Rage strong in defeat of Linden
The Rage are 1-1 in their first two games after a defeat by last year’s league leading team.
The Drumheller U16 girls soccer team were up against Linden at home last Tuesday, May 12. Linden proved to be tough competition, despite some tough play by the Drumheller team.
Linden went up by one in the first half a bounce off a Drumheller defender gave Linden a clear shot. The Rage’s goalie came up with a save, but they capitalized on an open net off the rebound.
Drumheller dominated the play for most of the game, but in the second half, with the wind against the team, Linden came up with is second goal. A penalty shot with no time left put Linden up 3-nil.
Coach Gavin Makse said the score may have read 3-0 but the play of the Drumheller team proved they were competing with a like caliber team.
“They (Linden) were the cream of the crop last year, and they think they are again, but I beg to differ,” said Makse. “We had just as many chances as they did, but they got some lucky bounces. We’ll play them again, and we’ll be ready.”
He says Drumheller carried the bulk of the play.
“We have a few things to learn and we’ll go from there,” said Makse.
One of these areas Makse hopes to see improvement is the team attacking the net. He says if the team can be more aggressive, they will improve greatly.
“Our defending is very strong, but our problem is bringing the ball up through the midfield, and getting it to our forwards,” he said. “We are going to address that, I may make a few line-up changes and we’ll go from there.”
This week the Rage is travelling to Cremona to play. This should be a tough match, as Cremona this season has already beaten Linden.