Wood rolls over Lit­tle Flower

Public Spirit - - OPINION - By Nick Iuele

ni­uele@mont­gomerynews.

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.

-uVW D PLQuWH ODWHU, WKH fi­nal minute of the half, Jes­sica Scarpello took a pass from Brown at the cor­ner of the 18 and blasted it into the op­po­site cor­ner of the net, one of the more clin­iFDO fiQLVKHV yRu wLOO VHH. De­spite go­ing down early, Wood held its com­po­sure and went into half­time with a 4-1 lead, which is all they would need af­ter a sec­ond half of hold­ing Lit­tle Flower at bay and se­cur­ing a vic­tory.

7KH :RRG PLG­fiHOG LV some­thing to fear. The Lady Vik­ings are now 6-0 in the league and 9-1-1 over­all, the pass­ing and scor­ing abil­ity of the team be­ing a main rea­son why.

“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.”

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