Sunday, May 20, 2012

"Winning isn't everything, but wanting it is."

Yesterday we had a home game against a rival team F.C United. They played last year in the Naistenliiga but were relegated this year to Division 1. GBK has had a hard time lining up against them in the past. We dominated the game and won 5-0. Brooke opened the scoring in the 15th minute or so with a very nice volley that dipped under the crossbar. Within 10 minutes we were leading 3-0 off goals from Maya and another from Brooke. United held their defensive line very low and we controlled the ball for most of the game. I think we could have done a better job penetrating the defense and moving the ball faster. While we have been off to a great start there are still things we can and need to work on if we want to reach our goal of finishing first. It is important we got another 3 points and the shut out, and now we need to focus on our cup game on Thursday.

Brookie B's first goal

Thursday we are playing in the fourth round of the Finnish cup. This will be a good test for the team as we are playing the league team Ilves. I think if we show up with confidence and play to our ability we will win the game. The game is going to be a lot tougher then our past game so hopefully everyone is focused for our next few days of training.
Other stuff going on in Kokkola: We recently learned a shortcut to the other side of town… the train conductor told us we can cross the tracks as long as we look right and left first! Elis has started the school football tournament and they made it through to the next round. They get to miss school again this Tuesday to continue the tournament. He is so excited to play for the school and we have fun cheering them on. Monica and I have gone out on the lake in row boats. Thankfully we were in different boats as she stood up and tipped the boat enough for water to fill the entire thing! She ended up jumping ship and was swimming in 40 degree water in all of her clothes. Luckily everyone made it out safe and it was just a good laugh. The weather is starting to get a little nicer and hopefully in the next few weeks we will be able to have our first beach day! Its getting pretty depressing being this pale.
Check back next week for updates on our upcoming games!

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