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JDF-48 Wears Down Vantreights-48, 4-0

JDF-48 Wears Down Vantreights-48, 4-0
March 7, 2018, 7:30pm, JDF #2 Grass

We burst out of the gates early, ready to get on the board quickly against this Vantreights team.  When we had several near-goals in the first five minutes, we thought we'd have a blowout by the end of the first half.  But somehow, Vantreights managed to thwart our attempts again and again.  If it wasn't a great save by their goalie, Darcy, it was one of us missing a shot that should have been in.  It was probably a bit comical to watch us getting agitated that we couldn't score, and one of their defenders began to taunt and laugh at us in jest.  Fortunately, Cory gave a compelling speech at half, full of metaphor and nuance, which left us calmed and inspired.  Our defense was particularly moved, as they played with increased finesse, cutting off attacks and then moving forward by patiently switching the ball around to the other side.  Kudos to Stu, Dave L, Arv, Lyle, and Dave O who formed the "wall in the back" with their solid play.  In the end, it was our defenders' persistence that got us turned around.  Our first goal came finally when our forwards and mids charged ahead looking for a cross into the goal area from Rob who had streaked down the sideline with the ball and instead angled the ball back across to the top of the 18.  Arv appeared from his defensive position to control the pass and finish it with a strong hammer into the right side of the goal.  Once our defense had primed the pump, it didn't take but 3 minutes for Paulo to keep the scoring flowing with a nice dribble in the area and a shot around Darcy.  And then about 5 minutes later Paulo put another shot off the inside of the left post that no goalie could reach.  Wally and Ping kept the creative attacks flowing in the middle, and our last goal came off a corner that was headed sharply into the crowd in front of the goal, bounced off a defender and was teed up for Cory who took out his 1-wood and crushed it into the net.  Lots of fun, and let's keep up the good play and sportsmanship!

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