4-0 Win vs. The Sting
May 29th, 2003
"The Sting" were winless up until now. The standings
proved meaningful this time -- even before the game
one of their players pleaded with Coach Heather to
go easy on them.
In the first two minutes, a few of us tried hard to
get Arthur to stop yelling at the ref over some
not-so-horrific calls. Profanity on the first call
of the game probably isn't the most diplomatic way
to play, but I guess Arthur was trying in his own way
to make up for Mike's absent leadership. To his credit,
Arthur did decide to heed 12-1 vote for him to tone it
An early goal by Grant was called back because
he slide tackled the goalie. Way to show him who's
boss, Grant! It was pretty clear that it wouldn't
be long until we scored again though. Sure enough,
on a lead pass from Arthur, their goalie managed
to completely miss the ball on an attempt to clear
it just outside the 18. That left DiCarlo vs the empty
eighteen. DiCarlo later states, "I wasn't going to screw
that one up." He took sufficiently long to dribble it in
that there were plenty of hopeless groans from the other team.
Solid ball movement on the right wing by the Bea-Heather-Amy
trio. Probably the prettiest goal of the game came on a pass across
the goal from Amy to Susan. Susan volleyed the ball by the
keeper into the bottom right corner. Very nice. [incidentally,
there was probably a second assist if someone wants to claim it...]
Shortly afterward, DiCarlo took an errant pass from them
at center, and pretty much beat the whole team on a typical
DiCarlo run and beat the goalie on a low shot.
Nearer the end of the first half, a Grant-Brian-Grant give and
go, with a very nice finish from Grant put us up 4-0.
Nice to be able to switch up positions a bit with the
lead. I think everyone got to play around with the
ball a bit more. Nice effort from our newest sub Alison.
Susan and Amy were strong on the wings too. Fine play
on the outside by the midfield too -- Bea got to like
midfield, making nice moves up the side. Vasey got not
one but two complements from the other team for a
single "big kick." Susan, ah-hem, took a couple
of off-sides calls for the absent Jeannette. Very
sporting, Susan. The return of the Portuguese Phenom
was also good to see -- Daniel was even convinced to
play center-mid in the second half and had some
opportunities. Switching for Bea, Heather was strong
at right D.
Collisions were a-plenty this game. Amy managed
to knock their goalie over early - Yeah! Vasey and
Susan both almost knocked the ball away from him
in the second half.
Skipper did, in fact flatten one of their women.
No call though, and a convincing apology from a
guy who is too sensitive to have a picnic without
daisies. DiCarlo had so many run-ins with their
goalie that we simply lost count. Both with a
similar build, neither seemed to "win" any collision.
On a nice cross from the wing, one of their women
put up both hands to stop the ball, just inside their
18. Susan was convinced she should take the penalty,
though reserved. Great effort Susan - it went wide by
about 2 feet, but the bottom corner is where you want
to go, or so I'm told!
Arthur decided to switch his talking to the other
team. Their prime ball-hog, #99 took a dive after
Arthur tackled him cleanly and yelled for the call.
The Righteous Russian quickly responded with "F!@# You,
that was a dive." #99 then responded, "F!@# You. Don't
tell me to F-off. We both know it wasn't a foul - Can't a
guy try to get a call when his team's down 4-0?"
Interesting. But nice that Arthur has found a relatively
harmless outlet for his rage!
What else? Several great opportunities in the
second half. DiCarlo and Skipper both almost scored,
but brushed the ball on headers. Skip needs to grow
out his hair, while DiCarlo could grow an inch.
(Okay, that was my translation of Vasey's comment!)
Clark made some good saves, though he denies it.
Believe me, as sweeper I was well aware of some
blunders that Clark had to make good stops on.
Nice shutout Clark. Though we should point out
that Skipper did play the first five minutes
completely flawlessly. Sorry you didn't get to
touch the ball, Skip.
On the sidelines, Julie managed to take over
250 photos - almost enough to make a movie of
the game. We'll keep you posted.
Arthur did kinda steal the show again. He was
sporting some black, checkered-texture umbro
shorts. Looking very fine, and probably less
noticeable to the refs. Those shorts should be
the team standard.
Finally, we switched the post-game to Una Mas,
which is just down from St Johns toward 101, on
the same side of Lawrence. A bit cheaper and
- DiCarlo from Arthur and Brian
- Susan from AmyT
- DiCarlo (Starting to sound like Ronaldo, isn't it?)
- Grant from Brian