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