5-0 Win vs. LSI United
May 22nd, 2003
LSI United were 4-0 going into last night.
That speaks well for us.
Missing a few key players - Susan, Arthur,
Daniel (again) and missing Julie on the side too,
we started out a bit slowly on offense, but our
defense was sound.
Okay, right to the good stuff, in case you have
limited time. A few weeks ago I neglected to mention
Clark's fine play. Well Clark decided to come out to play
tonight. Skipped the early sushi dinner and all.
But no, I actually want you to read all of this, so I'm
not going to give you the details yet.
Early, their star player, we'll call him Ray because
that's what his name was, made a streaking move all the
way up the field before Mike stopped him pretty cold.
Lots of nice passing on both our left and right sides - Amy/Heather
on the right and Jeannette/Vasey on the left. Someone's good
hustle got us an early corner kick. Sub Dave sent a nice corner
kick that their goalie dropped nicely in front of me for
another amazing 6-foot shot into an empty net.
Soon afterward, after a nice pass from Heather to me up the wing,
Amy got open near the 18 for a pass. Amy sent a beautiful cross
to Jeff DC, which Jeff put in for a 2-0 score. Switching roles,
Jeff sent a nice cross to Amy, who headed the ball back to me.
I got lucky as yet another shot off the post actually went in.
Just as a couple of their players, including their goalie were
getting a bit whiny, their goalie drop-kicked the ball from the side,
way outside his goal. A weak kick, which our illustrious coach
decided to one-time on the fly from the centre circle, with one
bounce into the empty goal. Mike has now scored twice from that
distance in two years, making him BY FAR the leading candidate
for the Ronaldinho award.
So, some nice goals early, but their defense were giving up
a bit, making us look good. On the contrary, ours were solid.
As is usual, silent but strong efforts from Bea, Ramsey, Mike
and Jeff DC at the back. This is honestly why we can win games
consistently. Their Ray-guy was one of the fastest players
we've seen in a while, but our defense stopped him repeatedly.
Okay. In the second half, we switched up some positions, and
enjoyed the lead a bit. Ray and their other fast player (#23) were
pretty desperate to score, and had several opportunities. Clark
made some nice saves.
On a ridiculous call, which Mike couldn't even remember, they
were awarded a penalty kick. Clark later describes his trick.
"I lined up (deliberately) about 8 inches to my left. That way the
other side looks huge. Then as they are about to shoot, I move
over to my right." Well it worked. A great save from Clark.
But there's more. Later, Ray took a beautiful shot toward the top left
corner from just outside the 18. I mean a BEAUTIFUL shot. So
nice that Ray stated, "That's a goal." Just before our Tenacious Texan
got over and made a nice save. Several Brewhahans felt the need
to comment to Ray, including Ramsey's "No, that's a keeper."
Jeff DC then made a nice streaking move where he took the
ball pretty much all the way from centre to the goal line. He made
a nice little cross up to Skipper (perhaps off the goalpost?) and
the Skip headed it in.
Lots of other stuff. Although Ref#1 was pretty decent, Ref#2
was a little trigger happy. At one point he pulled out his yellow
card when Mike was only 9 yards from a free kick. Mike got away
with that crime. He then held his card in his had for about 10min.
After each of the several fouls called on us, he would say, "That's
your last chance." Finally, after an accidental trip, he got to give
Dave the card. Kinda ridiculous. But that's just how that guy
called the game. I think we held our cool pretty well, as way too
many wimpy fouls were called.
Oh, and Jeannette was off-side. Yes. At least once! Good to have
Jeannette back - and she almost scored on a nice shot that just went
a bit high. Lots of other good chances shots and runs up front for
Ramsey, Christian, Amy, Jeff, and Mike.
So we should finish with Clark. Another shutout - well done Clark,
and the defense.
Okay, I just wanted to point out that even though I'm not sure exactly how, Clark's little mental trick on the penalty shot definitely has to do with
math. Maybe there's something significant about moving just 8 inches. In any case I'm happy to report that Ray was completely reduced to being Clark's
mental pawn. Like Jeannette would say, Clark won the "game within the game". I'd also like to point out that Christa is officially our number one fan,
even though it snapped me a little that she and Brian were gabbing so much that they missed the entire penalty shot incident! For shame! And I'm also a
little annoyed about the total lack of Blue Dog:-)
- Brian from McMath
- Jeff from Amy and Brian
- Brian from Amy and Jeff
- Mike unassisted
- Skipper from Jeff and Brian