The two games we lost against Sacred Heart and St. Francis (PA) were unfortunate because in both games we gave up silly goals due to individual mistakes, poor team defensive errors, and bad luck. In our game against Sacred Heart we lost 2-1. Sacred Heart scored the first goal about a minute into the game, the goal came in from a cross from a SHU winger and a SHU forward running in behind our center half and in front of our right back to head the ball in the net . The goal scored was due to collective team mistakes right from the kick off, forwards not closing down and forcing SHU to play down the middle, wingers winning the ball and turning back into danger rather than playing forward percentage football to turn the SHU defense, and lack of communication/coverage by defenders to pick up players in the six yard box. The second goal was scored by SHU on a corner kick where we keep getting unlucky and getting scored on.
The loss against St. Francis (PA) was very hard to get over from this past weekend. St. Francis (PA) was the NEC champs last season and they knocked us out of the playoffs in pk’s. I was very upset to lose this game because the game was there for the taking. We came out flying in the first half and we were unfortunate to not get an early goal. However, the momentum changed when St. Francis (PA) caught a lucky break as the ball deflected off one of our players on a corner kick for them to take the lead. This was very frustrating because we were offensively dominating them up until this point. Not too long later St. Francis (PA) was able to score a second goal after countless defensive individual mistakes. Players not heading the ball out, defenders not closing down players in the box, and individuals not tracking back their marks. To add more salt to the wound, St. Francis scored a third goal just minutes into the beginning of the second half as a lofted ball was played behind our back and a Red Flash player ran in behind to put the ball in the net.
It’s always great to win, winning is by far the best part of sports and winning is even better when you are having fun doing what you love the most. Our first win against FDU was very important for us because it was a confidence booster for the moral of our team. We had a tough loss in kickball match against Sacred Heart so it was nice to win a game where the ball spent the majority of the game on the ground rather than back in forth in the air between opposing defenders. At QU, we want to play, we love playing with the ball on the ground in our games because that’s how football should be played. Winning by playing beautiful football is so much more satisfying than winning ugly. I don’t enjoy playing ugly football but that is part of the NEC culture. In our conference we have teams that like to play and try to win playing proper football, the other half play long balls in the air or drop every one behind the ball to try to play for a tie. The NEC very much reflects the English Premier League where a large gap exists between the top teams and the teams at the bottom of the table fighting for survival who tend to play direct soccer. We scored 4 brilliant goals in our rout of FDU, this was very relieving especially after we failed to capitalize on our scoring chances against SHU and our out of conference opponents. Lastly, the goals that we scored against Robert Morris were great team build-up goals and finishes. Not only that, we showed a lot of character to come from being down 2-1 and win the game 3-2.