BCS XI: 1 The Druids: 3

Last week, despite the 3-1 score line we felt positive about our effort and hoped to duplicate that intensity and quality in this game; what we viewed as the biggest game of the season so far. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.

We began the match well and it was pretty even; both teams going back and forth. Though in the latter part of the 1st half we made some mistakes and let in a goal. There was a fair amount of physical play going on and the referee was doing a good job of keeping things in check. After the goal things got a bit more chippy and the ref wisely stepped in and gave a deserved red card for violent conduct after one of the Druids tried to head butt Adam. This sent us into half time with a man advantage.

Because of some field reservation confusion we switched fields at the half, which only added to the confusion of a somewhat bizarre game. The second half became a bit more open in some ways and both teams were able to keep possession for a stretch. With a man down they played more compact and essentially had all 10 behind the ball in their own half. We finally managed to break them down and got Joe behind them from a through-ball.

The equalizer made it seem like things might be truly shifting in our favor and we carried the momentum to where Andy Vesper got taken down inside the box after cruising down the right flank to collect a long pass. The writing was on the wall, and we didn’t get the call [Andy later mentioned that the Ref claimed to play advantage… I’m pretty sure a penalty kick would have been a better advantage!!!]

A few minutes after our goal they managed a quick counter attack down the left side and got something from nothing, putting us back down 2-1. Our frustration compounded about 8 minutes from full time when we failed to make a tackle or get a foot on the ball amid a cluster of confusion and an off target shot deflected off of one of our own past Dave, who couldn’t have done anything to stop it.

Our first real loss of the season, and it was a bitter pill to swallow. They were the better team on the day, and despite the man advantage [who knows, maybe because of it] couldn’t ever get our act fully together and play like we know we can, even like we did the week before. Matters got worse with a number of injuries, including Joe straining his hip flexor during another through-pass breakaway, which put him out for the rest of the Spring.

Next week we’ll be back at home where we like to play, and will hopefully be able to turn things around.

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