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Women go 2-0 for a 6pt weekend
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Week 2 of the Soccer season has come and gone marking a little bit of recent history for the Royals Women’s Program.
“We picked up our first 6 point weekend in my three years with the team” said head coach Ciaran McMahon.
The Women led off the weekend with a decisive victory knocking off the Capilano Blues 5-1.
“We controlled them from start to finish. We had a game plan that the team executed to a tee with goal scoring contributions from two defenders” Said McMahon.
The Royals started the scoring with an early goal from Miranda Quinn, but gave up a quick goal within 5 minutes after taking the lead.
The tie seemed to spark the team as they picked up the intensity netting 4 consecutive goals from Nicole Fraser, Laura Shaw, and 2 from Kaela Kampf.
The Royals defense had an outstanding game making Goalkeeper Jahtania Gallo’s job a lot easier than last weekends.
Then, On Sunday, the Women marched in to a very hostile environment to play the VIU Mariners, a team they haven’t got the best of in the last 5 years.
The game started off with a great individual effort from first year Royal Julie-Toda, who stole the ball off the Mariner’s backline, dribbled through a few defenders and slotted it home through the near post and past the goal keeper.
As the case on Saturday, minutes after taking the lead the Royals sat back a bit and allowed the Mariners to tie the game at 1 a piece before halftime.
“The team's focus and efforts began to wane but a regrouping at half time had the team come out fired up for the second half of the game” said McMahon.
The Royals went on to dominate the next 25 minutes of play until they were finally rewarded with a direct free kick 40 yards away from the VIU goal.
Ashley Melvin stepped up, noticing a flaw in the goal keeper’s positioning, blasted a perfect 40 yard shot right over the goal keeper clipping the underside of the cross-bar and falling in for a 2-1 lead.
“The last 10 minutes of the game were a bit frantic with VIU throwing everything they had forward but our back line cleaned everything up nicely and moved the ball up the park with purpose. Our attacking players used their experience to control the ball and play safe in the final few minutes of the game, keeping the play to the corners and drawing fouls from the opponents” said a noticeably excited head coach Ciaran McMahon.
Between the Women and Men’s team this weekend, the Royals managed to gain an impressive 5 of 6 possible points.