4/2/2017 Weekend Rewind

We only had one game yesterday, but it was memorable. Premier played Rush in a game with several state/league subplots swirling around the match.

We came out flat. Rush pressed well in midfield and we lacked sharpness to work the ball through their pressure. On two set plays and one poor defensive turnover near the box, we caught some bad bounces and didn’t show the commitment necessary and found ourselves quickly down 3-0 around the 35th minute. While Rush was competitive, we felt like the scoreline was self-imposed.

We caught a lifeline when Jonny Sawyer finished a breakaway in the 43rd minute to close the deficit to 3-1 going into half. At half, Coach Elbin adjusted several things and we came out the second half a different team. Confident and committed. The full press worked wonders as Rush was unable to play out of the back and was stuck in their end for large swaths of the 2nd half. The comeback was in full gear when Jeremy Sampson took a terrific shot just outside of the box that went off the crossbar and in around the 55th minute to bring us back to within one (3-2). Around 15 minutes later, a Cory Schmeling volley hit the post and ricocheted in to tie the game up at 3-3. Around this time, Rush managed a couple of counters that could have been dangerous but ultimately didn’t lead to much. And with less than 5 minutes on the clock, Kyle Crouse got the ball near the top of the box, cut back to evade two defenders and coolly slotted the ball (on weaker foot) into the side-netting for the 4-3 win.

Incredible team belief and fortitude to come back for the win. Post-game beers were in order.

Since we’re a few weeks into our season, it’s time to post our initial Spring 2017 Golden Boot Standings (Goals, Player, Team).

4 Gary Stom -Masters
2 Vitor Bravo -Premier
2 Jeremy Sampson -Premier
2 Jonny Sawyer -Premier
2 Kyle Crouse -Premier/United
2 Alan Pantaleon -United
2 Scott Brooks -Masters
2 John Riggs -Masters
2 Jin Tsuchiya -Legends
2 Pascal Wagner -Legends