Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Lady Gunners vs Juventus

 

Sunday Nov. 7th, 2021 | South Walpole, MA


Season Ending Game
A beautiful warm November morning is bonus-weather in the North East region, and a perfect day to get an early game in! The Lady Gunners had this opportunity, though without any substitutes, with a few players missing due to injuries. No excuses made, the 11 who are challenged with the task must deliver. 
Opening 
The original plan was for the Lady Gunners to control the tempo from the start, and make the ball do most of the work, in order to sustain and manage playing without substitutes. What actually got executed was a slow, lethargic play, with many players stagnant all around. As the first half progressed, the performance improved, but never really launched into dominance.  Despite a sub-par performance, the Ladies were able to establish a 3-1 lead at the half.

Half-Time Adjustments
At halftime, we discussed tightening up the defensive work in central midfield.  Juventus is a much-improved team, with the ability to move the ball. That can be dangerous if not dealt with properly, by disrupting their combination and their flow through the middle of the park. 

2nd Half- Final Result
The second half was actually better managed by the Lady Gunners, by disrupting any type of rhythm Juventus attempted to generate, especially through midfield.  With such sound work from the Lady Gunners, it deflated their opponents' ability to close the gap. In the end, the Lady Gunners closed out the season with a 6-1 win. A gutsy performance with all 11 players running for the full 80 minutes! 

Players of the Match
Aurore- was phenomenal in goal, especially for her full outstretched penalty save she pushed away, got up, and recovered. This was during a pivotal point of the match when Juventus could have gained momentum and made things difficult.  
Maddie- from start to end, consistently provided composed ball distribution, poise tempo control, and kept everyone involved.  On a day when the entire unit was not clicking as well, her outstanding performance made up for any lacking chemistry.
Congrats to you both on a well-deserved Players of the Match Award!!

Monday, November 1, 2021

Lady Gunners vs Scorpions FC

 

Sunday Oct. 31, 2021 | Princeton, MA


Happy Holloween
Rain has been pouring down as if it's late Spring this past week, putting our game at risk of not being played due to field conditions. With an early morning field check, a determined manager with a leaf blower backpack drying out certain areas, all agreed to make it happen! 


Opening 
Playing on a very narrow field, the Lady Gunners were suffocating the opposition with pressure all over the field.  Once they won the ball, the Ladies attacked with purpose.  Several opportunities were created with quality shots taken.  At halftime, a commanding 4-0 lead was reflective of their overall performance.


2nd Half- Final Result
At halftime, our discussion addressed the success from the hard work of the center mids, which disrupted most potential build-ups from the Scorpions. However, a bit of concern for silly mistakes out of the back needed to be cleaned up. 

The second half actually was more challenging than the first, with the Scorpions' determination to be more physical, and apply more pressure on the ball.  As usual, the Lady Gunners being a resilient bunch, responded well with equal intensity and physicality.  In the end, it was a 7-0 victory for the Lady Gunners, which honestly did not feel that way, because the Scorpions were way more competitive than the score showed...(to their defense, they played without a goalie). 

Players of the Match
Our first outstanding performer has no statistics to measure her effort, simply our recognition for their tireless contribution.  Aubrey- limitless resilience, effective wing play, and consistency on both ends of the ball earn her the honors this game!  Courtney- who has worked so hard to improve her play, asked inquiring questions, then executed her far post-run as instructed, and was rewarded with a goal.    

Congrats to you both on a well-deserved Players of the Match Award!!



Lady Gunners vs MA Rush

 Sunday Oct. 24, 2021 | Newbury, MA


Opening 
A far drive on an early Sunday morning game showed serious commitment from all involved here. Let's face it, that's a tough ride out to almost New Hampshire. The Lady Gunners were definitely up to the task as they jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.  Surprisingly, the Gunners were never playing up to their potential. At the half, it was a 3-1 which did not feel like a lead based on the Ladies' lethargic performance. 
2nd Half- Final Result
At halftime, the coaching staff had a concern about the Lady Gunners' lack of intensity. Though leading 3-1, there was definitely a lack of desire to outwork their opponent, especially in the center of the park.  

The entire second proved to be a struggle for the Gunners. Though they had moments of brilliance, they never established consistent control of the game. Ultimately, MA Rush outplayed them on all facets of the game, specifically in the center midfield. In the end, the Lady Gunners walked away with a 3-3, which honestly was a generous result based on performance. 
Players of the Match
Without questions, the two outstanding players were the most lively one who matched the opposition intensity from the start.  Lydia- was a live wire, with relentless energy in midfield, which honestly managed MA Rush's potential damage. Gabby- scored 2 goals, early on to help cushion a lead, which ultimately preserved a result at the end. 

Congrats to you both on a well-deserved Players of the Match Award!!
 absence. 



Lady Gunners vs. Franklin SC

 Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 | Princeton, MA 

COVID 
 An unfortunate infection of COVID kept the head coach away from the sidelines for this match. This game's perspective is based on watching it on film after it was played. 

Opening 
This game started off a bit shaky for the Lady Gunners because Franklin simply had more intensity and confidence. It seems as if there was an immediate disadvantage for that simple reason. The other aspect is Franklin is opportunistic, and clinical at finishing those. At the half a 2-0 deficit for the Gunners with some questions to answer. 
2nd Half- Final Result
At halftime, concern was regarding Gunner's ability to respond. Although down 2-0, the game was far from being over.  As the Lady Gunners got back out, the game got away from them. The single most prevalent aspect was Franklin's physicality!  They basically man-handled the Lady Gunners, and stamped a 3-0 win out of sheer desire and devotion to win. 

Players of the Match
From this game's review, there were two players who had outstanding performances. Gabby: live wire, full of energy, provide a spark and hope for her team to stay in with her consistent runs on the wing, and creativity around the goal. Lilly: stood strong in the middle of park, was able to simply establish a dominant presence with her physical play, and ability to launch attacks for her team. 

Congrats to you both on a well-deserved Players of the Match Award!!


Monday, October 4, 2021

Lady Gunners v. Juventus Boston

 

October 3, 2021 | Princeton, MA


Opening 
At home for another game, which is always a treat. No travel time to account for, noon time game which gives everyone plenty of time to rest.  With plans of a gathering after the match, it's a great Sunday in store for the Gunners Family!
The Lady Gunners started the game aggressively, exploiting Juventus' left defense with through balls to the right wing.  Such execution paid early dividends with a converted penalty in the Gunner's favor.  Before long, two additional goals were added one from a hustle play, the other from a lethal shot outside the 18 yard box. At the half, it was a 3-0 commanding lead for the Lady Gunners! 
2nd Half- Final Result
At halftime, the only topic of discussion was to maintain the focus and intensity.  A couple of injury concerns surfaced, but none serious enough to jeopardize players' long term health. Therefore, the approach was to maintain possession, and close out the game to secure the win. 
The second half started off with the Lady Gunners picking up where they left off in the first. Their possession was sharp, consistent, with sound pressure on the ball whenever they lost possession. With two goals generated from swift combination play, capped off by another from high pressure, the Lady completed a well rounded performance with a 6-0 final score. 
Honorable Mentions
Honorable mentions for this game offensive performance: Maddie converted the  penalty for the first goal. Lexi had a hat trick of her own. Gabby's converted a goal from a hustle play. Ryan's goal was clinical from her back to goal, turn and shot. 
Players of the Match
With such a stellar offensive performance, one would assume defending was not necessary.  This could not be further from the truth. Our outstanding performers were: Aurore- making a key save from a break-away to preserve a 1-0 lead, and making subsequent sound saves. Allysa quietly preventing danger, disrupting lethal attacks down the middle, not to mention covering her teammates. Things easily overlooked and taken for granted, but valuable .    
Congrats to you both on a well-deserved Players of the Match Award!!



Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Lady Gunners v. SC Scorpions

 

September 26, 2021 | Medway, MA


Opening 
Another beautiful day with an opportunity to execute the hard work done in training all week.  The sessions were demanding physically, mentally, and tactically.  The Ladies responded well to those challenges, which reflected during their performance today.
Scorpions possessed great quality of their own, demonstrated the ability to match up well against the Gunners.  However, as the game went on, the Lady Gunners imposed their dominance,  controlling most facets of the game, from defensive shutdowns of attacks, to consistent possession in the midfield.  At the half, the Gunners took a 1-0 lead into the break.  
2nd Half- Final Result
At halftime, the Gunners camp addressed the following concerns: 1- plugging the hole vacated on the left back position; 2- maintaining the defensive shape in the middle of the park; 3- be more clinical finishing scoring opportunities. 
At first, it seemed as if the adjustments discussed were not working, as the Scorpions had long stretches of possession in the Gunners defensive 3rd.  Once again, the Lady Gunners displayed resilience, patience, and eventually turned things in their favor. Once they regained control, there was no turning back. With a 3-0  final score,  it was a deserving win against a strong opponent. 

Players of the Match
This performance demanded more out of players, due to injuries, and the absence of our starting striker, Ryan.  Our outstanding performers were:  Lydia- tireless play in midfield, disrupted opponent attacks through anticipation and controlled ball distribution.  Lexi- scored 2 goals, generated from her hustle play, and assisted one to Gabby.    

Congrats to you both on a well-deserved Players of the Match Award!!

Unfortunate Injury
Injuries are an unfortunate part of athletics, we know they happen, but hope they never come.  Lexa B. fell, after a coming together in the midfield,  later discovered she broke a forearm bone
We wish Lexa a speedy recovery, and will miss her tenacity on the pitch during her absence. 



Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Lady Gunners v. MA RUSH

 

September 19, 2021 | Princeton, MA


Opening 
Coming off a sound week of training, with all players committed to attending sessions, the Lady Gunners were well prepared to face  a strong side in MA RUSH.  The Gunners began the game with a commanding control of midfield, creating glorious scoring chances early on. 
MA RUSH did a great job sustaining the attacking pressure.  The Ladies Gunners stuck to their guns, moving the ball well, using width to exploit their opponent from the center of the park.  Eventually, the offensive pressure paid off for the Gunners, who took a 1-0 lead into the half
2nd Half- Final Result
At halftime, the Gunners discussed being clinical finishing inside the opponent's box. Though numerous chances were created, few were actually converted, because shots were struck directly to the keeper's hands.  The adjustment needed was to slot the ball low to the corners, away from the goalie. 

The second half actually composed of resilience from MA RUSH, who actually had long spells of midfield control. Once the Gunners adjusted their shape in the middle of the park, they regained dominance.  In the end, the Lady Gunners closed out the game with a 2-0 win, against a strong team! 
Players of the Match
Though it was complete team effort, there were a couple of players who really had a great outing this afternoon.  First was Gabby, who executed the adjustment of slotting the ball into the corners, for a beautiful game winner. The other was Bailey, who had a stellar performance defensively, shutting down players on the left side of defense.  
Congrats to you both on a well-deserved Players of the Match Award!!



Lady Gunners vs Juventus

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