Kings Hammer Central, Win 5-1. Two minutes and 51 seconds in, Emma Berman made a nice run to the goal. As the goalie came out to defend, she laid the ball off at the top of the box and a streaking Natalie hammered the ball in to the back of the net. At the 18 minute mark, Ella made a nice cross into traffic for an assist as Sophie made a nice first touch and slipped the ball into the corner past the goalie for a 2-0 lead. After 20 minutes of the Force dominating possession and keeping the ball on the offensive half of the field, Natalie drew the defense left as Ella was making a nice backside run. Seeing Ella open, Natalie quickly switched the field with a nice ball that Ella was able to drill into the top corner for a 3-0 lead that would hold until half. A solid 25 minutes of scoreless soccer to open the second half was broken when Kings Hammer was able to work the ball successfully and get a shot in the net to cut the lead to 3-1. Our girls quickly responded just 4 minutes later as Katie Pickering was able to create her own opportunity to stretch the lead to 4-0. Just a minute and half later, an odd bounce on a pass from Emma created a 1v1 opportunity for Katie and she again made the most of the chance and buried another shot to put the game out of reach, 5-1, giving Emma the assist.
Oakwood United Girls 03, Win 3-1. Force got he scoring started half-way through the first half as Ella used some nice foot skills to get some separation from the defenders and then used her speed to force the goalie to the right and went across the goal to the left corner for a 1-0 lead. After a nice counter attack, Alysa was trailing Emma as she pushed the ball up the field. Emma was stood up by the defense and quickly dropped the ball to Alysa, with no hesitation she blasted a hard shot from distance that went over the goalie’s outstretched hands for Force’s second goal of the game. A quick steal on the kick off and great ball movement found a flashing Emma. Macie squeezed a great through ball between the last two defenders and Emma easily placed the ball in the net. Just 83 seconds later, Force were up 3-0. Just 1:41 into second half, Oakwood created a great opportunity cutting into the Force’s lead, 3-1. Knowing we had a tough game to the final on Sunday morning, the Force played keep away for the last 25 minutes of the half to conserve some energy. The possession game created 13 more shots, and 3 corner kicks but none found the net as the game ended 3-1.
Tempest FC Blue, Tie 3-3. This one will haunt Coach Ben for a long time! Two great teams, a great back and forth game. Tempest came out strong and controlled the possession much of the first 12 minutes and was able to score in the 13th minute for a 1-0 lead. This woke the Force up. The next 12 minutes resulted in the ball not crossing back into our half of the field. Intense pressure, great defending and teamwork resulted in 7 shots and 3 corners in the a 12 minute stretch that lead to Rachel Fullerton easily touching around the goalie for a tap in to tie the game up 1-1. Macie was able to get some space and sneak a ball into a low corner of the goal for a 2-1 halftime lead.
What a second half! The pressure, physicalness, and quality of play from both teams was amazing. Most of the second half remained scoreless. With the ball deep in our end, Kristen made a beautiful tackle, tapped to space and lofted a long ball over the defenders and Rachel outraced their back line. 1v1 on the goalie, Rachel won the battle for a 3-1 lead for the force with 18 minutes left and a 2 goal lead. We relaxed our pressure and intensity that gave us the 3-1 lead. Tempest increased their intensity. We weathered the storm of their attack, but with 4 minutes left, with all 10 field players within 25 yards of our goal, a nasty deflected got past Reganne to bring the score to 3-2. We possessed the ball for the much of the last 3 minutes, but a miscommunication on our part created an opportunity for the opponent. With 28 seconds left, they tied the game at 3. One desperation shot on the kick off was off target and the Force was left out of the final based on the tie breaker, goal differential. A great spring season completed in heartbreaking fashion for the girls.
Nike Challenge Cup
Worthington United 03G Navy, Tie 1-1. Worthington Opened the game with possession of the ball and it resulted in 4 shots on goal in the first 13 minutes of the game. After settling in, we put together a series if passes and worked the ball down the field, after a few shots, the ball was cleared over the goal line for a corner kick. Alysa Pinkerton struck the ball beautifully and placed it high and on goal. Courtney Schuck leaped and headed the ball into the back of the net for 1-0 Club Ohio United lead. In the 31st minute, Worthington was able to squeeze a shot between Reganne Dailey and the near post to equalize the score. What followed was 39+ minutes of back and forth possession with many shot opportunities, but quality goalie play from both team’s keepers kept both teams form breaking the tie. Club Ohio United was able to product 16 shots and Reganne recorded 9 saves in the game.
PFC Extreme Green, Tie 2-2. Club Ohio United came out of the gate quickly. Courtney got the first shot off just 0:52 into the game. Dominating possession early, Ella McMullen sent a pretty through ball into the corner to Katie Pickering sent a beautiful cross to the top of the goal box where Courtney Schuck connected on the other end to give the Force a 1-0 lead. Keeping the ball in offensive half of the field produced a free kick from 25 yards out. Alysa took matters into her own hands and blasted the ball past the wall and into the corner of the goal for a 2-0 Force lead. Just 11 minutes later PFC Extreme cut the lead to 2-1 and then again in the 33rd minute, they knotted the score at 2 and we went to half. The second half was back and forth, Club Ohio United manage 7 shots on goal, none reaching the net. Great defense kept the ball away from our goal and Reganne notched two saves in the second half to secure our second tie for the day.
GPS Buffalo Elite 03 NPL , Win 3-1. We talk to the girls to play to make Sunday mean something. Definitely an unconvential path with two ties on Saturday, but we were in just that position: win and we are in. With pre-game bad news that Courtney would not be able to play due to an ankle injury suffered against PFC Extreme, we had to do some last minute juggling. Luckily, Natalie Chambers and Emma Berman were back. GPS Buffalo came in ranked #11 in the state of New York and National Premiere League qualifier. We had to bring our best game to advance to the Championship game with a quality opponent and only 2 subs.
Club Ohio United came out quickly and Natalie made an immediate impact scoring on a laser from 20 yards outside to give the Force a quick 1-0 advantage. GPS Buffalo responded and picked up their game and possession but was unable to get any quality shots off as we played stifling defense in the defensive third of our field. Both teams exchanged some shots but came up empty as we took a 1-0 lead into half.
GPS Buffalo came out strong and controlled the game from the kick-off and knotted the score at 1 just 11 minutes into the half. As the teams exchanged possession, Katie got off a solid shot that the keeper deflected across the line, for our second corner kick of the game. Another perfectly placed corner by Alysa resulted in two shots before the ball was redirected towards Taylor Sloan and she used her chest to redirect the ball into the net giving the Force a 2-1 lead with only 13 minutes left in the game. We changed our formation to a 4-4-2 knowing they would throw everything at us and all we had to do was keep Reganne from touching the ball. We weathered the storm of their offensive pressure, our defense played lights out as Reganne only had to defend 1 strong shot. After a long clearing kick from Kristen, Natalie was able to outrun Buffalos defenders and from the bottom of the center circle was able to lift the shot over their goalie’s head to all but seal the victory giving us a comfortable 3-1 lead with only a little over a minute left.
We have to acknowledge the job and sacrifice that our defenders made during this game: Alysa Pinkerton, Kristen Pfaff, Lydia Conner, and Taylor Sloan all four played all 70 minutes of the game and along with Natalie Chambers and Ella McMullen in the midfield, gave the team every ounce of energy they had.
Game #4 – Championship Game
GFC IMPACT Blue 03G, 0-2 loss, What an accomplishment to make the Championship Game at the Nike Cup in the Elite division!! The coaches could not be more proud of the girls, their hard work and dedication. We played a very disciplined team that passed with beautiful combinations and our girls having a much tougher road to the finals, our energy level wasn’t there. As we spent the beginning of the game “chasing” there passing and spacing, we quickly lost any energy we had left. Two first half goals turned out to be the difference in the game. Nonetheless, a sense of accomplishment quickly came over the girls and huge smiles were to be seen at the awards and while we were getting our team picture.
Nike Cup Elite Finalists – Congrats girls, you should be proud!!!
Now back to work!!!!
Club Ohio Fall Classic
Welcome Back Courtney and Reganne!!!!! Almost back to full strength.
Cuyahoga Valley SC 2003G, Win 3-1. CVSC opened the scoring in the 6th minute on a nice shot to the corner post that snuck past Sophie Folwell. Dominate performance from this point on. 22 shots on goal resulted in 3 goals for our girls, all scored by Courtney Schuck with two defenders, Kristen Pfaff and Alysa Pinkerton, getting assists on nice overlapping runs. In the final 65 minutes, CVSC was only able to muster up 2 shots on goal as the majority of the game was played on our offense half of the field.
Tempest FC Lightning, Loss 1-0. The girls possessed the ball creating 6 shots on goal, unfortunately they resulted in 0 goals. Tempest FC was only able to get off 3 shots the entire game but in the final 5 minutes, they were able to score the game winner. The girls knew they let one slip away in a very physical game.
TC United , Win 3-1. The mind games started from the beginning from TC United as just prior to kick-off, they changed out of the blue jerseys into black forcing us to change into our whites. This did not sit well with our girls as they used this for extra motivation. This turned out to be one of our most technically superior games we have played: tremendous passing and possession, tenacious pressure defense played on all three levels of our formation, communication and patience that help to maintain possession for more than 80% of the clock. As we continued to control the action and dictate the game, TC United became more and more frustrated. In the 35th minute, Payton Alloway broke the scoreless tie on an assist from Courtney Schuck. TC United tied the game in in the first 5 minutes of the second half. This did nothing but refocus our girls! Quickly, the girls flexed their muscles getting an astounding 6 shots in 4 minutes before a beautiful pass from Kristen Pfaff allowed Ella McMullen to score giving us the lead. Our TEAM soccer continued to frustrate TC United resulting in a red card as a forward threw a punch into Lydia Conner's back. Ella McMullen set up Macie Smith with a great cross to put the icing on the cake as the girls won the last game for the fall campaign.
We again lined up with 12 girls! Not one complaint! The girls knew the hill they had to climb and took the challenge head on!
Pride SC 03G Premier, Win 1-0. A game where we dominated possession of the ball, and won the shots on goal battle 11-7. Sophie Folwell was up to the challenge and saved on 7 shots to record the shutout, her 4.5 on the season. Natalie Chambers blasted a shot from 25 yards out in the 17th minute to score the only goal of the game. The defense of Alyssa Pinkerton, Kristen Pfaff, Alexis Frazee, Lydia Conner, and Isabel Lynch played solid D to limit the Pride's opportunities.
Ohio Fusion SC 2003G, Loss 2-0. Not our best game!! Playing in un-seasonal heat and all girls playing in excess of 58 minutes in the first game, we played with little emotion and enthusiasm. We did win the possession battle and managed 10 shots on goal but none found the back of the net. Sophie Folwell did record 2 saves during the game.
Barcelona United Elite 03G , Loss 3-0. Welcome Back Taylor!!!! After a tough loss in her Warren tournament game, Taylor and her mom made the trip to Beavercreek to join us for Sunday's game. In a rematch from an earlier season loss, the girls were filled with excitement to have Taylor, another sub. In a great back and forth battle, we surrendered a goal in the 26th minute. Early in the second half we lost Emma to a hard fall and were back to having one substitute. Both teams had shot on goal over the next 35 minutes, 6 for us and 8 for them. Most of the game was played in the middle third. Fatigue got to the girls and we surrendered 2 more goals on long balls in the last 5 minutes of the game. The coach from Barcelona asked to speak to our girls after the game and was very complimentary of their skills, knowledge of the game, and drive.
OSU vs. Michigan Ball Girls
The girls had a great time while being the ball girls for the OSU vs. Michigan Women's Soccer game. On the field during the game, the girls got see first hand the speed and physicality of the Division I game as well as the communication it takes to play at that high level.
Many of the girls could be seen during the broadcast on the BigTen Network as well.
Dublin Champions Cup
After some hard work and working out some kinks from the last tournament, we were looking forward to getting back on the field and competing.
PFC Extreme Green, Loss 4-1. We battled for 42+ minutes in a tight 2-1 game. PFC Extreme got on the board first in scoring in the 9th minute to take the 1-0 lead. 20 minutes later, we surrendered another goal and PFC took a 2-0 lead into halftime. After some adjustments at half, Payton Alloway received a nice through ball and and out paced the defense to the goal and buried her shot in the corner to bring the Force within 1. We would give up two more goals in the final 15 minutes to drop the tournament opener.
Impact GFC Gray 2004., Win 5-1. Impact came out quickly and on a quick counter attack scored their lone goal 3:53 into the opening half. Less than 4 minutes later, Payton Alloway got her second goal of the tournament and tied the game up. As the Force increased its pressure on the ball and dominated possession, 4 more goals would be scored by Rachel, with Payton assisting on 2 of her goals with beautiful crosses and the Force would end the day 1-1
Grand Lake United, Win 5-0. The girls must have gotten a good night's rest as the Force came out quickly and controlled the game from the opening kick-off. Claire Schenkel got the scoring started with a nice shot from the corner of the 18 after a nice move worked her around the defender to get her to space. 17 minutes later, Brielle added the second goal of the game and moments later Macie Smith and Claire was credited with a great assist and the Force went into half up 3-0. 25 minutes into the second half Mackenna scored to put the Force up 4-0 and 5 minutes later Claire scored her second goal of the game after Ella McMullen squeezed a beautiful pass through two defenders to assist the goal.
WV Select 2004 U14 Girls, Win 1-0. After a 35 minute delay to the start of the game, it was quickly realized that the familiar teams would not back down from one another in what turned out to be a very physical, hard fought game. Both teams had opportunities to score in the first half, but some nice goalie play by Sophie Folwell and the Select goalkeeper kept the ball out of the back of the goal. in the 50th mintue, Brielle scored her second goal of the tournament for the Force. Good possession, and high pressure defense held off the Select for the final 11 minutes and the Force secured its second straight shutout and third of the fall season.
The Force brought its record for the fall season up to 4-3 and are looking forward to the Haunted Classic to continue the momentum from the Finalist honors earned at the Dublin Champions Cup.
Nike Fall Kick-Off
We were coming off making the finals in 5 of the 6 last tournaments but definitely not at full force. With 4 rostored girls playing high school soccer, and 2 more out with ankle injuries and one out with strep throat, we were short handed. With only 10 girls available from our roster, we were able to find some help through guest players to complete a starting line up and have a few substitutes.
Barcelona United Elite 03G: Loss 1-4. Payton Alloway scored the lone goal for Force girls. We looked out of sync this game, but as we talked after the game, we would come back and play better.
Upper 90 FC 03G Red: Loss 0-2. Against a talented possession team that applied tremendous pressure, we struggled to maintain possession and did not capitalize on the opportunities we were presented as we could not convert any of our 8 shots on goal. Upper 90 FC went on to become tournament champions.
Club Ohio Dublin: Win 2-0. A nice team win for the Force. Many nice combinations and runs from the girls creating 15 shots on goal. Macie Smith had her "welcome bakc" game from her knee problems last year scoring both of the goals and nearly missing another opportunity for the "hat trick".
Overall the results were not what we were looking for, but we improved each game over the weekend and will use the win as a spring board toward the next tournament.
Nike Cup Elite Division Finalists
Dublin United Champions Cup Finalists
Marietta Classic Champions
Little General Soccer Classic Champions
Club X Tornado Memorial Champions
Club Ohio Fall Classic Finalist
Haunted Classic Finalist