Saturday 14 April 2007

Weekly Soccer Report

Corwin stops yet another attack

Weather for today’s soccer game started out moderately miserable, about as miserable as it can get without actually having to cancel the game. It was about 45°F, with a bit of wind and drizzle, but no actual frozen water falling from the sky. Game on!

However, Corwin’s team only had 9 players show up, so there were no substitutions at all. Jack became ill around half time and had to leave, so one of the other players (their team had 2 or 3 subs) was traded over to us for the second half.

The first quarter was exciting. Josh scored a goal early on and then the other team also scored (against Corwin, who made a valiant effort but slipped on the wet grass). Near the end of the quarter Josh took another good shot that was stopped by an opposing player grabbing it. However, that player wasn’t the goalie, so Josh let Jack take the penalty kick for another score. The score remained at 2-1 until late in the fourth quarter, at which point Josh got in to the zone and scored two goals with unsupported drives from midfield. After a minor incident on the field, there was another scrum near the opposing goal which resulted in Josh scoring again for a final score of 5-1.

Despite the final lopsided score, most of the game was very even, with lots of attacks on both goals and some great saves (mostly by goalies, but a few defenders as well). If anything was missing, I would say it was the non-goalie defense, which seemed to let in a lot of attackers in both directions, leaving the goalies to make spectacular saves.

Overall it was Josh’s game. Beyond scoring 4 of the 5 goals, he made at least one of the spectacular goalie saves, taking a very close shot and managing to tip it with his hand so it fell outside the goal where he could grab it before the other team could get another shot.

Corwin did reasonably well, although he seemed a bit off to me. He made some good clears but didn’t really shine on offense. Part of that might have been that he was the only person playing in short sleeves on a cold, rainy day. He had taken a coat, but he took it off early on and cleverly left it sitting in a way that caused the inside to become completely soaked, rendering it unusable in short order. This became a real problem in the fourth quarter when it turned noticeably colder.

The game didn’t end as well as it started. One of the other players had a bad habit of pushing during close encounters over the ball. At least twice this was blatant enough for a penalty kick. Jack had two major falls from this, Josh had one, and Ali had to leave the game for a few minutes from another impact. After a complaint from our coach about this pattern of illegal hits, the kid was pulled shortly after Josh started his scoring run. This caused some bad feelings on the part of the other team, which was a bit disappointing after such a well played game.

To top it all off, the weather conditions made picture taking almost impossible so I have very few shots of all the great action.

Season Summary

Posted by Dad about Corwin at 17:59 | Ping URL

But, did you get any of the various assaults? Josh has developed a headache from his encounter. Hopefully some ibuprofen and sleep will help.

I didn’t even bother to try taking pictures today, the weather was so lousy.

Did Corwin defrost?

Posted by: Deborah on 14 April 2007 at 21:54

I called ahead as we left and Mom had hot chocolate waiting for him, but he didn’t end up drinking any of it so he couldn’t have been that frozen. I noticed looking through the pictures that Corwin and Jack were quite the pair —

  • Corwin : only one wearing short sleeves
  • Jack : only one wearing short pants

I didn’t get pictures any of Josh being taken down — the weather was even worse then and few of the shots turned out. I did however get this one of Jack —

That’s gotta hurt

and another one, too blurry to upload but clear enough to see the hand right in the middle of Jack’s back.

As you can see, the photos are up, but the quality is down. I was probably lucky to get anything at all. There was one I actually liked, though —

On a nice monitor, you can see the rain drops.

Posted by: Dad on 15 April 2007 at 20:11
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