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Journal - Day 6

By WebMaster, 07/25/17, 3:45PM PDT

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Premiers are very calm as usual. The Premier Strikers team hope to win as the Junior team is cheering

Tuesday - July 25 2017
by Adrian Hong

Premiers are very calm as usual. The premier Strikers team hope to win as the junior team is cheering them on. They can pull ahead and get into the Super Cup semifinals, a chance that the juniors had earlier today. Today the premiers play a Brazilian team named Osasco.  There is lots of pressure on both teams to get a good result for themselves.

Lots of talking from both teams, a sight which is rarely seen in junior games. Arturo kicks it far and the ball bounces over the defender for Tristan to hit it on a volley and the keeper parries it away.  It is a two way game where both sides are getting chances.  The Brazilian team has a very slow buildup, cautious that they don't lose the ball.  After a cross from the left back, Christian charges in to tip the ball and it somehow gets in but is disallowed.  He walks it off somehow and it seemed for a moment that he had a concussion.

A bouncy cross by the other team reaches the striker and he awkwardly taps it and hits the crossbar and we soon clear it out.  This match contains lots of long balls for both teams.  Both teams are trying to grind the game out.  Halftime ends 0-0 as both teams had their fair share of chances.  For most of the second half it was a deadlock because both teams did not have a chance on goal. Tristan puts in an early cross and it bounces when Christian headers it and somehow misses from close range.

As the game progresses, the referee gradually gives more yellow cards as the players get more and more chippy.  Strikers are turning up the tempo to hopefully overpower Osasco’s defense.  In this game there have been lots of chances but not very good ones.  Osasco gets a free kick and curls it into the top left corner that gets past even our 6'5 keeper.  This makes the game 1-0 and Strikers are currently in a bad situation. Time for strikers to come back. Unfortunately, Osasco’s defense was too strong as Strikers's crosses did not work. Otherwise, strikers played a hard fought game, but they were unlucky in there chances and held Osasco to score a free kick (a chance that could have gone for any team). Although the result is disappointing, the performance was amazing for Strikers.