Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Middlebury 28Sep2011

A beautiful day in the 20's C/70's F at Sachem.  We spoke about being quicker and more diagonal with passes and dribbles.  

Middlebury came out fiesty and caught us with one early mistake, putting away the first goal.  We had the most shots and were rewarded by a free kick after a tackle on Caroline in her burst into Middlebury's penalty box.  Molly blasted a shot into the upper left corner, beating their GK.

At half-time we talked about being quicker and better organized in the back.  We reminded ourselves to send passes on a diagonal.  The team suggested subbing every 10 minutes rather than every 15 minutes.

In the second half we improved on our possession and ability to get into their third of the field.  We had six or seven good scoring opportunities while Middlebury was not able to produce any that I noted.  We got much better width and kept the ball in their third most of the time.

Shots 12:3  Saves 1:4

F: Emily N+Julia, Caroline+Courtney

OM: Bri+Mila, Ginny+Jenn, Katherine
CM: Shelby+Laura, Natalie+Molly
OD: Liz N+Christine, Blythe+Annie O
CD: Ally+Annie
G: Dani

4 Julia shot wide
5 Middlebury break away --> 0:1
6 Christine corner
9 Julia shot wide
20 Jenn shot saved
24 Emily N shot saved
30 Caroline won us a free kick, converted by Molly --> 1:1
32 Middlebury shot wide
39 Middlebury shot saved by Dani's dive right
39 Middlebury corner
45 Molly shot wide
50 Emily N shot saved
55 Julia shot wide
56 Dartmouth corner
56 Emily shot over
58 Jenn shot wide
61 Liz N shot saved
73 Caroline shot wide
85 Dartmouth corner over the net

Sunday, September 25, 2011

UMass 25Sep2011

It was a hot 27C/80F, and we had waited after our game with UVM for them to play UMass before we could play UMass.  Our 2nd game of the day started at 3pm.  It felt like a long day since we started at Garipay before 11am.

UMass tied UVM 0:0 before they played us.  I the first half we had 3 shots to their 4 with none of those on target.  At the half we talked about settling the game down and connecting our passes; we did a much better job doing that, but we had one mistake that cost us a goal.

After the goal, we had 7 shots but only one on target.  UMass had one shot over and one hit the cross-bar.  We were the better side but we couldn't find the target, that's all!  Our passing got better, we made more diagonal runs and passes, and there was more action in their half than ours.  Even though we were tired (3 games in two days!) we kept trying to the end.  Afterward we decided *not* to schedule any more Sat-Sun game days!

F: Emily+Courtney, Julia, Caroline, Bri
CM: Molly+Emily Baer, Shelby+Natalie, Laura 
WM: Jenn+Mila, Ginny+Catherine
CD: Ally+Annie S, Hannah
OD: Blythe+Liz, Christine+Annie O
G: Dani

Shots 10:7  Saves 1:1

2 Emily B shot wide
4 Jenn shot wide
11 UMass corner
18 Dani came out to grab a ground ball before UMass could get to it
20 Julia shot wide
23 UMass shot over
27,33,34 Umass shot wide
35 UMass shot into the left side of our goal --> 0:1
38 Jenn shot wide
39 Emily N shot wide
44 UMass hit the upright
45 Caroline shot wide
47 Molly free kick wide
50 Julia shot wide
54 Ally shot saved
56 UMass shot over
59 Ginny shot over

UVM 25Sep2011

Last May, UMass asked to play our team this fall and suggested a round-robin with UVM.  The team's leaders thought it might be possible to play two 60-min games in one day since a lot of players would be available so early in the term.  

We were at Williams yesterday, and we were starting to improve our passes and find each other more often.

The weather was wonderfully warm and clear -- 20's C/70's F.  We were at Garipay (Sachem had a frisbee tournament), which was in good condition.

Molly started off the shooting with 4 shots in ten minutes; Jenn had a shot over the bar.  Twenty minutes went by before UVM had a shot that was easily saved by our wonderful new sub GK Chelsea Estevez '14.  Right after that Christine's corner found Shelby, who made scoring look easy!

In the second 1/2-hour half, UVM stepped up their game, getting 6 of their 8 shots off, one finally making it in to tie the game.  They only had 3 shots on target; we had 6.

By the end of the game, after playing two days in a row, many were thinking we had taken on more games than we should have!  We will keep this in mind next fall!

F: Emily+Courtney, Julia, Caroline, Bri
CM: Molly+Emily Baer, Shelby+Natalie, Laura 
WM: Jenn+Mila, Ginny+Catherine
CD: Ally+Annie S, Hannah
OD: Blythe+Liz, Christine+Annie O
G: Chelsea Estevez '14 sub for Dani

Shots 11:8  Saves 1:4

1,2,7,10 Molly's shots saved
13 Jenn's shot over
19 UVM shot saved by Chelsea
20 Christine's corner converted by Shelby --> 1:0
23 Shelby's shot over
25 UVM shot hit the cross-bar
35 Jenn's shot saved
37 Jenn's shot wide
40 UVM scored --> 1:1
44 Julia's shot wide
44 Christine's corner
48 UVM two corners
50, 51 UVM shot wide
52 Bri's shot wide
58 UVM shot saved by Chelsea

Saturday, September 24, 2011

at Williams 24Sep2011

After a 2.5 hour trip through flood-ravaged southern Vermont, Williams hosted our game on their turf field since their grass fields were damaged by hurricane Irene.  

Both teams worked hard to get the ball, and there was very little shooting because neither team could hold the ball very long.

Williams looked a lot stronger than they have for several years, and the quick bouncy turf surface created challenges for controlling the ball.  

In the first half we tried mostly to go straight up the field with our passes, but after our half-time discussion we did better at keeping the ball, switching the attack, making diagonal passes on the ground.  We even made passes back in order to maintain better possession.

It was beginning to look like a 0:0 draw, but Jenn's tenacity near the Williams box earned a free kick in the last minute of play.  She sent the ball to Molly, whose shot rattled the upright.  Caroline hustled to hit the rebound into the back of the net!  The Williams coach couldn't believe it.  

We improved the most as the game progressed, so it could be argued that we most deserved the WIN!  The new players were amazing, too, with Caroline '15 scoring the goal!

F: Emily+Courtney, Julia, Caroline

CM: Molly+Emily Baer, Shelby+Natalie
WM: Jenn+Mila, Ginny+Catherine
CD: Ally+Annie S, Hannah
OD: Blythe+Liz, Christine+Annie O
G: Dani

Shots 6:3   Saves 1:2

28 Williams shot over the bar from free kick
39 Molly's shot saved
58 Emily N's shot saved
62 Williams shot from a free kick saved by Dani
67 Williams shot wide
78 Caroline and Ginny shots blocked
89 Williams shot over
90 Jenn to Molly whose shot hit the upright, Caroline got the rebound --> 1:0