Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fit for the Fight

I apologize for not writing in so long. Things here have been going pretty well. We have played two away games the past two weeks and came away with 3 points in both games.  We are currently leading the series and are in a good position with 4 games left.

This past weekend we got up early and hopped on the train. Our game was in Lahti which is fairly close to Helsinki. The train ride was a little over 4 hours and we had 3 different trains to catch. We made it to the game in good time and the weather seemed to be clearing up a bit. It has been raining quite a bit. The field was in terrible condition but we didn’t let that effect us. We went up 1-0 about 5 minutes into the game. Linda noticed the keeper was off her line and had some space; she let one rip from about 40 yds out that found the back of the net. We possessed the ball well and had some quality chances throughout the first half but we were unable to capitalize.
In the second half the opposition was starting to build some momentum but we limited their attempts on goal. With 20 minutes remaining in the game they were able to execute. The ball slipped by the defender and the forward broke through 1v1. I was unable to save it and the game was tied. With 3 minutes remaining in the game our coach told Heddi to calm down that he would be satisfied with 1 point, she turned around and yelled no way were getting the 3 points!! Seconds after that she received the ball and lofted in a cross that hit the far post and into the net. We played out the last minute or so and finished the game 2-1. It was an exciting game that showed our confidence and will to win. After giving up a crap goal we were able to come back and win the game.
We have grown tremendously as a team and we are taking it one day at a time. We have a goal in mind and it is up to us to obtain it. Saturday we play FC sport at home. We know it will be a challenging game but we are fit for the fight!
As far as other things that have been going on in Kokkola… My little bro Elis won the 60m in a track meet with the elementary schools today! GO ELIS!! I experienced my first parking ticket. If they are going to fine me, I will need the sign in English next time! We have a new American here playing with the other ladies team in town. Americans are taking over Kokkola! We had a great week with Kerstin’s parents who provided us with a lot of laughs and some funny memories. We only have a short time left in Finland so check back soon to see what else is going on!

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