Monday, April 27, 2009

Win, Loss, Win--8-2 heading into CACs.DACs and VAISS STATES

The last week has been a roller coaster of emotions and results. We began with a wonderful international experience on Thursday April 16 when we entertained the Pakastani Women's U20 club champions around the school and on the Pitch. We exchanged ideas with the coaching staff, showed them around Wakefield and had their girls attend classes with our girls. We worked out with them on the pitch for a solid two hours. Everyone had a wonderful time and the football was crisp and spirited. We engaged in a mixed roster training session that improved everyone's skills and love for the game.

On Saturday we took on Tandem Friends in the Bohn Yard. Diane and Izzie led us again with three goals between them. Diane and Izzie each put one in early, staking us to a 2-0 lead at the half. Friends re-grouped and toned down the high powered Owl attack, getting a goal of their own, cutting the Owl advantage to 1. TF kept attacking the Wakefield goal, and were only turned away by a sizzling save by Catherine, followed by a brilliant punch save to preserve the Owl lead. Jesus saves, but so does Catherine!

Diane then stuck a dagger free kick into the top 90 of the TF goal to give the Owls the final margin of 3-1. A great victory against a quality opponent.

Highland came to campus on Tuesday for a huge game played on the Upper Field. A beautiful Senior Day ceremony opened the festivities. Under threatening skies, and in front of a large crowd, the Owls played their best half of soccer this season jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead against our arch nemisis from Warrenton. A rain delay help up the game for 30 minutes. Wakefield went to the half leading 2-0.

The Hawks showed their resiliency and courage in the storm drenched second half. A massive storm decended upon the game with brutal whipping winds behind the surging Hawks. Three set plays in the final 20 minutes resulted in three Highland scores and a 3-2 victory over the unlucky Owls. The Owls mustered a final surge but could not find the equalizer. A great game to be a part of, but a tough, tough game to lose.

On Thursday the team traveled to Fredericksburg Christian School for what promised to be a tough match against a team that had just lost to Highland by the exact score of 3-2. I wondered how the girls would come out of the Highland defeat. After a slow start, the Owl offense got into high gear. Diane buried a PK after Savey was hauled down down from behind in front of an open goal. Diane then stuck a 35 yard free kick into the top ninety with an amazing strike for a 2-0 lead. The Owls then stuck in 2 more goals for a 4-0 lead, both off of the Diane's golden foot, for a 4-0 lead. Gracie followed with the 5th talley of the game and Savey added a 6th before halftime for a 6-0 lead.

The second half saw the Owls trying different things and possessing the ball for extended periods. FC never quit however, and they ruined Max's shutout bid in her return to goal. The defenders were tough and the midfielders ruled the game. A great rebound from the Highland Heatbreaker!

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