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Comments on First Game - Coach Laura Kerrigan
March 6, 2010By Laura Kerrigan of Cary High School
Our team had gained quite a bit from playing in the pre-season tournament on Saturday over at Athens Drive. We were able to try players in different positions and see how well certain players worked together.
Thus, I thought we looked fairly sharp at the beginning of the game.
We created some early chances, but unfortunately didn't convert them into goals. Kelly Glendenning just missed putting one in when the ball was cleared off the goal line and we had several chances to get in around the flanks.
Then, a mistake in the back line led to a goal against us. We regrouped and were able to create a few more chances in the first half, but didn't convert. Credit goes to the Fuquay-Varina goalkeeper for coming off her line so well.
In the second half, we were able to fix a few tactical problems and create a few more excellent scoring opportunities, but the opposing goalkeeper shut us down, again. Another mistake in the back led to a second goal against us.
At that point, we changed our game plan to create much more pressure on the opponent. We took some risks, but they paid off in terms of shots on goal for us.
Nikki Hoff put a blazing shot just high, Becky DeNardis created several opportunities for us, and Holly McKay and Kelly Glendenning both broke through the Fuquay back line several times. We didn't convert our chances though and ended up with a 2-0 loss.
Both of our goalkeepers, McKenzie Williams and Kristen Puryear played exceptionally well for us and came off their line very well to prevent scoring opportunities for our opponents.
All-in-all, we learned some valuable lessons and will use them as we go forward this season.