Windy, mostly sunny, 15+C/60'sF at Keene for our first games! Blessed by new players, we learned a lot in our first two games!
We played 35-minute halves since there were three teams playing each other "round-robin" (who put the robin in that term?). We knew both teams from previous seasons but hadn't played them for a few years.
My advice was to possess the ball in order to preserve our energy for two games -- to make the easy passes. Keene had lots of energy in the first half, but we learned from each other how to connect more and more passes as the game progressed, and we created more scoring opportunities.
Our powerful and deep bench made it easy to remain fresh, and new players Amanda Flugstad-Clarke, Allison Steele and Lindsay Keare scored in the 2nd half, adding to Jenn and Molly's two-goals-each!
G: Hannah N
CD: Collin+Molly, Tessa+Hannah W
OD: Blythe+Liz, Annie O+Kate
CM: Shelby+Julia, Amanda F-C+Kristin
OM: Jenn+Ginny, Amanda W+Katherine+Allison
F: Courtney+Natalie, Caroline+Lindsay
v Keene at 11:30am
Shots 22:0 Saves 0:4
2 D corner
3 Jenn shot over
4 Courtney header, Jenn rebound --> 1:0
5 Molly's shot hit the cross-bar!
10 Molly ripped a shot into the net --> 2:0
16 Shelby shot over
23,24 D corner
27 Allison's shot saved --> D corner
Caroline's shot saved
33 Allison's shot over
35 Kristin's shot over
39 Molly's shot wide
41 Jenn's shot wide
45 D corner
46 Jenn's shot hit the side netting! --> 3:0
47 Natalie's shot saved
Courtney's shot saved --> D corner
48 D corner, Shelby's shot over
57 Jenn's pass to Molly --> 4:0
63 Kristin's shot wide
64 Kristin's shot deflected
66 Amanda FC's left-footed shot rocketed into the right side of the net --> 5:0
67 Annie O to Allison for a header into the upper left corner --> 6:0
67 Amanda F-C to Lindsay --> 7:0
v St Anselm at 1pm
Before our 2nd game we spoke about being quicker to pass, and that we did exactly that. St Anselm put a lot of pressure on us, but we were quicker to ball than they and connected more of our passes, giving us more possession.
During the 140 minutes of playing we improved our passing and switched the ball more as we played. Our passing got quicker, and our movement off the all improved. This is a team of fast-learners!
Molly's family was there to see her hat-trick of goals! Hannah N's dad and the Cima's came, too. Ron Cima took more great photo's for us, including our team photo -- thank you, Ron!
Shots 16:1 Saves 1:5
6 Shelby's shot wide
8 Molly to Jenn to Natalie -- should have been a goal but hand-ball was called
Jenn's PK went over
13 Shelby's shot over
15 Julia's shot over for a corner --> Katherine's shot over
16 D corner
18 Natalie demonstrated power-shot technique --> 1:0
20 Hannah dove to her left to smother an oncoming ball before St Anselm could threaten
21 Molly's shot was another rocket --> 2:0
26 Amanda W's shot saved
34 Caroline's shot deflected and was headed to goal but saved
36 D corner
Molly's shot saved
39 Natalie's shot saved
45 Molly hit another rocket from far out --> 3:0
46 D corner
52 Lindsay's perfect pass to Molly --> 4:0
55 Katherine's shot saved
65 Caroline's shot hit the post