1-3 Loss vs. Grace's Body Shop
August 3rd, 2003
By the way, they are called Grace's Body Shop. I received a total of Zero offers for discounts on body work from their team members though.
What was their name? I can't remember right now,
but they were at the top of the B-division. Since
I don't have a net connection while I write this,
we'll just refer to them as TOT, for the other team.
Mike prepared us for a tough game by recruiting
fine subs - Dan, Rebecca, Santosh (sp?) and Steve made their
debut, alongside Barbara, who is hopefully now a
TOT came out strong, and quickly showed that they
had a combination of fast forwards, good women, and
great passing between all of them. We did manage some
early chances, and the skills of our subs were a
welcome addition. However, they began their run-and-gun
offense early. We caught them offsides quite a bit, notes
Jeannette. But they eventually managed a cross that took
a funny hop and we ended up deflecting it into our own
We fought back hard though, and kept pressuring their
defense, which looked a bit shaky at times. Good pressure
from our wingers, and great hustle in the midfield (DiCarlo,
Erin, Barbara, and Vasey) to get to quite a few loose balls
on the ground. The general opinion, though, was that we didn't
get to enough balls in the air.
The pressure did pay off. A nice feed from Erin to Santosh,
who then fed Susan for a nice low shot to the corner to score.
Santosh felt relieved, having just not quite been able to twist
the right way to finish a cross a minute or two earlier. Well
done forwards. The game remained tied until halftime.
The second half was similar, though I like to think we
got to more of the loose balls. Their offensive pressure
seemed greater though. Many times we were saved by great
efforts from Clark and Mike. Rebecca and Vasey ran hard on
right D to keep up with one of their fast winger-guys.
Ultimately their skills proved too much. A beautiful
cross from their winger girl to the man that Brian should
have been marking led to their second goal. (Mike:Brian or Mike or Rebecca) Mike said I shouldn't
take the blame, so I'll blame Ramsey for being on vacation.
Still we fought back. Some nice offensive opportunities,
but not a lot of luck. Given that many of the forwards had
not played together, we did pretty well.
They kept up some pressure, and after a series of minor
mistakes made a nice cross again to almost duplicate the
second goal. Too bad, but they just outplayed us again
on that one. Yep, Ramsey would have made the difference
After that we managed to hold them. We turned up the pressure
a bit at the end, but couldn't quite finish anything.
A few not-so-great calls frustrated us, but
the other team were generally a good bunch.
All-in-all, great job team. This could have been 6-0, but we
played hard and never quit. Let's come back next week and
play as hard.
I also wanted to point out that we had a rare opportunity to actually watch Clark make some saves. I had sort of forgotten that Clark was capable of
making more than two saves a game (since that's all he usually has to make), and it was quite pleasant to see Clark save about a dozen hard shots from
about 20 yards out or so.
Hit of the game goes that that mean unsportsmanlike woman who totally took DiCarlo out for no reason after he cleanly beat her to the ball, then did his
best to avoid him. In fairness DiCarlo should probably bulk up a bit.
I thought we played really well for most of the game, with the exception of getting a little tired towards the end, but what can you do? We could easily
have had a couple more goals if we had gotten a little luckier, and I thought we made a great showing against one of the top teams in the B division.
Maybe it's a good thing we didn't do any better or they'd force us to play up there next year!
Finally, I award play of the game to Me, for that clearance on the side where I really whacked the ball into that Ugly-Ass black Dodge Durango on the
sidelines. Man that felt good!
- Susan from Santosh and Erin
- Dan's Wife, who's name I embarassingly forget