BCS XI: 2 D.C. Alliance: 1

The season opener and our first win!

It was a beautiful day, despite the wind. The pitch was in great condition following a rainy Friday that softened things up a bit. We began the match with a strong lineup including a few of our new signings. [Check back to the site for more info on them later.] We began in our traditional 4-4-2 and put early pressure on our young opponents. Two of our new guys started up top and it was Adam getting in behind the defense earning a penalty in the 2nd minute when the keeper shoved him in the back as they both tried to get the ball. Wearing the captain's armband Darren stepped up to the spot and ends up with his head in his hands as his shot is cleared away after having hit the crossbar.

Not to worry, we continued to press the opposition and after some back and forth Ian, in for Owusu, lofted a ball in from the right wing outside the 18-yard box and with the wind floated over the keeper and into the goal. 1-nil. A great way to mark his debut for the team. The goal could not have happened without more brilliant play by Adam up at the top working like a madmen to get the ball and make things happen.

At the half we knew that the wind would now be in their favor but couldn't do much about it and after 15 minutes or so let them get level 1-1. Much like our goal it was a high ball, Dave thought he'd be able to make a simple catch, but it hung in the air and he ended up having to swat at it and it came across the face of the goal and dropped right by one of their strikers. Unfortunately he wasn't marked tightly enough and managed to stab the ball into the net.

During the first half we made a switch in formations and overloaded the midfield, which really helped dictate the run of play. We were playing fluid in the back and sending balls through the middle of the field where Darren and Andrew really controlled things. Despite his broken hand Joe insisted to play, so we gave him some minutes. We wanted to see how things looked with him up top with Adam and Owusu playing out wide on the left wing which he likes as much as playing striker. With all this creativity up top we really started to stretch the defense and saw Joe make some great runs in behind them. Owusu sent a ball into the box from the left flank and Joe latched on and blasted a half-volley into the back of the net to put us back on top 2-1!

We finished out the game with an number of decent chances, including a quick shot from Ye that almost snuck in but was cleared off the line by a defender on the post. We had a lot of similar close chances but unfortunately didn't manage to get a lot of them on target. We sent too many balls over the bar or wide of the post, but at least we were creating chances, which is a big positive, especially for the first game of the season and especially away from home. Everybody played hard and contributed a lot to the game. Though, man of the match goes to Adam Palencia for outstanding play in his debut game. He battled hard all day winning a lot of good balls, creating space and making good runs.

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