If yesterday game was a mere encapsulation of grit, determination and composure, today’s game proved to have one of those ingredients missing. Composure. The team was on edge whether it stemmed from their continual attack or just a fear of making mistakes. We just simply could not pull it together. We dominated the play in their end for sure, however we could not hold possession of the ball long enough to move it towards the net.
By the 25 minute mark we were down 1-0, on a miscommunication in the defensive midfield and a quick chip into the top corner. While we had missed several golden chances of our own prior to this point, the quick goal by Team Alberta had stung and aided to further loss of composure. We battled hard and took being a goal down to the dressing room at half time, trying hard to refocus and bring out a better game, which we knew we had in us.
The second half started better. A few passes strung together, a renewed spirit, and some well fought individual battles won. As our confidence grew, Sue Hartford brought down a midfield ball, in the offensive end, and sprung Andrea Klipp free on the left wing, where she launched her patented left foot laser far post corner. Tied 1-1 at the 55 minute mark.
The Supra continued to press and had some more excellent scoring opportunities but simply could not finish the job. As our domination of the game grew with each second passed, and as each of our players dug deep for more gasoline in the tank, we were unable to find another point despite placing a third forward up front.
All in all a great effort but it was not our best game by any stretch. I suppose we are saving that one for Team Ontario tomorrow, where if we somehow are able to beat them, we will take home the National Championship!