Wednesday, March 21, 2012

"If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself"

Currently I am sitting in the Helsinki airport, waiting for my next connection on my trip back to the USA! I am returning home for about 3 weeks to prepare for Max and Ebba’s visit to my house. J They will come and stay with us for a week and half before I fly back to Finland for the season. They are only coming for a short time so we have a lot to do and! I am excited to get back home and enjoy the summer weather they have been lucky enough to have already.

This past weekend we took a trip to Turku to play two games. Saturday we played against TPS, a team in the Naistenliiga.  After about a 6 hour drive and many bathroom breaks we arrived to the field. The field was in awful condition.  Although it was turf there were huge puddles down both sidelines. I think we showed up with a good mentality and everyone was ready to play and win despite the divisional difference. It was a good test to the team as we pared up well against them.  The final score was 0-0. Both teams demonstrated good play throughout and both had a few good chances. Their best chance was in the first half on a penalty kick; I dove to the correct side and made the save. Our best chance came towards the end of the match when Maya broke through on a breakaway; the keeper came out and was able to parry the ball away. It was good to see some of the younger players getting stuck into tackles and the confidence the team showed.
After the game we went back to our hotel, had dinner and tried to get to sleep at a reasonable hour. On Sunday we woke up, ate breakfast and headed off to our next game. We were playing against FC Rauma who are also in our division. The field was really nice and the sun was shining. The game started off pretty slow and you could tell fatigue had set in. Although we played a bit slow we were the better team. We held control of the ball almost the entire game and created many chances. The game ended 4-1. It was a good weekend overall and we were able to see where we are at and what we need to continue working on before the season kicks off.

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