The expected outcome of this match-up is usually pretty well understood before the ball is even pushed back, given Rye’s position in the league, but there was some renewed optimism in the team and a few fresh faces. Haikel, in goal, was the notable standout as he shut out a number of challenging shots in his first game for us.
The first half saw us give up the ball in the mid to latter half of the field too often to be of serious threat to the opposition goal. The play was noticeably better in the second half as we focused on creating some options in the mid-field for our 16-yard hit-outs, fell back to a half-court press when defending and worked on our one-twos to move the ball up the field.
Howard was as useful as ever, this time playing up front rather than in goals and he and Dave Ekhert made some forays into their D. We weren’t without our chances and with a little more precision in passing, could have given our opposition a tighter game. We’ll be trying hard at the next meeting!