A second outing to the Lou Fusz Winter College Showcase for me on Sunday where I caught a 2002 girls match between Kolping Kicks Orange and Tony Glavin Green, a pair of teams that met in October in a SLYSA Championship match won 4-1 by Kolping. Sunday however it was Glavin that would come away with the win. Winter Showcase 2002: Kolping Kicks v Tony Glavin
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It appeared that Kolping would reprise their winning form but Glavin showed remarkable resilience on a day that had them playing with a single sub with a pair of 2005 lasses called in to supplement the regular roster. After blunting several early chances, including four corner kicks, Glavin slowly began connecting passes that had previously been intercepted and moved the ball down the wings. Forward Paige Richards was the target for much of that activity and she delivered in the 28th minute. Attacking mid Ashley Miller found her near the top of the box and after splitting the defenders, took on the keeper who came out hard. The ball fell favorably to Richards after the challenge and she calmly finished into the open net. It came shortly after she’d pursued a ball into the corner that could easily have been ignored. Winning a challenge, she was able to put a ball into the box. Remember, the girls are playing with one sub.
Glavin scored a second goal in the 37th minute from a direct kick approximately 30 yards out. Defensive midfielder Grace Faherty stepped up to take it and her ball hit the underside of the crossbar, landing across the line for the goal (the AR flagged it and was in position to see).
Kolping were not short of opportunities, winning more than six corner kicks. Several opportunities inside the six yard box were denied with #13 seeing her header go just wide as the keeper challenged and later, a shot off the upright.
The final goal was scored in the 62nd by Samantha LeClair as she took a ball from Claire Sanders (her carpooling budding) and finished from inside the box. Sanders was the goalie in the first half and her energy in the second half helped to keep Kolping at bay. The back four also stood out for me as they showed a lot of intelligence and hard work by the way they covered on defense. Someone was always in position. Left back offering congratulations, Center Back Center Back and Right Back
As always, these reports rely on published rosters (Glavin had one on GotSoccer, Kolping doesn’t). Teams are invited to offer corrections and send me rosters by Contacting Ole