back to DasMagic menuWrapUp from 06-02-2013
Well, the anger continues. Das Magic is having its worst start (record-wise) in recent memory. I say *record-wise* because the last two matches (a tie and now a loss), we actually played some pretty good to excellent soccer at times. The ball just doesn't seem to be going in enough, even though the opportunities are being created. Usually, when we are not winning, the reason is that we are not getting players to the matches, that is not the case. Let us view the latest disappointment:
Well, a large field with thick, wet grass and another young team. I immediately put us in a one goal hole with a bad pass that missed Jimmy in the first ten minutes of the game. The shit ball stopped right in the path of a Lancer forward. He took two touches and finish neatly low and to the left. From there, we mostly settled down and moved the ball well generating a large number of chances. The finishes were either off target or well saved by the opposing keeper. On one of the few moves they made into our defensive zone, another turn over by me just inside half resulted in another goal that benefitted from the slippery goal mouth.
Two goals down about thirty-five into the first half, Das-prospects did not look great. In spite of the situation, we continued to push hard and put the opponent back on their heals. With Jimmy starting ball movement from the back and Chad, Irish and Chris working though the middle, the momentum started to shift. A nice passing combo in the midfield free Irish a little right of center on a back pass from Paulie. Ben made a sweet run to the far side of the net. Irish found him with a sweet, on-the-run cross that Ben poked past the goalie on the short side with his bald, black head. We continued to pressure and took a 2-1 deficit into half; looking forward to continuing the turnaround in the last half.
As the second half start, Das kept the petal all the way to the floor. In between multiple excellent scoring chances, Reed kept us in the game with two or three stellar saves on the rare opportunities allowed by the defense. With time ticking down, we were awarded a kick outside the box on the left side. With another pin-point pass Irish hit me behind the wall for a game-tying goal with about fifteen minutes left in the match.
The situation was not helped when Jimmy had to leave the game with about twenty minutes left because of a nasty injury (and yellow card), that turned out to be a hairline leg fracture and stretched ligaments. Jimmy had been the start of several offensive pushes and his work was missed.
Unfortunately, minutes later, a cross on the ground into the box hit some *bad* turf and bounced high over a perfectly positioned Mark M. onto the foot of a waiting 'Lancer'. He easily punched the ball in for a 3-2 lead which is how the match ended.
With a home match against the first place team next week, we have our work cut out for Das. Fortunately, with the way the league is organized, we will get another crack at all of these teams. We need to start now!