Sunday May 22nd, 2022 | Princeton, MA
The entire, Gunners have yet to play with their full squad... why break the streak today? Two players short, but once again, no excuses made. After another great week of preparation, the Ladies were ready to face the top team in the league
The possession game is the foundation these Gunners are built upon and today, the goal was to rely heavily on that base. The Ladies did not disappoint, playing well out of the midfield position, controlling play by consistently connecting passing throughout the half. Though a few chances were created, the only conversion was by Gabby for a 1-0 lead at the half for the Gunners.
The triangle in the middle was doing an ok job with their passing but was too congested when in possession of the ball when in transition to offense from defensive plays. Therefore, a quicker switch to create space was important to improve their dominance.
2nd Half- Final ResultTrue to their identity, and focused on their plan, the ladies performed well as a unit throughout the half. The team pressure executed their pressing well, suffocating their opponent in their attempt to generate offense. Once in possession of the ball, the Lady Gunners created long stretches of consecutive passing to limit the Surf's ability to establish any control or threat on offense. A 1-0 final was an excellent result for the Gunners, against a tough opponent.
Player of the Matchtough games present the opportunity for players to shine, respond to challenges, and make a significant contribution to their side. Though the entire team played a stellar game, where every player performed well in their respective roles, the outstanding performer was Maggie! Her poise on the ball to distribute was sharp, defensive anticipation stealth-like, speed to recover impressive, and of course those long throw-ins, served as a weapon.
Congrats Maggie on a well-deserved Players of the Match Award!!