Queen City Pride 1 - Revolution SC 4

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Queen City Pride 1 - Revolution SC 4

Post  ajbalsd on Mon May 07, 2018 9:07 am

Well, it was time for our team to finally move up to D2 this year. We had a few departures from last year's team, which meant some new faces to this year's lineup. Those new faces fit in perfectly with the rest of our team, and it showed right from the get go.

First, let me take a second to talk about our field. It will never win a prize for being a good surface to play on. However, yesterday was the first time it was actually soft. It is usually rock hard and crazy dry, or rock hard with puddles everywhere. Yesterday, it was crazy soft (many players were losing their footing) a the grass was a touch long (couldn't cut it because it was too soft). All in all, it wasn't that bad of a pitch (considering what we usually have).

Revolution showed up with 16-17 players, and QCP started with 10, getting their 11th a few minutes into the game. They didn't have a sub until after half time. We had our new kits on (black, long sleeve, perfect for a summer league) and were feeling good about the new year. I would say we held a good portion of possession and play for most of the first half. Rust was flying off of everyone, which meant there were plenty of bad passes and touches, but it got better as the game moved along.

Our first goal came off of some tough play just outside of QCP's 18. I am not too sure who got him the ball, but one of our new plays, Sebastien Barriere, found himself with the ball and the goalie out far to try and play it away. He made a beautiful touch over the goalie and just under the bar. 1-0. Our second goal came a few minutes later, on a pretty special play. Dave LaMastra Jr. moved the ball up a bit, just outside of the 18. He sent a pass across to his father, Dave LaMastra, who buried a shot into the upper corner. 2-0 on a father-son goal. That was pretty cool. The half ended with a few more chances for us (probably should have had one or two more goals) and with QCP putting on some good pressure of their own.

The second half was much more even, and possibly tilted towards our end, with QCP trying to gain some traction in the game. They broke through on a goal about midway through the second. There were some unfortunate bounces that ended up on the foot of a QCP striker all alone inside the 6, and an empty net. The AR raised his flag for an infraction (offside) but the Center Ref went to talk it over, which was the right call (even though it went against us). The new rule about being on went into effect here (player was offside, but the defender made a play on the ball that ended up going to the striker, putting him back on). 2-1. Things were pretty physical all game, slightly chippy, but nothing you wouldn't expect from a BDSL game. We added to our lead when QCP started pressing for the equalizer. I believe Ryan Pulaski got the ball to Corey DeVille near the 18, and Corey made a few nice touches before finding the back of the net. 3-1. Then, with the time just about up, Nate O'Donnell found David LaMastra Jr. open inside the 18. He made no mistake about this one (he missed one or two earlier in the game) to make it 4-1.

It was a hard fought win for our first points in D2. The QCP keeper made a bunch of outstanding saves to keep the game close until the very end. Our new additions: Seb Barriere, Adam Hellerer, David LaMastra Jr., and Carson Essenburg (who filled in brilliantly for Frank Huber in goal) fit in perfectly with the rest of the team, and playing incredible! Hopefully, the rest of us shook off all of remaining rust that was built up from the year. We are back at it against Future Stars at home on Mother's Day. Good luck to QCP the rest of the way.
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