Our season opened up with a road trip to play Army at West Point, NY. We’ve been up there before but I’m always impressed by the place. The scenery as you descend onto campus overlooking the Hudson is fantastic. Pregame entertainment was provided in the form of a men’s soccer game between Army and Marist. Crazy game that ended 6-4 to Marist. Ten goals in the game! That would never happen in the English Premier League. Well at least not unless one of the teams sold their best players and had half of the rest of the team either injured or suspended. I’m beginning to think that there is some sense on Dave Clarke’s philosophy of supporting two teams. When Spurs get hammered at home by Manchester City he always has Celtic to fall back on. But then Celtic lose to FC Sion. What the heck. That’s bigamy. Arsenal till I die!
Back to the Army game. Typical first game in the sense that it was 100 miles an hour to start. The Cadets in the crowd were quite raucous. Attendance was posted as 2,000 so there was a good atmosphere. 0-0 after regulation and we held on in overtime to take a draw. Needless to say we were not the fitter of the two teams in OT. The good news is that we are in good hands when these young women have to protect our country. "Hoo-wah"
Trivia Time: "Hoo-wah" is a military acronym (usually yelled by Drill Sargents to Boots) from the acronym "HUA" which is often pronounced "hoo-ah" or in this case "hoo-wah." HUA stands for "Heard, Understood, Acknowledged." Movie Tip: Scent of a Woman. A must see film. Pacino at his best.
Fortunately Irene passed by New Britain and we were back training again on Monday preparing for the Yale Tournament. We knew the Providence game would be tough. They already had played four games compared to our one game. It usually takes four or five games to get back to full match fitness and work out kinks in the system. We got off to a great start after 35 seconds when the Providence keeper passed the ball to our center forward who then chipped her from 30 yards. Three minutes later we added a second. 2-0 up after three minutes. A dream start. Then I remembered Jim’s blog from the week before when Providence were trailing 2-0 to Bryant. I quickly pulled out the iPad and started taking notes on what tactical adjustments Jim would make. Our attention to detail paid off when midway through the second half we caught Providence Assistant Coach Sam Lopes shaving his legs in the bathroom. Sam meekly claimed he was preparing for a triathlon next week but we knew he was trying to sneak on as a sub. Nice try!
Providence got a goal back (without Sam) but we held on for the first win of the season.
On Saturday I headed over to Conard High School to watch some games at the annual jamboree. It was good to see a bunch of my SoccerPlus ECNL U 15 girls make their HS varsity teams. It also gave me a chance to catch up with a bunch of local coaches. I know the quality of HS soccer isn’t always the best, but I love the camaraderie and parochial support that these teams enjoy. I’m looking forward to catching some games throughout the Fall.
At this stage we had a win and a tie so we rounded out our record with a 2-1 loss to Marist on Sunday. Needless to say Labor Day Monday was spent with Madame Gamebreaker. The video tape doesn’t lie and we had plenty to review after the weekend. Working with Gamebreaker is labor intensive but video is a great teaching tool. After pulling out all the edits I wanted, we met with the team to watch film on Tuesday. Hoo-Wah!
Until the next time.
Enjoy the game,