49th and 50th minutes. Lizzie had her shot saved right after that, as did Elise and Nat. 

In the 60th minute Namya's shot went just wide of the upright, then after St Anselm's 2nd of two shots in the half went wide Sarah's shot was saved, Meredith's was wide and Namya's wide as well. With a little longer than 35-minute half (we had tryouts right after the game) we might have been able to score! 

Everyone felt it was a good game -- both teams were solid and had good chances. We looked so much better in the second half -- without practice, having just arrived on campus!

Shots 11:6  Saves 4:4

2 St Anselm corner
7 St Anselm shot saved
18 Namya shot wide
22 St Anselm shot saved
23 Izzy free kick
33 St Anselm shot saved
38 St Anselm shot wide
42 Jenna won us a corner taken by Lindsey
45 Namya shot wide
48 St Anselm shot saved
49 Jenna cross/shot wide
50 Jenna shot wide
52 Lizzie shot saved
53 Dartmouth corner
56 Elise shot saved
59 Nat shot saved
60 Namya shot wide
63 St Anselm shot wide
68 Sarah shot saved
69 Meredith shot wide
71 Namya shot wide

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Brandeis Tournament 22apr2017

High 30sF and cloudy when we left Hanover became 40sF with drizzle in Waltham when we arrived around 10:40am. We always look forward to playing here because the competition is high-quality and the turf playing surface reliable no matter what weather we face.

We were greeted warmly by Lizzie's family and Izzy's folks, who both brought amazing treats!

Without GK Laura, we were rescued by the immense generosity of Sarah A, Mel and Maria! 

G: Sarah A, Mel, Maria

CD: Mari+Christina
OD: Julia+Katie, Izzy+Mel
CM: Sarah L+Caroline+Namya, Elise+Maria
OM: Mel+Lizzie, Meredith+Jenna
F: Rose, Haley

v Bentley

Bentley looked very sprightly and had five shots in the 35-minute game. Sarah came up big for us in goal, saving two hard on-target shots and almost preserving our shut-out. But Bentley was rewarded with some luck in the very last minute after Sarah saved their first shot but they scrambled for the rebound to score the only goal.

Shots 0:5 Saves 2:0

2 Bentley shot wide

10 Bentley corner
11 Bentley shot saved by Sarah for a corner
13 Bentley corner
18 Dartmouth free kick
19 Bentley shot over
31 Bentley free kick wide
33 Bentley corner
34 Bentley first shot saved but got rebound --> 0:1

v Emmanuel

After an early Dartmouth corner, Emmanuel got off their first shot on a free kick that went wide in the 8th minute. Haley, Elise and Namya all made good shots on target but neither team could score. 

Shots 3:2  Saves 0:3

2 Dartmouth corner
8 Emmanuel free kick wide
10 Haley shot saved
12 Dartmouth free kick
14 Elise free kick saved
19 Emmanuel shot wide
21 Namya shot blocked for a corner
29 Dartmouth corner
34 Emmanuel free kick

v Brandeis

Our hosts are always very strong and difficult to beat, and their high quality showed immediately when they put a ball out wide right to their winger who got in behind for their first goal in the 3rd minute.

Sarah came up big again, with three saves in the first ten minutes! After one of Sarah's brilliant saves, the Brandeis left winger made a cross for a tap-in at the 13th minute. 

We had many sequences of effective give-and-go passes that showed our quality against a great team, and Lizzie got off a good shot that was saved in the 23rd minute.

After another one of Sarah's saves in the 25th minute, Brandeis beat us soundly for their last two goals in the 28th and 29th minutes. 

It was good for us to play such a strong team and to see that we had periods of great passing and could often match their strength. And the treats that Izzy and Lizzie's parents brought were a wonderful touch for us!

Shots 1:9  Saves 4:1

3 Brandeis right wing  got in behind us --> 0:1

6 Brandeis shot saved by Sarah A
   Brandeis shot hit cross-bar
   Brandeis shot saved by Sarah A
10 Brandeis shot saved by Sarah A
13 Brandeis cross from left wing for tap in --> 0:2
20 Brandeis corner
21 Dartmouth corner
23 Lizzie shot saved
25 Brandeis shot saved by Sarah A
28 Brandeis shot from right to left netting --> 0:3
29 Brandeis one v one --> 0:4 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

at Yale 8apr2017

With snow piles still on campus, we were lucky to be invited to play at Yale, whose fields were open. We saw snow flakes when we left around 8am but good 10C/50F temps welcomed us in New Haven. The wind, however, made it feel much cooler, but it was good playing weather.

The field was very bumpy and the grass extremely short, so the ball moved erratically. Because of the wind, we spoke about making passes on the ground in hopes of keeping possession. 

Nat's dad and Caroline's parents and sweet puppy Rosie joined us! We had been invited to play both of Yale's club teams, so games were scheduled for noon and 1:30. We accepted Yale's offer to play shortened halves -- 30' each.

Mel offered to play in goal (Laura's off campus this term) because she picked up an injury during our indoor game at Grantham last week. Very brave of her! We decided to reuse our 4-5-1 (4 defenders - 5 midfielders - 1 striker) formation because it seemed to work well last fall for controlling the game and maintaining the most possession.

The C1 team seemed the more skilled of the two Yale teams, and they got off the first shot, but Namya and Christyn both got off shots before Katie (in left defense) got way forward (GOOD JOB) and crossed the ball to Namya, who fed it to Lizzie for the only goal of the game in the 26th minute. The goal was proof that we learned how to overcome a very organized Yale defense that crowded their goal -- coming from the left side made it much harder for Yale to defend.

Yale had some chances after that, and Namya and Elise got off more shots. Our back line was impenetrable and very well coordinated. They showed composure in our third by connecting good passes (sometimes even back-passes) and sometimes making attacking dribble-runs out of the back that were exciting to see!

Our midfield was energetic and quick. Yale put up immense pressure, so it was difficult to keep possession, but we earned the ball back by working hard. 

The C2 team seemed very feisty and more physical, but we maintained our composure and kept our pace high. We had more shots on target in this game. After Namya, Jenna, Lizzie and Haley got off a series of shots in the first half, Yale got their only shot just before the break. 

We spoke about stepping to the ball sooner and making more diagonal runs and passes. After only two minutes into the 2nd half, Caroline hit a cracker of a shot from something like 30 yd out, coming from the left side of the field and hitting the far side net for our first goal.

Yale kept working hard and at times were pretty physical, perhaps due to frustration, but we maintained our work rate, too, and were rewarded late in the game when Sarah's corner found Lizzie for our 2nd goal.

For not playing very much all winter we looked sprightly and sharp! Perhaps our team was just excited to be outdoors in bright but windy sunshine. Our fitness looked great, too, playing two hours with only 5 substitutes and not looking at all tired!

GK: Mel
CD: Mari+Christina
OD: Izzy+Katie
CM: Sarah L+Namya+Meredith, Caroline+Elise
OM: Haley+Jenna, Nat+Christyn
F: Lizzie, Morgan

Shots 6:6  Saves 1:2

v Yale C1
4 Yale shot wide
11 Namya shot wide
18 Yale shot wide
19 Christyn shot saved
20 Yale shot wide
23 Namya shot wide
26 Katie to Namya to Lizzie --> 1:0
28 Yale shot wide
34 Yale shot blocked
50 Namya shot wide
54 Yale corner
55 Elise shot saved
56 Yale corner
59 Yale shot saved

Shots 8:1  Saves 0:5

v Yale C2
5 Namya shot wide
6 Jenna shot saved for a corner
6 Katie shot saved
18 Lizzie shot saved
19 Haley shot saved
24 Lizzie shot saved
29 Yale corner, shot wide
32 Caroline from 30 yd! --> 1:0
48 Dartmouth corner
52 Yale corner
53 Yale corner (2)
56 Dartmouth corner 
56 Sarah corner to Lizzie --> 2:0
57 Yale corner

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Tufts 5Nov2016

In our 18 games versus Tufts since 2003 when we were both JV teams, we have won 12 - lost 1 - tied 6, so we always expect a close, fiercely-played game. The rain stopped just in time and the mostly-cloudy-50sF-temperature weather was perfect for a game!

Morgan's dad was here all the way from CA, joined by Sarah L's dad, Christyn's family, Lizzie's folks and Callie's folks. There were special treats, notably cupcakes from Lou's to celebrate Sarah A's birthday (!) and others to thank the seniors for their many contributions to the team.

We spoke about keeping the ball moving since it can move faster than opposing players. Rose got a shot off in the very first minute but it went wide. Only four minutes later Mel made a long dribble into the Tufts third and got off her shot, which was saved. Rose had a great deal of space on the left side of the field, and the team did a wonderful job seeing and hearing her to switch the play several times -- something we have worked on a lot this fall.

In the 10th minute, Morgan -- playing forward for a change! -- earned a corner that Rose took. Then Lindsey had a shot saved and Haley's hit the upright. In the 27th minute Mel had her shot smothered by the Tufts goalkeeper and right after that Elise made a glorious cross into the Tufts box that Haley magically was able to volley but was saved.

Finally after 30 minutes Tufts had a chance but Laura made the save. Right after that Sarah L took a corner kick that reached Haley but went over the crossbar.

At halftime we reflected on good ball movement and scoring opportunities but suggested that we could benefit by putting earlier pressure on Tufts to force them to be more predictable and/or make mistakes.

In the 43rd minute, Tufts somehow got the ball into our goal box, but Laura came out quickly to prevent a shot. The rebound came off a Tufts player and could have gone in our goal but instead went wide.

Christina showed her immense skill and speed to dribble far up the field several times, and in the 47th minute she earned a free kick after Tufts fouled her. 

Mel got a shot off in the 53rd minute that went wide and a couple minutes later Laura made another save for us when Tufts got a shot off. They had another shot go wide before Haley got off a shot that went wide in the 59th minute. It was wonderful to see Haley and Callie both in great form having both suffered from concussions earlier this season.

Mel got another chance in the 61st minute that went wide just before her immense work-rate paid off when she won space to cross the ball from the left side into the area just in front of the Tufts goalkeeper. Lizzie was there to head the cross in for our only goal. She might have remembered doing the same thing last year when we won 1:0 as well!

Tufts made a threatening cross into our goal box in the 70th minute, but Elise was there to clear it away for a Tufts corner. Five minutes later they got free kick that Laura easily caught. Rose made a key save after subbing in for outside back. In the last minute Laura saved another Tufts shot for a corner, and their final shot went wide. WHEW!

Mari and Christina played the entire game without a sub! Katie played all but a few minutes and didn't really need a sub when Rose went in for her. We played well as a unit and made good passes under pressure. Tufts kept working hard, and the game could have gone either way, so we were lucky to get a win from them. Now we're 12-1-6 W-L-T with them.

After the game we sang Happy Birthday to Sarah A and enjoyed many fine treats and a touching rose-presentation for seniors. Four years seems to fly by fast when you're having as much fun as this team has!

Shots 11:7  Saves 7:4

F: Morgan, Lizzie, Meredith, Haley, Nat
CM: Sarah L+Lindsey+Mel, Elise, Namya
OM: Rose+Christyn, Haley+Jenna, Nat+Sarah A
CD: Mari+Christina
OD: Callie+Katie, Elise, Rose
G: Laura

1 Rose shot wide
5 Mel long dribble, shot saved
10 Morgan earned a corner taken by Rose
13 Lindsey shot saved
24 Haley shot hit the post
27 Mel shot smothered
28 Elise to Haley volley saved
30 Tufts shot saved by Laura
31 Sarah L corner, Haley shot over
43 Laura out to block a shot, rebound wide
47 Christina earned free kick taken by Elise
53 Mel shot wide
55 Tufts shot saved by Laura
57 Tufts shot wide
59 Haley shot wide
61 Mel shot wide
64 Mel cross from the left side, Lizzie header --> 1:0
70 Tufts cross cleared by Elise for a Tufts corner
75 Tufts free kick saved
78 Rose saved a Tufts shot
80 Tufts shot saved by Laura for a corner, Tufts shot wide