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BCC Varsity vs Sherwood writeup

Posted Monday, April 19, 2010 by Calvin Cobb

Lady Barons Fall to Sherwood, 10-7

 

On a lovely spring April 17th afternoon at home, the Lady Barons played well as a team – well enough to win -- but were thwarted by the proverbial hot goaltender, badly outshooting but not outscoring the Sherwood Warriors, who prevailed 10-7.

 

With star midfielder Melissa Jaskiewicz on the sideline with a bad ankle, the Barons played the Warriors even in the opening minutes, the difference being the Barons could not convert their open shots.  The Warriors jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but by then Warrior all-Met goaltender, junior captain KC Emerson, had four saves from in close. Maggie Mitchell (6 goals) finally broke through to make it 2-1, but Sherwood expanded the lead to 4-1 before Mitchell broke through again, converting a pass from Sunny Cobb.  The pattern repeated itself and the Warriors made it 6-2 before the Barons scored again.  With 20 seconds left in the half, Mitchell made it 6-4 on a pass from Caitlyn McCarty and it looked like the Barons had worked their way back into the game.  But the Warrriors took advantage of an uncharacteristic defensive lapse, with a single player going straight to the goal and scoring as time expired in the half to increase the cushion to 7-4.

 

The Barons played better in the second half, patiently working the ball on offense, maintaining pressure in the Warrior’s defensive end.  The Warriors took a number of fouls inside the circle, but the Barons had a great deal of difficulty converting on penalty shots.  Still, the Barons kept in contact on the scoreboard, pulling to 8-6 before finally falling 10-7.

 

Overall this game was a step forward, the offense was frustrated by an excellent goaltender but generated more than enough quality scoring chances to win the game.  The offensive players moved well without the ball, largely avoided late passes into traffic, and found open players in front (as when Maggie Mitchell found a cutting Amy Miller in front for the seventh goal).  Defensively, Sherwood has some very good offensive players, but Kinsey Hoffman and Danielle Harkaway were equal to the task of blocking the opposing star’s path to the goal.  Elizabeth Ward had a particularly good game, using her speed to jump into the play to support when needed and regaining possession by getting numerous ground balls.    And, again, as a team the Barons did a very good job re-defending after the Sherwood goalie made a save, hustling back into position and generating a number of turnovers. 

 

To move forward the Barons are going to have convert on their scoring chances and tighten up even more or their team defense and decisionmaking with the ball.  Having addressed their bigger weaknesses, it is time to take care of the little things.  But if they continue improving at the same rate there is reason to be optimistic that the Barons may just surprise some people late in the season.

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