Bellevue 3-0 Juanita
Our victory versus Juanita was comprehensive. This is no disrespect to Juanita, they just caught us on a night when we were brimming with confidence and determination. From the opening whistle, we played beautiful soccer, keeping possession across our backline and midfield and being patient to link with our forward lines in attack. So although it took us almost 5 minutes to launch our first shot on goal, it was 5 minutes in which we enjoyed almost a 90% possession advantage. And as Juanita got tired from chasing the ball, the spaces got bigger, and the shots began to rain down: 28 in all for BHS, to only 3 for Juanita for the game. Comprehensive indeed.
We can cause a lot of problems for opponents with our team speed up front. Once we find our front-line feet with accurate passes, and they have opportunities to turn and attack, we are a very dangerous team. In the 11th minute, it was Jo's turn to blaze by her defender on the left wing and fire on the Juanita goal. The keeper could only parry, and waiting for the rebound was CarlieG, who didn't rush her opportunity and calmly finished the ball into an empty net. Carlie's positioning at the back post during Jo's run down the left wing was perfect...she narrowed her run towards goal in support, staying on-sides and available for either a square ball from Jo, or in this case, a deflection that she easily converted. Being in the right place at the right time isn't luck. It's awareness, discipline and effort. 1-0 Bellevue.
The rhythm of the game remained similar for the next 20 minutes as we maintained possession and peppered the Juanita goalkeeper with shots. The damn broke in the 28th minute when Kiley latched onto a simple, but precise, ball down the right wing from Izzy. Kiley juked her defender, then another, then another, and finally slotted the goalkeeper to score in the lower left side of the goal. 2-0 and we had the insurance goal we needed. It was a pattern that was to be repeated less than two minutes later. Again, Izzy made a simple but well weighted ball down the wing for Kiley, but this time, instead mazy dribbling, Kiley simply beat her defender for speed and hit an unstoppable rocket off the crossbar and into the goal. 3-0 at halftime and the game was in total control.
The second half wasn't quite as polished as the first, but it was close. We rotated the squad, and experimented with players in new positions or in different combinations. And the quality of play remained very high. Every Bellevue player got into he game, and everyone played well. Job done. And some of the most beautiful soccer we have played so far this year.
We are now at the mid-point of our Kingco season. We have played every team. We know our competition, and our destiny is still ours to control. I'm looking forward to the return fixtures with everyone in our conference. It won't be easy, but I have confidence in our team to finish the back-half of our league season significantly stronger than we began. It starts with Sammamish on Thursday.
Everyone. With a special shout out to our head bee-keeper who leads the team in joyful enthusiasm. Our sport is a game, and games are supposed to be fun. Kat makes it fun for everyone.
On Thursday we host Sammamish. Note the earlier 7:00pm home kick-off. I expect our team to bring a similar level of commitment and desire to surpass previous results against each Kingco rival.