FC BrewHaHa Game Summary
July 18th, 2004
4 - 3 Win vs. Sempreverdi
Okay, I am back, so the summary will again be biased
towards what I remember - ie short.
First of all, I got there at 8:12. I almost called
Mike to say I was running late. Then I was
the 2nd person there. Hmmm. I think I'll use
summary-writer's privilege to point out that by
arriving 5min before the game, we don't get to warm
up our goalie, besides the fact that it adds stress
to the team organizer. Set your clocks ahead 15min
or something next week please!
Sempreverdi are a B-league team, meaning they are
probably better than us. How the heck did they get
that name? Maybe it means something in Italian?
They looked good at the start, but maybe that's
just because of their sharp uniforms. We quickly
saw that #7 was talented. But also quickly saw
that their goalie was error-prone and their defense
was slow. DiCarlo got to one ball before him and
almost scored. Then I got past their defense and
forced the goalie to bat a shot out for a corner.
Soon afterward we went up 1-0 on a lead ball from
Mike that their goalie misjudged. I got there first
and passed it across to DiCarlo for an easy goal.
They weren't too happy about that one, needless to
say. Pretty soon afterward, Mike decided to carry
a ball out as sweeper to about half, then passed up
to DiCarlo(?). I forget what happened, but DiCarlo
had the ball and Mike decided to go in, calling for
the ball. Sempreverdi, which may mean "bad judgement"
decided he was no threat, and left him alone for the
pass from DiCarlo. Mike put a nice low shot to the
A little while later, Ramsey went in on the goalie
on a break and decided to go for the field goal
instead. Now here I show the power of being the summary
writer. I told Ramsey to put it on the ground (that's
what Arthur and Gael always say). Soon afterward, he
took a pass from Marie about 10 yards past center and
shot it. Sure enough, it took a tough bounce and went
in to make it 3-0. Marie gets the assist, but who gets
credit for that? Arthur for preaching? Me for remembering?
Ramsey for listening? It's a tough sell.
Okay, I'm bored writing this. We *DID* play really hard
in the first half. Everyone was pressuring the ball very
well, and we completely dominated them. Really.
Second half they put #7 up front. Things didn't look so
good from the start. Very early on, he got by and went
in alone on Gael and scored. A bit later, another few mistakes
let him score again. Unlucky. They were fighting back, and
taking advantage of us letting up some. However, a good lead
pass from Erin up to Marie, then Marie feeding Jeff, who beat
the goalie made it 4-2.
But that didn't hold for long. Their pinball goal, where who
could follow the ball. Mike and Arthur agree that the guy
who headed it in had no idea that he was heading the ball.
Oh well I wouldn't either. But it made it 4-3.
Kudos to our defense, who played strongly to keep #7 from
scoring again. I think the rest of us let up a bit - maybe
the heat? Not good to let a team come back when we are up
3-0, and if you ask me, I'd say we just didn't pressure the
ball nearly as much in the 2nd half. Anyway, good game on the
whole, and we came away with the victory.
We really did play some great soccer in the first half, probably the best we have played as a team in a long time. But what the heck happened in the second half?! I think we pulled a classic FC
BrewHaHa move of assuming that we had already won the game, so why bother keep playing hard? Sure #7 took us to class a couple of times, but the bigger problem was that we kept letting them give him the
ball. With all the pressure we had in the first half and all the running it didn't matter how good #7 was, we never let them pass the ball to him so he couldn't do much. But we picked it up again after
those first couple goals against and started to play well. And anybody else notice how friendly they were? A fun game, way better than playing agains the You-Know-Whos last week!
So apparently Sempreverdi is a Theatre Group. Or it might be a Tree. Or possibly a, well,
I don't know what this is.
- Jeff from Brian and Mike
- Mike from Jeff
- Ramsey from Marie and Laura
- Jeff from Marie and Erin*