STARLINGS FALL TO KCS STORM IN FIRST A1 GAME
Mar. 28, 2012
Sunday, March 25 - On a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon, the Starlings traveled out to Lee's Summit to play two. Because of a makeup game, the Starlings were set to open the season against two tough opponents, the KC Select Storm and the KC Select Attack. The Starlings had several opportunities early to make it a game with the Storm, but the home team kept the Starlings at bay and pulled away for a 6-0 win.
The Storm opened the scoring in the opening minute of the game with a quick goal on a shot from distance. However, the Starlings did not let the fast start from the Storm discourage them, as their offense controlled the ball and had numerous opportunities to score. Mia A, Kintzli, and Brianna all had great runs up the field and had several shots on goal, but they just could not get one to go in. At halftime, the Starlings actually had more shots on goal than the Storm, but they trailed on the scoreboard 3-0.
In the second half, the Storm began to take control of the game and applied a ton of pressure on the Starling defense. Madison, in her first ever game as a goalkeeper, had some very nice saves and great punts down field. Natalie J, in her first outdoor game as a Starling defender, played solid defense and limited the Storm from getting shots off.
In the end, the Starlings were unable to get any momentum offensively, which put way too much pressure on the back end. The Starlings also seemed to wear down in the unseasonable heat, as they ultimately fell by a score of 6-0. Coach Mike knew this would be a difficult season, as the Starlings were forced to move up to A1 without some of last season's firepower (and with several new faces). But in the long run, the challenge will make the Starlings better, and Coach Mike looks for improvement from the team as the season goes along.
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