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JDF-48 Puts Away Gorge-48, 3-1

JDF-48 Puts Away Gorge-48, 3-1
October 3, 2018, 7:00pm, Hampton Grass

With the memory of last year's 2nd half loss to Gorge in a game we had controlled, combined with the keen recollection of Cory getting hacked at the knees in the same game, JDF-48 players converged on the Hampton pitch Wednesday night with a -- shall we say -- certain focused intensity. Charging out of the gates, we played the first 45 minutes of the game with superb discipline and creativity. We pressured consistently while on defense, and we passed the ball well, working to the outsides and back into the middle. Within 15 minutes, we produced our first goal after a pretty combination of passing between Paulo and Ric up front, finishing with a nicely slotted shot into the lower right of the net by Ric. Many of us had opportunities to score, and we thought we might see another goal by Dwight when he wound up his shooter leg and let loose on a ball that soared over the uprights. A goal was called offside by their more-than-generous linesman who seemed to be raising his flag whenever there was the tiniest bit of excitement. Ric produced his second beauty about 25 minutes in after Paulo took a cracker shot just inside the 18 that ricocheted down off the cross bar, only to be side-volleyed in by Ric just a second after the goalie breathed his sigh of relief. Ric pulled off his hat-trick in the first half when the goalie scrambled back after being too far out, though Ric gave him ample opportunity to get back before looping a shot over his arms into the back of the net. Second half we thought we'd bury them another 6 feet under, but it turns out that we were tired. We were not as precise in our passes, we were lax on our defensive marking, and we did not convert our shots, even though we did have many opportunities. In the last 15 minutes, Gorge managed to get one shot off when the ball squirted back to their attacking mid. He was positioned just so that it would have been an embarrassment if he had missed his shot. 3-1. Our defining win was capped off suitably when Cory chased down the ball while simultaneously giving their reckless midfielder a little bump with a carefully selected aside. He then wisely took himself out of the game before Keith could give him 10 minutes. Great play boys and keeps our perfect record for the season intact!

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