Aargh! Danes Lose to the Pirates
April 22, 2012Fountain Valley School
The Danes set out to find treasure against the Pirates from St. Mary’s Island. Knowing that the St. Mary’s girls come out to raid any team they play, the FVS girls held their own the first half.
With strong play from the entire defense Captains Emily Greenbaum (Colorado Springs) and Alanna Erickson (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia), Sarah Bir (Pagosa Springs), Sarah Quirk (Colorado Springs), Ellie Taylor (Colorado Springs), Jana Kleemeier (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia) and goalkeeper Heather Whitham (Lamar), the Danes were able to come out of the first half still sailing. The end of the first half was 0-0 tie.
Even though the Pirates controlled most of the first half, the Danes did not let that deter them from coming out strong the second half. The FVS squad started to keep the ball on offense more. Then the big storm at sea came. The ship started to sway and the Pirates scored two quick goals and then a third later in the second half. With all the adversity against the Danes, the team held strong and learned valuable lesson from the experience. They gained confidence in the passing game. They learned what it took to move the ball against a quicker team. Constant hustle and movement is demanded by everyone on the team.
Emma Kriner (Billings, Mont.) had a strong game playing outside midfield. She normally plays forward but is quickly becoming a versatile player. Maile McCann (Pueblo) earned some valuable minutes gaining confidence in playing any position asked of her. Andrea Hassey (Mexico City, Mexico), nursing an injury, gave everything she had on the field and almost put the ball in the back of the net.
For the record, the Danes have 8 out of 10 halves of soccer where they have kept the opponent to no goals. That’s fantastic for a team just learning each other.
The next battle will be at home against James Irwin. This is becoming a big conference game that could find the winner taking second in league. Hope to see you there!