A nice partly-cloudy and windy 10C/50F day, the trip into Boston was easy and traffic was manageable. We got there a little over an hour ahead of 4pm game time! Watching the Holy Cross-Yale men's club game was the uncle of Lindsay Leone '06 who played on our team!
We had a huge fan group! Emily Niehaus '12 and a friend of hers, Lindsay's grandparents, Caroline's family, Courtney's family, Amanda W's family from Ohio (!), Julia's parents, Hannah N's parents in a VW microbus with an "Eye of the Tiger" sign on the side, Molly's (?), Ginny came after her job interview in Boston, and there might have been others!
Surprisingly, Harvard's coach insisted that that we play 40-minute halves -- no explanation but maybe a good idea since the temperature would be dropping after sunset.
We knew from last spring that Harvard was FIESTY! We spoke about being quick with the easy passes and to be diagonal with passes and dribbles, as we had practiced.
Harvard was very energetic and made it difficult for us to keep the ball, but their style was easy for our defenders to manage. We were quick to ball and quick with our passes, so we were able to create a lot of chances. Jenn, Mila and Allison hammered their goal before Christine's corner in the 31st minute found Amanda F-C for our first goal. We all took a sigh of relief!
At the half we felt we were playing the way we should and recommitted to quick, diagonal passes. Sending the ball long, Harvard got a couple chances. Hannah bravely came way out to prevent a Harvard cross from becoming a scoring opportunity.
Most of the action was in the Harvard half because our passes were really accurate and our movement off the ball was so helpful. In the 72nd minute, a great string of passes from Christine to Sophie to Amanda W to Lindsay created our second goal, and right afterwards Kristin made a strong dribble through pressure to set up Amanda W's goal. Both Amanda's and Christine had more chances before Amanda W set up Lindsay's second goal.
We were happy with our possession and technique! And delighted to have so many fans and treats they brought, too!
GK: Hannah N
OD: Blythe+Liz, Annie+Kate
CD: Julia+Collin, Christine+Tessa
OM: Jenn+Mila, Amanda W+Katherine
CM: Shelby+Molly, Kristin+Amanda FC
F: Allison+Courtney, Caroline, Lindsay, Sophie
Shots 15:6 Saves 4:5
3 D corner -- Courtney's header over
7 Harvard shot saved
9 Jenn shot wide
14 Jenn shot wide
19 Mila shot saved
24 Allison shot wide
28 Harvard rolling shot saved
31 Christine's corner found Amanda FC --> 1:0
33 D corner
37 Sophie shot saved
42 D corner, Julia's header over
43 D corner
45 Harvard shot over
47 Allison shot saved
50 Harvard roller wide
70 Harvard (sort of a) shot saved
71 Hannah N came way out to grab a threatening cross
72 Christine to Sophie to Amanda W to Lindsay --> 2:0
74 Kristin dribble through pressure, pass to Amanda W --> 3:0
76 Amanda FC shot deflected
78 Amanda W shot saved
79 Christine shot saved
80 Amanda W pass to Lindsay --> 4:0
Harvard shot wide