FC Irlande began in a 4-5-1 and Sainte Ode began in a 4-3-3 with very high wingers.
1530 Game start with Irlande defending into a strong wind and Sainte Ode defending a goal full of mud. Sainte Ode plays an early through ball centrally that Olatz charges forward to clear to our right wing.
Generally, our defense is connecting well. Both FBs have shown pace and good instincts to cut out the oppositions passes.
12 min- Goal FC Irlande- Momo (8) scores a beautiful free-kick from ~40m- lofting a driven ball over a three-woman wall to the far-post upper corner of the goal.
14 min- Goal Sainte Ode- Opposing #10 plays a long lofted around the four woman wall to the far-post. Olatz jumps to save, but the ball pushes past her fingertips.
Half-time: We handled well the heavy wind and ensuing pressure from Sainte Ode. Ines has had an amazing match with ~10 smothers of clear chances to the opposing 11 or 3 and some great overlapping runs up the pitch. Violette has been very strong in the 3 with several defensive headers to cut through passes and not been beaten by a single play.
50 min- Goal FC Irlande- Nawal (8) checks to Ines (7) to receive and uses a good skill move to turn upfield against the defending 6. She plays a diagonal through ball behind the 5 who has stepped to her putting Momo (8) in on goal. Momo holds off the opposing 4 and chips the charging keeper calmly to score.
56 min- Goal FC Irlande- Parker (9) checks onto a through ball from Mel (7) and drives a central cross. Nawal (8) heads the cross through to Ines (11) who collects and calmly dribbles with back to goal in the box. AJ overlaps inside and is played in 1v1 with the keeper. AJ lays a slotted shot to the far post low on the keepers left.
60 min- Goal Sainte Ode- Handball penalty against AJ (6) at the edge of our penalty area. Shot is driven low and to the keepers right. The goal is a muddy mess, and Olatz doesn’t get a touch.
81 min- Goal Sainte Ode- through ball from the opposing 7 put Sainte Ode 1v1 with Olatz (1). Olatz makes a slap save to her left and low, but the ball is spilled directly in the path of the attacker who scores.
Full Time- 3-3. Sainte Ode fans are cheering like they won the match, and we can’t help but feel like we left points on the table. This always seemed like a weekend that we needed to survive with so many injuries, sicknesses, and last minute cancellations, then the weather and calls seeming to go against us. Throughout the day, most of the team was playing in unfamiliar positions and handled well their responsibilities and attitude.