Soccer - MS Blue
vs. Friends School
|Date:||October 29, 2018|
Deadlock. Tie. Draw. St. Paul’s Blue soccer played Friends on their home field yesterday and walked away with a one to one tie. The conditions for the game were less than ideal. Fierce winds and dark skies plagued the field as the teams battled it out. Blue soccer remained indifferent and put in 60 minutes of solid soccer.
The game was scrappy and both teams struggled to find room to play on a field that was only fifty yards wide. That being said, St. Paul’s did manage to set up some combination plays that lent credence to soccer’s epithet, “the beautiful game”.
The first half was scoreless, but was certainly not wanting for excitement. Michael Brady held down the defense, tirelessly hunting down balls played over the top and quelling any would be threats. Iain Kennedy locked down the right side of the defense and shut down the Friend’s wingers with aplomb. St. Paul’s entered halftime hungry for a goal.
The second half brought more excitement as St. Paul’s began to find their stride and string passes together in the final third. The St. Paul’s goal came after a brilliant combination play down the right side kicked off by Iain Kennedy at right back and involving Tyler Tucker and Ryan Nelson. Matthew Sola was the final piece to the puzzle as he was brutally fouled in the opposing eighteen, drawing a penalty for St. Paul’s. Tyler Tucker stepped up to take the PK. He struck the ball clean, low, and hard into the lower left hand corner of the net putting St. Paul’s on the board. The keeper didn’t even move, such was the ferocity of the shot. Despite solid defense by St. Paul’s, Friends did manage to break through later on in the half and tuck one away to even the scoring. Blue soccer picked their heads up and attacked until the final whistle blew but alas, failed to take the lead again.
Several other St. Paul’s players deserve mention. Aiden Gould played a solid game in net and made some key clearances throughout the game. Trey Wilhelmsen ran the wings well and created several chances over the course of the game. Finally, Dessian Oula showed a stroke of brilliance late in the second half as St. Paul’s was attempting to take the lead again. He received the ball at the top of the opposing eighteen with a defender on his back. Dessian coolly flicked the ball up with one foot and played it over the back of his head with a quick second touch, displaying a level of creativity rarely seen at this level.
St. Paul’s now holds a 3-4-3 record and will play at McDonogh today at 3:45.