Cloudy but warm 15C/60F with our field in excellent condition, we were delighted to see Christine's mom and dad and Claire's grandmother! Several players had late classes and arrived with only a few minutes to prepare.
We spoke about making good passes -- our focus in training this week.
Middlebury's team, one of the few remaining JV teams, was fired up (their first game!) and pressured us intensely, but Claire got off the first shot of the game in the first minute. A minute later, Middlebury almost scored with an open net with an errant shot wide.
Caroline V had a shot wide in the third minute, followed by another wide Middlebury shot. Mel had shots wide and on target, as did Middlebury, before she set up Shelby in the 20th minute for our first goal.
We recovered from looking a little dazed and shaky from Middlebury's intensity, and began to take control of the game. In the 25th minute Rose had a shot over then soon after that a shot wide.
In the 35th minute, Claire's shot was blocked for a corner that she took; Leah got her head on Claire's cross but it was saved. A minute later Claire set up Rose with a brilliantly placed rolling cross for Rose to tap into the net for our second goal.
In the 40th minute, Claire had another shot saved for a corner, followed by a Middlebury shot wide and Christyn's shot that was blocked just before the half.
At half-time we spoke about being quicker with our passes, since Middlebury had not let up their pressure whatsoever. We also noted their use of long, diagonal air passes in behind our defense, who dealt well with those tactics. And we thanked Hannah for her bold movement out onto the field to prevent a few key plays Middlebury made.
In the first minute of the 2nd half, Allison had a very solid shot saved, followed by the same for Christyn. Julia S had a good chance in the 54th minute but her shot was saved.
Six minutes after Middlebury's shot in the 60th minute, Caroline V made a sweet diagonal dribble to elude a few Middlebury players and put a long air ball into the space just under the crossbar that might just have snuck into the net if their keeper hadn't jumped just enough to prevent it. On its way off her gloves it hit the crossbar and then fell to Leah who rammed it into the net for our third goal.
Soon after that Julia Dressel pounded a shot toward the near post that forced a save for a corner. After the 70th minute Natalie, Claire, Rose and Leah all had shots prevented, and Hannah saved a shot from Middlebury in the 80th minute.
After another shot from Julia D that went wide, Claire made a blistering dribble past several Middlebury defenders and fired an extremely firm shot into the far side of their net for our 4th goal. Right after that she almost repeated that experience but her shot went wide.
We were delighted to have a strong opponent on such a nice day for playing soccer. Both sides showed good respect for each other by playing very cleanly, with few fouls called.
CD: FC+Tessa, Lindsay
OD: Annie+Christine, Julia C+Elise
CM: Caroline V+Claire, Shelby+Julia S
OM: Christyn+Sophie, Leah+Natalie, Amanda W
F: Allison+Mel, Rose+Julia D, Claire
1 Claire shot wide
2 Middlebury shot wide
3 Caroline V shot wide
5 Middlebury shot wide
8 Christine corner
10 Mel shot wide
12 Mel shot saved
13 Middlebury shot over
16 Middlebury shot wide
20 Mel pass to Shelby --> 1:0
22 Christine corner
28 Rose shot over
29 Rose shot wide
35 Claire shot blocked for a corner
Claire corner to Leah header saved
36 Claire cross to Rose for a tap in --> 2:0
40 Claire shot saved for a corner
41 Middlebury shot wide
42 Christyn shot blocked
44 Middlebury free kick
46 Allison shot saved
47 Christyn shot saved
49 Middlebury corner
54 Julia S shot saved
55 Christine corner
60 Middlebury shot saved
66 Caroline V shot saved, fell to Leah -->3:0
69 Julia D shot saved for a corner taken by Rose
70 Natalie shot blocked
75 Claire shot saved
76 Rose shot saved
77 Leah shot saved
80 Middlebury shot saved
81 Julia D shot wide
85 Claire long dribble + shot --> 4:0
86 Claire shot wide
88 Middlebury shot wide