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BCC Varsity vs. Churchill write-up

Posted Wednesday, March 24, 2010 by Calvin Cobb
Lady Barons Drop Season Opener At Churchill, 22-9
 
            On a cold, rainy March 23rd evening at Churchill, the Lady Barons fell behind early, came back quickly, and then allowed the Bulldogs to pull away, and keep pulling away until the final score stood at 22-9. 
 
            Churchill dominated possession early and jumped to a 2-0 lead before the Barons crossed midfield, but the Baron defenders lead by Danielle Harkaway, Kinsey Hoffman, Emily Altman and Elizabeth Ward toughed up, took the ball away and passed up to Sunny Cobb, who drove to the net, drew the slide and fed Maggie Mitchell for the score. Five seconds later Cobb drove up the middle and scored to tie it up at 2 with 3 minutes gone in the first half.
 
            Unfortunately, this was the Baron’s high water mark. The cold and the rain and the soggy field seemed to get the best of the Barons, who seemed to be fast and athletic and motivated, but unable to execute. It’s early in the season and there has been little opportunity to practice full field, but as a group the Barons made unforced errant passes, failed to pick up ground balls, and dropped passes. Churchill used its experience and team speed to turn up the pressure and the Barons’ poor execution snowballed, despite the efforts of first year coaches Katie Johnson and Christi Bird to settle the team down, and despite impressive individual efforts by juniors Melissa Jaskiewicz (3 goals), Caitlyn McCarty, Stephanie Mertens, and Danielle Harkaway (team leading 5 ground balls).
 
            The good news is that the types of errors being made by the Barons can be corrected. Ground balls can be picked up consistently. Good passes can be made and caught. Better decisions can be made with the ball and on team defense. The Barons played better near the end of the game.  Despite the weather and Bulldog pressure there were flashes of great play to build on -- Melissa Jaskiewicz was a star throughout and the Barons attack generated some nice two-assist goals near the end of the game – Cobb to Keeling to Mitchell; Hoffman to Jaskiewicz to Mitchell. What with a strong junior class and senior leadership from captains Rachel Keeling, Kinsey Hoffman, and Sunny Cobb (2 goals), returning high scorer Maggie Mitchell (4 goals), returning starter Laura O’Brien, Josie Silva-Lopes, Marilyn Hucek, and newcomer goaltender Gwynedd Arbury (10 saves), there is every reason to believe the team will be able to pull together, get the kinks out, and turn itself around very quickly.  

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