Harps scrambled together enough players to match Tigers’ 10 players just before kick off on a warm fall morning. Harps dominated possession in the first half applying constant pressure on Tigers defense, but were unable to put any threats on net. Tigers defense, led by Keeper Jen Trowbridge and Sweeper Diane Sit, kept the Harp’s attacks at bay allowing midfielder Kianoosh Hashemzadeh to press the Harps defense. Harps’ defense did well to block any efforts by Tigers, despite the arrival of Sawako Fukuchi giving them a player advantage and sparing Harps’ stand-in keeper Sharee Goodson from having to perform any heroics. The half ended scoreless.
Harps’ Alexis Lilly stepped between the posts for Harps in the second half. Solid holding and attacking efforts by Suzy Malone, Aoife West and Joelle Gozlan kept Harps in control in the second half. But it was Harps’ center half Erin Cullen who stepped up to send in a perfectly placed corner kick that led to a melee in the six yard box with Gozlan creating pressure that resulted in the only goal of the game. Despite strong offensive attacks, including impressive shots from newcomers Laura Kaplan and Genevieve Knabel, Tigers were unable to even the score. Running on fumes, Harps were able to hold off Tigers’ attacks to walk away with the 3 points.
Best for Harps: Erin Cullen & Suzy Malone with special mentions to Sharee Goodson and Alexis Lilly for volunteering their skills in goal.
Best for Tigers: Goalkeeper Jen Trowbridge, with strong showings by newcomers Genevieve Knabel and Laura Kaplan.