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Journal - Day 7

By WebMaster, 07/26/17, 3:00PM PDT

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It's a redemption game for the junior team. After yesterday's poor performance, everybody is determined to bring their A game

Wednesday, July 27 2017
by Adrian Hong

It's a redemption game for the junior team. After yesterday's poor performance, everybody is determined to bring their A game, something that should have happened yesterday. We face off against Co. Antrim, a club who's premier team won the Supercup two years ago. Today is also a day where we are fighting for our pride that was tarnished after yesterday's loss.

Right when we get outside it immediately starts raining really hard.  This indicates that the ball will skip quickly, rather than its sticky texture in the sun.   Like all the teams we have had in the tournament, this team seems to be the best at the direct play style Ireland  has to offer.  Antrim start the game with the striker having a glancing header that just misses the goal. The other team possess very well, and dominate us with it.  This team plays similar to us with little aspects of direct European football.  The first half ends 0-0.  A good half as we hope to push past Antrim with a much needed goal Isaac stumbles and deflects a clear and it almost bounces in the net.  Antrim have a chance on goal and Nate saves it with his body. Antrim are pelting our goal with shots and Nate keeps on diving to save them.  12 scores a header from a cross that goes over all of our defenders. 12 scores another one as our keeper overcommits and he heads it over the keeper.  The score is now 2-0 Antrim.  Strikers are getting countered as we even more.  Shawn dribbles two and just hits it wide with his left.  Andre hits the post from a cross, which shows how unlucky we have been this game.

This game was also a letdown because aerial crosses cost us the game. We were in the game for the most part and the score did not reflect that. What led to our downfall was not adapting to the European style of soccer.  
Although this really sucks for the players, it is better for us to learn from our experience now rather than later.