It was a disappointing game opener ending in a 0-4 loss, though it should be mentioned that field players had to rotate in goal. Thanks to Kelly, Lisa, Ryan, Al, and Sara for showing off your keeper skills! And welcome to our new players Abby, Anne, and Danielle (Danielle wins brownie points for coming Central Bar)! On the upside, we had great bar attendance.
This week CPR white played the magic for a state cup match early morning on st pattys day. The score stayed even at zero until the magic took the lead with a breakaway. Jo made some monster saves in goal but the magic put another one away in the 1st half. About ten minutes into the second half the coach of the magic walked onto the field before a throw in for CPR to have a private conversation with the ref. The ref then proceeded to confront the player who had the nerve to stay warm and kept pants on over her shorts (who shall remain nameless) and asked her to take her pants off. After this minor five minute time out the game continued, and unfortunately the magic’s game plan worked and they scored a few more goals. CPR had a good number of close chances but unfortunately couldn’t get the ball into the back of the net. The end.
The team could not be more excited to play than last Sunday. Who could remember the last time we one played in the beginning of March with the sun shining and the temperature reading 50 degrees? This was a soccer player’s dream, and it was opening day of soccer season. In the beginning of the first half, we controlled the game flow. However, within just 10 minutes and only 10 players on the field, the opposing team figured out how to pressure the defense. They were high pressuring with 3 to 4 players at a time, which allowed for open shots and a slow counterattack on our part. As for the second half, we played a smarter/tighter defense, and had some decent combination plays. Unfortunately, they netted 4 unlucky goals. What felt like a great day for soccer, ended in an exhausting loss.
We look forward to next game, and are hoping for some “Irish Luck.”
CPR played the Kickers today with an old school roster…or rather, old roster. We started strong with some beautiful passing and solid teamwork. Midway through the half, Dufton showed up straight out of bed and netted a beauty in the back of the net. Note: Duf forgot that Central Bar is post-game, not pre.
Anyway, the Kickers came fighting back in the 2nd half and scored two goals. But CPR was still hungry. (Lisa had only had a soy whey creatine shake beforehand). Thanks to the brilliant performance of Danielle and a heroic save in goal (that I apparently missed), Danielle was the team MVP. Oh, and CPR found a way to tie it up at the end 2-2. Until next week…
Started off the rainy Sunday will only 9 players, but after an injury in the first five minutes we were down to eight — a preview to the long game ahead. We played well, under the circumstances, only allowing two goals in the first half and finding a few chances ourselves. But being three players down for 45+ minutes proved too much, and they put three more away in the second half to end the game 5-0. Despite being clearly outnumbered, we fought hard and managed to get a few chances on goal against a good team (and a full squad!)
In this season’s Women’s Derby this past Sunday, the Whites suffered a tough 0-2 defeat to the club rivals, the Reds. A beautiful day for soccer, Sunday was a heartbreaking loss for the Whites, 0-1-2 so far this season. The Whites rejected the Reds’ advances for 40+ minutes until, in the closing minutes of the first half, the Reds capitalized on a turnover at the halfway line. Making a quick transition, the opponent’s forward, Jill, netted a far-post shot from 20 yards out. In our defense, she is really, really fast. The Whites held the 0-1 score for the majority of the second half, battling back but unable to finish their chances. Kelly Sanders’s 25 yard free kick beat the Reds’ wall and was the best on goal shot from the Whites, but was unable to get past the keeper. In the last minutes of the second half, Reds’ newcomer Paddy attacked out of the back and laced a shot from way outside to make the score 0-2. Again, in our defense, she just graduated college. The Whites were unable to return the favor in the closing minutes of the game, receiving a disappointing L after 90 minutes.
When reached for comment, Kaitlin Dufton responded brusquely yet not impolitely, “grrr
”. The inclusion of a smiley face with the frustration sums up this showing well; despite the final score, the Whites showed important improvements. Building on the usual tough defending, with Cat Verri continuing to fill Gump’s shoes at center back, the offense was finally clicking and creating our best chances this season. The Whites look to improve their record this Sunday at 11:00AM at the East 6th field against Scala, because we have to and because it is about time us forwards score.
The women’s white team made their season debut with a big dose of mediocre against Rovers 2! The good news was that goalie Jo Snapp forced a shut-out. The bad news was that the Rovers 2 goalie responded in kind. The Whites should have won, but they didn’t. Hopefully CPR will start shooting a little more this season. Check back sporadically to see if we’ve been posting match reports. We also don’t have a great record with those.
We had another beautiful day to play this weekend. Although some people were hurting from the previous night, we still were able to stick with Magic for most of the first half. After going down 2-0, we came back with a goal in the second half. Kelly Sanders risked her body by going in for a challenge with the goalie, and the ball popped out to Sara. Lappen was able to put the ball away for our first goal of the season! Unfortunately, the game ended with a score of 4-1. Now, we are looking forward to the showdown with the Reds next weekend!
The white-jerseyed women’s team proved again that they are the most fun-loving team in the league. For 70 minutes, the ladies kept the game interesting by giving their opponents a few dangerous chances and not capitalizing on their own offensive opportunities. And then, Al got another breakaway, this time off a pass from Dufton. Al beat one defender and the goalie, and the Whites were up 1-0. As mentioned, though: this team just loves fun. And, well, it wouldn’t be fun for the Kickers not to score too. So the game ended in a 1-1 tie. To continue the fun, Kelly(y) hosted an end-of-season dinner at her rap-star-fabulous apartment, and the women watched the sun set from a Gramercy roof-top hot tub. No glass allowed.
Central Park Rangers White and NY Magic Reserves faced off at 11am on Sunday April 29th at the East 6th Street field. For a better part of the first half, both teams appeared evenly matched. That balance tipped as the half began to wrap up and the Magic mounted a more threatening offensive attack. The Magic were able to capitalize on this and the score was 1-0 at the half. During the second half, the Magic’s offensive surge continued and they scored twice more in the second half. Before the Magic scored their final goal, CPR White had a nice run to goal and got a solid shot off that bounced right on the line giving their goalie a chance to recover, collect the ball and stop CPR’s chances for a rebound. Similarly, the Magic’s last goal landed right on CPR’s goal line but the CPR was not able to recover and the referee determined the ball was crossed the line. The final score was 4-0 in favor of the NY Magic Reserves.