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May 17th, 2011

Div 3 Round-up

I've slacked off getting updates done. I hate when something feels like it's becoming a chore. Because I like having recaps for personal reasons, but after a game I never feel like writing anything up. Maybe doing these in chunks will be better.

Anyways, there have been 3 games since the last update, let's see what I can remember!

Apr 20th: SuperNova FC 1, FBCA United 1
This game took place on one of the hurting grass fields we still use. The lines were drawn incorrectly, the grass wasn't cut, the ball died if you tried passing it on the ground. Terrible field conditions. The weather was super nice, though. I split a half in net with another guy on the team. The other team's only goal came on a completely lucky shot in the 2nd half while I was on goalkeeper duty. The other team was coming up their right wing, and lofted a shot way up into the air. I thought the ball was sailing over the net, no way is that a threatening shot. But it drops. It dropped perfectly under the bar into the net. I was so disgusted. Luckily, we were awarded a penalty shot late in the game and was able to bury it to get the tie. With the field being as terrible as it was, getting a point out of the game was acceptable.

May 9th: Flying Possums 5, SuperNova FC 1
This team basically ran through our entire team with a couple fast guys. I let in two goals in a bout a quarter game's worth of goalkeeping. The first was a long throw-in that they headed down into the corner of the net, just past my outstretched arms. Totally frustrating. The 2nd goal was a breakaway I had no chance on. Finally, our regular keeper came in, but there was no relief from the other team's onslaught.

But then, the ref turned into a dick.

I resumed my defensive position duties, but apparently every defensive attempt I made was a foul. Now, the first couple were fouls, I did them on purpose and accepted them. However, this ref decided to profile me from here on out, and any bump or touch or attempt to defend was interpreted as a foul. This guy can go fuck himself. Hell, someone ran into me and I was called for the foul. The loss I accept, the other team imposed their will on us. But singling me out like that, what's the point there? I better not come across this guy again, that's all I have to say.

May 15th: SuperNova 3, Gang Green 2
We *barely* were able to field a team. Luckily, the other team wasn't up many players on us. After starting the game late and finding our rhythm, we got out of the first half 0-0. In the second half we started getting some of the play through the midfield. We went up 2-0, one on a breakaway, another on a nice passing play with a gorgeous cross-goal shot. Unfortunately, we started breaking down in our defensive third. For some reason I don't remember the other team's first goal, and the second one they scored to tie it came off a clearing attempt. Their player received the ball, dribbled through 3 of our players, then shot one off the post and in. So we didn't help ourselves out much. But I think for the first time, we gave up a lead but were still able to win a game. In the last few minutes we strung a few passes together and pushed a ball out wide to the left, where Kimmie's magic left foot once again came through a rocketed a shot under their keeper. It was pure magic! It felt so good to pull out a win.

7 games in, 5 to go. 3-3-1 (W-T-L), 13 points, 3rd place, 12-13 GF-GA. A couple of those ties should have been wins too. Still, only one loss 7 games in is impressive.

Div 5 round-up

I don't think this team has ever had a winning season, even before I joined. We've at least secured a .500 record no matter what happens from here on out. Let's get to the recaps.

Apr 26: Fairfax United 1, Roadkill 0

A game where we beat the undefeated first place team. It took a ginormous effort from everyone, huge saves from our keeper, and some luck. I don't know if they had their entire team there, but we were able to shut down their main players from most of their through runs, and on the occasion a shot got through, our keeper was up to the task. The only goal came very early in the game. I was sitting in an on-side pocket in the right forward position. Cemi saw me, I gave him the nod, and he sent a through ball right were it needed to be. I brought it into the box, already had pre-determined where my shot was going to go, and executed. Far left side of the side netting. Goal! Boo-ya. I don't remember us getting too many shots after that, and I think I played some defense to help ensure the victory. It was one of the more satisfying wins this team has had.

May 1st: Roadkill 4, Fairfax United 0

Unfortunately, on the back-to-back scheduled games, we were missing our goalie and our fastest guy on the field who happens to play center defense. I let in 3 goals in half a game's worth of work. The first was a breakaway that I was so confident I had cut the angles and he had no shot he could score on. But he put it through my wickets. It just got worse from there on out. I think their second goal was a rocket into the corner I had no chance on, and their third goal was a soft goal where the guy caught me cheating off the post and put it short side. And it was THE SAME GUY. They had one player who'd run through everyone and score. If we could have shut him down, they wouldn't have got a single goal. I played in the field in the 2nd half but was completely ineffective. They got one more goal on a lucky looping shot that was unsavable. It was just a sub-par performance, like the days of old.

May 3rd: Fairfax United 2, Skittlebrau 0

However, on a short turnaround, we bounced back and won against decent competition. I thought we would have more trouble than we did with this team. They just couldn't bring the ball up the field and establish a lot of possession. Statistic oddity: Casey and me each split half a game in net, and we each scored a goal. That's fantasy soccer team material! Casey got the game winner off a header in the first half that sailed perfectly into the top corner of the net. My goal came in the second half off a play I actually worked to get. Usually I don't defend much or pressure the ball if we've lost it in the offensive third, but I gave it a go this time around. I caused enough havoc, won the ball, was eventually able to receive a pass and thread a shot between a diving keeper and a defender. It was a very pretty play overall. We could have netted a couple more and improved our goal differential, but we were a touch or a pass off. Still, nice to get another shutout, the third of the season.

May 12th: Fairfax United 4, Own Goal 1

The result was never in doubt. We probably win by more if I could shoot the ball with my left foot though. I think there were 5 chances where my shot was weak, or I hit the ground first with my foot. Gah! I assisted on our first goal, a play where I take the ball deep into the box, distribute it to someone up top for an easy shot. Perry blasted it in with authority. David got our 2nd on a header that looked like it was going over, but dropped nicely into the upper corner of the net. We all watched as it floated peacefully into the goal. I netted the third goal, surprisingly with my left foot. Again, I found myself in an on-side pocket up the right wing, Alex served up a beautiful lob pass, and after it bounced once, I half-volleyed it with my left foot towards the net. I thought it was going to go wider than it did, but it caught the goalie's outstretched right hand. It spun off his hand and there was enough spin that it curved just inside the far post into the goal. Kind of lucky, but I'll take it! We gave up a late goal on a breakaway that the other team happened to have a fast guy up the field for. But we came right back and Perry buried his second of the game from about 20 yards out into the top of the net. A good win overall.

8 games in, 4 to go. 6-0-2 (W-T-L), 18 points, 2nd place, 14-9 GF-GA. I have 7 goals to lead the team, Perry and Alex with 2 apiece, JJ Casey and David A with one apiece. We still have to play DIPL FC again, and I hope we have our full team so we can beat them. Hopefully I don't get hacked to bits like I did in the first game.

May 2011

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