The Dublin Eagles faced San Ramon Freedom for the first time. Michaela helped the Eagles by playing defense, midfield, and forward, and even had a shot on goal. Taylor scored her first hat trick of the season and Sylvia added another goal for the Eagles, putting them ahead 4-0. Alyssa had four power shots on goal from outside the 18-yard box, but she could not get one in. To start the second half, Alyssa and Taylor did a wall pass and Alyssa finished with a goal, her first one of the season. Christa and Ava, two strong forces in the defense, each had a chance to play forward and took two shots on goal. Ava broke through their defense and sped down the field. She pounded the ball in the corner of the goal and scored her first goal of the season. Nicole had some great moves, took two shots and assisted three goals. Riya was fearless as stopper and had great through balls to her forwards. She also almost scored when she came up to play striker. In the last five minutes of the game, Hailey dribbled through their defenders and scored her first goal ever. The whistle blew and the Eagles ran over to get Jazz in goal, who did not allow any balls past her. The final score was 7-0 and the Eagles will face Freedom again on their last game.
The Dublin Eagles had a great rematch against Dublin Thorns. The Eagles dominated the first fifteen minutes of the game. Defenders Christa, Mihika, Riya, and Sima kept the Thorns from scoring. Hailey had an awesome bicycle kick to striker Nicole and through balls to her forwards. Sylvia and Taylor each had two shots on goal, but they could not get one in the net. Jazz dove for the ball, but she was not able to stop a shot in the corner of the goal. She had six amazing saves and the first half ended with a score of 0-1. Midfielders Julia, Keira, and Michaela had great connecting passes to their forwards and helped Holly get two shots on goal. Sophia came out to challenge their forward and had an amazing dive save. Sophia dove for the ball again but just barely missed it and there was no one to stop their forward from following up the shot. The game ended with a final score of 0-2 and the Eagles are ready to face Thorns again in Dublin Cup.
The Dublin Eagles played against San Ramon United for the first time. Riya and Sylvia were fearless; they displayed urgency and were great at being first to the ball. Even though Ava, Angie, Christa, and Mihika were strong forces in the defense, United still managed to score two goals. In the second half, midfielders Isabella, Julia, Keira, Michaela, and Nicole improved on their possession and building the play. Center midfielders Alyssa and Holly also did a great job controlling the field and weaving through the United players. However, the Eagles defenders and goalie Sophia could not stop the power shots in the corners of the goal from the United forwards. Taylor, Sylvia, and Alyssa took many shots in the last ten minutes of the game, but they could not get one in the goal. The final score was 4-0, but the Eagles are ready to face United again in a few weeks.
After a hard fought 3-3 tie with United at DSG on Saturday, U14G DASH headed to San Ramon to play Arsenal on Sunday morning. Forward Layla McCary opened the scoring for DASH with a nice shot from just inside the right side of the 18-yard box. In the second half, Madilynn Bryant produced the team’s second goal on a fast break. Arsenal scored late, but DASH ended on top with a 2-1 victory. Everyone contributed to the win, with noteworthy performances by Imoen Bradley and London Abrew in the goalie box, Michelle Hong at midfield, and Hannah Holstrom on defense. The team is now 3-2-1 with its next match on October 14.
We had an exciting match against the White Caps. It was a back and forth first half, with our Sounders putting a lot of pressure on the White Caps' stout defense. Levi and Devin came through and each score a goal. The first half ended with the Sounders leading 2-0.
At the start of the 2nd half, the White Caps started strong and immediately put pressure on our defense. Ryan Jones did a great job at fullback, making clear after clear to fend off the White Caps' attack. They got a goal on a nice individual effort by their forward. The White Caps continued to push hard, and had several shots that just missed. Then, Levi scored his second goal to put us ahead 3-1, and that was the final score. The White Caps played a great game...they're truly a challenging opponent!
The Dublin Eagles faced San Ramon Arsenal Sunday morning. Since it was the first time the two teams had played one another, the Eagles had to adjust to Arsenal's style of play. Arsenal had eleven shots on goalie Jasleen, but she managed to save each one. The powerful long balls and switching the field from midfielders Isabella, Julia, Keira, and Michaela helped the Eagles get a goal from Taylor halfway through the first half and Sylvia in the first five minutes of the second half. Sophia stopped many hard shots from Arsenal, but the defense could not stop the Arsenal forwards and they tied the game up with two goals. Nearing the end of the match, the Eagles had a hand ball in the box off a free kick for Arsenal, allowing them a penalty kick. Sophia stared their player down, but she just barely missed the ball as it sailed into the net, putting Arsenal in the lead. The Eagles fought hard the last five minutes of the game with shots on goal from Alyssa, Angie, and Hailey, but could not get one in, leaving the final score at 2-3. The Eagles are excited for a rematch against Arsenal in a few weeks.
The U12 Boys Timbers have been having a great year that continued to roll this past weekend. Most of the boys have been playing together for several years, a few for 5 years! Saturday's game was against Valencia from San Ramon. It was a good game. Antonio got a hat trick in the game. The game ended 7 to nil, with 4 assists on those 7 goals demonstrating the fantastic passing and willingness to distribute the ball. The second game was Sunday against another San Ramon team, Real Madrid. The boys came out strong with 2 quick goals by Jake Fleming followed by another 2 goals by Jake Nobrega, leading to an eventual hard fought victory. Again, solid passing throughout the game, with fantastic defense from a first year player, Hayato.
U14G DASH bounced back from a loss to the Eagles on Saturday and produced a confident (6-1) victory on Sunday against the San Ramon Freedom. Forward Lisha Dalal delivered a hat-trick of goals, while midfielders Lizzie Derksen put two balls in the net and forward London Abrew added another. Great passing and defense provided the support the team needed to secure its second win. Immediately following the game, coach Angela Holstrom received a complimentary victory shower from the team's five-gallon water cooler. The team is now 2-2-0.
The Dublin Eagles and Dash had a rematch on Saturday. Despite the heat, both teams had great possession and gave a lot of heart. Sima, who usually plays sweeper, had a chance to play striker. Within ten minutes of playing center forward, Sima scored the first goal of the season. Jasleen, who usually plays goalie and defense, also had a chance to play striker. After five minutes, Jasleen scored her first goal of the season and put the Eagles ahead 2-0. The whistle blew for halftime and all of the players jogged off to get out of the heat and under the trees for shade. The Eagles were excited that two of their fellow teammates who usually play defense had a chance to score. After talking about what to work on second half, the Eagles ran back onto the field and were ready to score more. After Dash pulled a couple of the Eagles offside, Riya and Michaela gave Taylor great through balls past the defense and helped her put two more goals up for the Eagles. The final score was 4-0 and the Eagles will face Dash again in Dublin Cup.