Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Lady Gunners vs. Wellesley United


Oct. 4th, 2020 | Princeton, MA

Tough Challenge 
Wellesley United is in town, bringing a tough challenge to the Lady Gunners. This is most likely the best team in the league. With a decent week of preparation for the Gunners, they should do well...
Family Support
Before the opening whistle, a Special Moment of Silence in Memory of Alexi's Grandmother, Coach Joe Mercier's Mother-in-Law recent passing, was Observed. Our team is an extension of Mercier's Family. We support them during this difficult time! 
Wellesley struck early with a quick goal coming right down the center of defense.  The concern about it was the Lady Gunners' body language. Heads were down, shock was the reaction, uncharacteristic of this group. At the half, it was a 2-0 deficit...still close enough to make a run! 
Half - Time Adjustments
Honestly speaking, Wellesley had one major advantage tough to neutralize, SPEED! They consistently got the ball wide, took us on at speed, generated crosses, and scoring opportunities. Our goal was to slow them down, cut angles, and deny crosses.
Second Half
Less than five minutes into the second, the Lady Gunners gave up the 3rd goal. Bad timing because a 2-1 score would change the game dynamics. The Gunners showed resiliency by scoring to make it 3-1. Minutes later had an opportunity to close the gap from a penalty, but it was not converted. A golden opportunity gone! 

Final Result
The final result was a 5-1 loss.  Wellesley's #4 completely controlled their attacks. Quick on the dribble, clinical at finishing, and providing glorious crosses for her teammate to finish. They were well-balanced, deserving of a win for sure. A measuring stick for the Gunners to stride for!
Players of the Match
The most impressive factor about the Lady Gunners is the 'Never-Give-Up' attitude. Although outmatched by Wellesley's team speed, they kept fighting to keep the match close all the way to the end. 
Alyssa: with countless attacks coming from both sides of the field, Alyssa had plenty to disrupt, prevent, and defend! By far the most consistent shield for her team, covering all over the park for her teammates. It's a thankless job, without stats, but one worthy of recognition today!
Maddie: showing her ability to control the middle, for the first time this season, Maddie demonstrated her ability to generate offense with swift skills out of the middle! On a day where most of the time was spent defending, it was truly a valuable contribution on the offensive side.

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

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