We’ve played three tough games since my last entry, the first being against Northeastern, a very good team, similar to Boston College. In the first twenty minutes, we came out with a lot of energy and created numerous opportunities in front of goal. Within the first thirty seconds, one of our forwards went through in on goal, only to have his legs taken out by the central defender. The referee waved to our forward Jordan to get up, ignoring the shouts from our bench for a penalty. I thought to myself maybe the referee didn’t have the guts to give a penalty in the first minute, but I changed my theory by the end of the game.
Having missed numerous chances to put Northeastern on the back foot, I began to wonder if these chances would come back to haunt us at the end of the game. Northeastern began to settle into the game and soon started exposing our right flank with some explosive runs by their left winger. Our goalkeeper, Michael O’Keeffe, made a few key saves to keep the game 0-0 at halftime.
Northeastern’s best player, Dante, a player who looks like he belongs in middle school and not on the football pitch, began to get on the ball. In the first half he had trouble finding the game and this is really why we controlled most of the first half. But as we began to tire and more space was created, Dante began to take control of the game. Northeastern broke the deadlock with a free kick that fell to the top of the eighteen and was volleyed in off the post. About ten minutes later, Dante got on the ball and went on a magical Messi-like run, skinning three of our players before laying the ball in to the forward for an easy finish.
The following week we took on Stony Brook and Yale, neither of which I could play in. It was rough watching us go up a goal early on an amazing free kick from Jon Clements, and then go on to lose 4-1. But our team responded very well that Friday against Yale in New Haven. We were much more compact and organized, and we defended well as a team. It was impressive that we did not concede a goal against a team that scored 7 against Marist a few days before.
It was a great feeling to get our first win of the season, but now we’re focused on playing our rival Loyola in Baltimore on Friday night. I’ve finally gotten back into training and my ankle is feeling much better, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to contribute in some way against the Greyhounds.