So, we played the team at the top of the division this morning. They were 8-0 heading into our game, having scored 58 goals (that’s 7+ goals per game) and only giving up 15. That’s right, they had a 43 goal differential. We knew it was going to be a tough game, but we also knew we had been playing well this session, and better and better the past 4 games.
No score half way through the first half, until we drew first blood. By half time, we’d held them to 2 scores and it was only 1-2. We were feeling really good. We went through most of the second half scoreless, until we finally broke through again on a great rebound shot. We took the 2-2 tie into the last minute of the game, when they scored on an impossible angle, burried in the far post. We rushed the ball to the center line and started off. With just seconds to go one of our players got a reverse field pass and streaked down the field. With 5 seconds on the clock, about 18’ from the goal she let it rip. Great shot, and unfortunately a great save from their goalie to end the game.
We lost 2-3, but I tell you what, it was an amazing game to watch, to coach and to play. The girls were only a little frustrated at the loss, but knew they had played an outstanding game. I told them that this team was used to scoring 6, 7, 8, 9 goals a match and we held them to 3. And not only that, but we had a great shot at the end, which is all you can ask for. They were pumped that they held the Strikers to only 3, virtually neutralized their 2 best players, and had a chance to win or tie at the end. And the parents were so stoked for the girls. Everyone knew this was going to be a tough one, everyone knew we’d been playing better and better, but I’m not sure if any of us saw this game coming. Better and better. The growth and improvement is tangible and all of us are having a blast.