The final match took place on the turf stadium, testing the fitness of both Harps and Docs. This didn’t help the Harps, as again they were barely able to field a full team and call up Tanya Casimiro who was still nursing a knee injury. The sides were pretty evenly matched, however an unfortunate deflection off the foot of Erin Cullen ended up in the back of her own net giving Docs the only goal of the game. Harps defense staved off all other attacks, however their stricking forces were few and far between, barely testing Docs’ keeper. Harps seemed to lose their heart in the end, and along with that, their ability to score goals. Final score 1-0 to Docs, who clinched 3rd place of the 2011 cup competition.
Harps v Docs 2, 0-0
It was another lovely sunny day for a match when Harps faced Docs 2. Docs started short sided, but Harps were unable to capitalize early on. The full sided Docs were strong in attacking, but Harps were able to fend them off and counter pressure on their defense. Haphazard field conditions, namely the long grass, made for slow and often clumsy movement and passing from both sides. The first half saw no real threats on goal. Similarly, the second half produced little need for heroic saves by either goal keeper until the last few seconds of the match (as noted by the referee counting them down), when Ashley Bonnett drove one on one towards goal, only to be denied by the oncoming keeper.
While Harps turned up the pressure and maintained better possession in the second half, they left short on rewards as the game ended in a disappointingly goalless draw. 0-0
Best for Harps: Defense (Teresa Brink, Jennifer Terranova, Mette Lethan, Anastasia Hagen & Ashley Bonnett).
Docs 2 forfeits to Velocity.
Docs 2 v Bronx Ale, 1-4
Bronx Ale House remains undefeated after downing Docs 2, 4-1 for the second played match of the season. The balmy weather mixed with the physical nature and fast pace made it an exiting match for all. The Ale House’s first goal of the match was netted by Jeanine Rynne. The ball skipped through the 6-yard box off a corner kick from Irene Morales, tallying her first assist. Jeanine’s second goal of the season gave the Ale House an early gain over Docs, 1-0. The second goal of the match was scored when Bronx Ale’s Jessie Garcia played a close range pass to Tina Cressent inside the 6, who finessed the ball just out of the keeper’s reach. Tina’s second goal of the season carried the Ale House into the half time break with a 2-0 lead.
Docs 2 came out strong in the second half generating their attack through the center of the field. Their persistence finally paid off when they scored, lessening the Ale House’s lead 2-1. Bronx Ale was quick to respond when Irene Morales received a ball from the left side of the field, dribbled centrally and then struck a hard shot from the top of the 18 passed the keeper. Bronx Ale regained control of the game with the score at 3-1. The Ale House’s fourth and final goal of the match was scored shortly after when Jessie Garcia was last to touch a ball that fumbled through Doc’s defense and bounced in behind the keeper. Docs’ keeper made multiple impressive saves limiting the Ale House’s offensive attack throughout the match.
Bronx Ale improves to 2-0 on the season and returns to action on April 30th when they take on the Tigers at 11:00am in Van Cortlandt Park. Docs 2 drop to 0-2.
First Goal: Jeanine Rynne, Second Goal: Tina Cressent, Third Goal: Irene Morales, Fourth Goal: Jessie Garcia
Harps v Docs 2, 2-1
After a rain delay in the first week of league play, a beautiful, sunny spring day showcased today’s matches in the Bronx. The Harps struggled to field a team for the kick off against Docs 2. Once at full force, Harps put the pressure on Docs and it was Ruth Moskowitz who got at the end of an Erin Cullen throw-in when she was fouled in the box for a PK. Aoife West (who true to form, turned up after kick-off whistle), stepped up to easily converting it to a 1-0 lead. Harps kept Docs’ goalkeeper busy in the first half, but a lapse in their defense produced a well struck shot by Docs forcing Harps keeper, Marissa Bea, to make a save of a lifetime fully stretching out to the opposite corner of the goal keeping Harps in the lead.
Docs came out strong in the second half, and Harps looked a bit lost, getting beaten to the ball more often than not. On a break, Docs strung together a few precision passes resulting, deservedly with in the ball in the back of the net for a 1-1 scoreline. Harps turned up the heat, and started to look more threatening up top. A few attempts by Maria Martinez, Sandra Carolan and West went unrewarded. Then it was West who took matters into her own hands, and knocked in a beautiful winner from the edge of the box giving the Harps a 2-1 win.
Best for Harps: Aoife West, Erin Cullen, Maria Martinez