Wood rolls over Little Flower
com There are many teams out there that can suffocate their opposition with defense, but Archbishop Wood does it with its offense.
6DvH WKH fiUVW fivH PLQutes of the match, Wood was dominant in all phases of the game in its 4-1 comprehensive victory over Little Flower. With deft passes and dangerous service into space, the Lady Vikings out-matched their opponents in every aspect of the game.
“We’ve been digging ourselves into holes, but luckily we’ve been able to come back,” Wood coach Bill Cappo said. “We concentrated and came back. We took advantage of opportunities. In the second half we made them play our game. I was happy with the effort.”
Little Flower’s rrsula Coyle scored in the fourth minute, but that was about all the threatening offense Wood saw all game. Wood scored twice after Coyle’s opener in a furious opening 10 minutes. Abby Brown and Carly Hoelsworth, who were arguably the two best players on the pitch, had the goals in the seventh and ninth minute, respectively.
The Lady Vikings carried their momentum through the half. With soft touches and an uncanny ability to pick out teammates on the run, Wood kept the offensive pressure high until it broke through with a third goal. hatherine Hennessey’s free kick just outside of the 18 hit the woodwork and Jackie Pierson fought through the scrum in front of net to beat the goalkeeper.
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“We try to control the midfiHOG DQG wRUN WKH EDOO WR WKH outside,” Cappo said. “We put balls over the top so our forwards can run onto them. lur forwards create opportunities and beat the backs
and that’s how we create goals. If you control the midfiHOG, yRu FRnWrRO WKH JDPH. If you maintain possession, you have the best shot at winning.”
Although it was a good win for the Lady Vikings, there are always things to work on in between games and throughout the season.
“We just need to get better concentration in back and better communication overall, especially in the beginning of games,” Cappo said. “We are a work in progress, if we improve evHry JDPH, ZH’OO EH finH. :H want to peak at the right time.”