I want to start out by thanking all of the brave souls who faced the frigid temperatures to come and support us this weekend. Without your support, we wouldn’t be the program we are, so thank you very much.
I apologize if this post comes off sporadic and unorganized – I’m still so excited and proud from yesterday that it’s going to be hard to put the game recaps into words.
On Friday, we had our first home game of the 2011 season versus a very tenacious Oneonta team. Going into the game we knew that they would be feisty and high energy, so we had to be willing to match that. We learned in California that in order for us to be successful, we had to get scrappier and really pressure the ball all over the field. This was something we practiced all week – from pressuring the ball on the ride to collapsing on driving attackers.
We opened the game scoring three quick goals to take an early lead, but Oneonta kept the game close and we went into halftime with a 9-7 advantage.
Going into the second half we had one goal in mind: put the game away. And we did just that.
After Oneonta scored the first goal of the second stanza, we responded in a big way. Nine-straight goals big. We went from having a score of 9-8 to 18-8 in about 16 minutes. Oneonta would go on to score two more goals, but we matched them and came out of the game with a 20-10 victory.
Saturday we had a tougher task, going against Union, the 12th ranked team in the country. What many don’t know is that St. John Fisher has never beaten Union in the program’s history. But, like Friday, we got work done and we made history.
As coach said to us after the game, there are going to be a lot of “firsts” for this team, and Saturday’s victory was an exciting one.
In both of our games this weekend, we never trailed in the game, but Union stayed a lot closer to us than Oneonta. At one point the game was tied at 6-6, but two timely goals by Bridget and Mel gave us an 8-6 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Union came within one goal six different times, but each time we were able to hold the lead. It got down to the wire, with them making the score 14-13 with 23 seconds left, but pressure from our defense was able to cause a big turnover. We were then able to run the clock out and become 2-1 on the season.
Both wins were incredible for our team, and I can’t wait to build on the strides we have made in both games and practice. If we can continue to find and sort out our kinks like we did this weekend, I believe we are a truly unstoppable team.
I’m so proud of this team, and I can’t wait to take on Buffalo State!
Saturday, March 19th vs. Buffalo State.
At Growney Stadium – 1 p.m.