05/31/14 – Harps v McKeon’s (3-0)

Harps faced a short sided McKeon’s with a late start on a sunny, windy morning in the Bronx. Harps started out shaky against the wind giving away possession on some sloppy passing. After settling down, Harps turned up the pressure with precision plays and Maria Martinez fed a pass to Aoife West who expertly finished for the first goal of the match. Penetrating runs up the flank by Vanessa Greene paid off just minutes later as she sent in a cross to West waiting hungrily for her second strike of the half. Despite the number disadvantage, McKeon’s kept up the good fight forcing Harps midfielders West, Greene and Suzy Malone to track back on defense. West in particular made some key defensive tackles. The half ended with Harps up 2 goals to none.

McKeon’s was just one player down in the second half, and while unable to pose a serious threat to the Harps’ goal, defended very well. Harps were not shy about shooting at goal, especially with the wind advantage, but McKeon’s Erin Dahms made some great saves stepping in from sweeper to keeper. Although McKeon’s demonstrated some great passing and were able to bring the ball close to Harps’ goal a few times but were unsuccessful getting past the strong Harps’ defense. Greene collected the ball in the midfield late in the game and taking the advice of defender Teresa Brink to shoot from about 25 yards out, sent a driving ball through a crowd of defenders to beat the goalie for the third and final goal of the match.

Best for Harps: Aoife West, Vanessa Greene