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A 1-3 loss and 3 lost points. We MUST win in our next session with them and count on someone else to take them down. This game can be summarized simply as uncompleted scoring opportunities and soft goals let by. London provided no dominance in this game and our Eagles did a good job playing the game against one of the top teams in our league. We had a tournament weekend prior . They had school soccer during the day, so no big energy advantage. We out-shot London 15-8 with at least half of our opportunities clear winners on any other day. Their U15 striker/stopper (#10) was well managed at both ends. This player scored two and assisted on two others against the U15 B team for a 4-0 London win. Our completed passes were 61 and 50, first and second half respectfully. This is down considerably from the 80+ we logged in the Sudbury game on the weekend. Both teams split 3 corners each. Our corners yielded fell into the unnecessary category. No memorable opportunities from our corners. Offsides London 1 Eagles 3 50-50 balls - of 47 clear encounters we gained 30 - 64% - needs to improve. Only 8 Eagle crosses in the game suggesting we are not working the offensive corners effectively. Our lone goal was a short pass breakaway set up from the midfield near the end of the game. A well struck free kick hit the cross bar - we headed an open net ball over the net - we buried 6 in the keeper's belly. Goals against - Free kick from a foul just outside of our box front and centre. Scored on the wall side top right corner - a good strike but suggests our wall set-up needs work. Second goal crossed from a bad angle on the right that found the far post. Third goal from the right side but fumbled by the keeper - and dropped over the line. Six offensive shots 1 v 1 with the opposing keeper squandered. One of those was a creative set play on an indirect kick from the penalty spot (pass back). The London coach said "they were lucky" after the game - and he was right. Reminiscent of last year's first game with them when they started with 8 players and we still lost 1-2. The London coach had the same comment last year. Notables, Chloe Steph and Katie not available. Megan got a quality hit to the nose at the halfway mark of the first half. Parents seated near the player bench - no more please. Future game - close their space down tighter for better control. BT
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ONTARIO CUP GAME VS GLENGARRY JULY 8.06

Posted by BOB TWIDLE at Jul 25, 2006 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
A convincing 7-1 win over a team that chose not to adjust to a strong penetrating front line. Shots on Goal Eagles – 25 (our shots were fewer in the second half (15/10)) Glengarry - 10 (6/4) Completed passes 1st half – 73 (not nearly our finest performance) 2nd half - 53 (clearly not in the game comfortably) Corners Eagles – 9 ( 1 converted but still far from effective) Glengarry – 3 (too many) Offside Eagles – 2 Glengarry - 1 Total crosses from the corners was 4 (far too low) Stats maintained by Lyndsay T BT
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GAME REPORT JUNE 12.06 IN KITCHENER

Posted by BOB TWIDLE at Jul 25, 2006 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
Great weather for a game on a good field at Budd 1. A late start at 8:40 pm while we waited for game officials to arrive. A 5-0 positive result with three important points earned. Overall we worked a lot harder than we needed to with more contact soccer than I would like to see. Positioning issues, first touch control problems and many direct passes to green shirts contributed to possession challenges. Many times we are holding the ball just one step too long and getting closed down – work hard on one touch passing. Having said that…… Completed passes were 85 in the first half and 102 in the second. This is right up there with some of our best possession/control games this year. Corners - Eagles - 3 – Kitchener – 1 Offside 2 each Shots (directed at the net) – Eagles – 18, Kitchener - 3 Yellow cards – 1 to # 12 Kitchener for deliberately kicking one of our players. Penalty shots not called against Kitchener - 2 Our attacking formation created some high quality combinations from time to time drawing cheers from the fans. Kitchener officiating didn’t disappoint our expectations – they are renowned for one sided games. The abusive play of the Kitchener players was regularly ignored and fortunately we held our cool without incident. There will always be games like this from time to time. We deal with this with a high level of skill, self discipline and class. We also deal with it where it hurts them the most – 3 points in our pocket. We meet them again on our own turf and we need to be ready for a smarter Kitchener squad. Bring on Oakville on Wed. Water, water, water, water everyone. BT
Not a lot of gas in the tank for this game, but a decent showing in the first half once you found your legs. We faced the usual poorly managed game officiating in St. Catharines where quality refs need to tone down the bully tactics the Jets bring out. You get another crack at these guys on Sunday morning when you’ll all have recovered from this past weekend. Shots on Goal Eagles – 8 (5/3) Jets - 9 (1/8) Completed passes 1st half – 74 2nd half - 49 Corners Eagles – 7 ( 0 converted and still far from effective) Jets – 1 Offside Eagles – 1 Jets - 1 Total crosses from the corners was 7 One red card - to Corrin with another Jets player - retaliation by Corrin for Jets dirty play. We tried counting the umber of passes that went to the wrong colour shirt – we lost count - just too many. Stats maintained by Lyndsay T BT
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U16 ONTARIO CUP GAME VS AJAX JULY 9.06

Posted by BOB TWIDLE at Jul 25, 2006 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
You came into this game already having accomplished your tournament victory. Finished with a 3-2 victory with tired and bruised bodies. Shots on Goal Eagles – 14 (6/8) Ajax - 5 (2/3) Completed passes 1st half – 53 (not a lot of energy left on the field to put it together) 2nd half - 60 (we have done more passing in one half of a game than what we did in two halves of this game) Corners Eagles – 8 ( 0 converted and still far from effective) Ajax – 5 (too many) Offside Eagles – 2 Ajax - 1 Total crosses from the corners was 8 (improved from 4 in the last game) Stats maintained by Lyndsay T Re-energize for the next game that really, really matters tomorrow in St. Catharines. BT