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BCS XI: 2 Ballers FC: 1

The rain subsided overnight and gave way to a beautiful morning. The air was a bit thick, but the field was in perfect condition [it's strange to enjoy playing on artificial turf so much]. The team arrived early and we were able to get a good warm-up and stretch done together, then proceeded to practice our touches with some keep-away and some shots on goal to help warm Sam up. This allowed us to get our head in the game early and start on a note of high intensity.

About a minute into the game the ball came out wide right, and with a little 1-2 passing from Logan and Erhan a cross was then sent in to the forwards crashing the box; Emre took the ball beautifully on his chest, controlled and curled a half volley right past the keeper and into the net! The Ballers were stunned and we couldn't have been more pleased. They still had some of their team trickling in and it was clear that we were much better prepared for the game, with our heads in it.

As the half wore on their quality became evident and we receeded into our old ways a bit. They created a few chances, including about 6 corner kicks right in a row, that we finally managed to sort out. Despite feeling a lot of pressure we managed to go into the half up 1-nil.

The 2nd half began with both teams playing hard, but about 5-10 minutes in there was a break down in communication and positioning from the right side to center and they managed to slice through on attack and pop one in over Sam. It was an unfortunate breakdown and a testament to their quality that they could capitalize so quickly on the error.

Luckily, less than a minute later Stephen H. brought the ball up through the center and veering a little wide right he managed to send in a beautiful ball that he claims was a cross, though we saw the twinkle in his eye, it caught the keeper in no man's land and unable to get a hand on the floating ball that dropped into the back of the net.

The goal completely deflated the Ballers team, and with the wind stolen from their sails they didn't have enough bite to get back on level terms. They did their best to try though, and we definitely played more of the 2nd half on our side of the field. Nevertheless, we managed to stay compact, organized and put pressure on the ball.

This was by no means the prettiest soccer we are capable of playing, but we fought hard and did play well. And most importantly did so as a team. We ran together and looked out for each other. We knew the game could turn at any moment and that fear kept up our intensity. We showed a lot of heart and it was a great team victory. The hour drive back to the city was much more bearable with grins on our faces from a confidence boosting victory over the 2nd best team.

Great job today BCS XI our hard work and dedication this past couple of weeks has paid off, let's keep it going.




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