Parlour FC and Tigers took to the field for the 2014 Shield Final. While the sun brought some relief from the cold temperatures, the field was more like an ice skating rink for the initial part of the first half, upending players on both squads. The game would prove to be a tale of two halves.
The majority of PFC’s lineup was notably from the more “mature” side of their roster. Jane Kenney coached the squad after being sidelined with an injury a few weeks earlier. As the first half progressed, PFC started to get a good rhythm going and began to put some serious offensive pressure on the ball. Their hard work was rewarded when Liz Eles blasted a corner kick that magnificently curved into the goal thanks to both its power and the wind. Eles and Dinsiri Fikru worked tirelessly in the middle of the field, winning possession and distributing the ball artfully. Tigers’ keeper made some great saves but also injured her knee during one of the many scrums in front of the net. Thankfully she was able to continue. With just a few moments to the halftime whistle, Eles took a shot from distance that found the back of the net. The half ended with PFC up 2-0.
Tigers showed no let up in the second half. They seemed determined to do some damage of their own. And midway through the half they did just that and got themselves on the board with a nice goal by Kara Coughlin. Tigers nearly tied things up with a blast that keeper Susan Kistler skillfully saved. Still, they kept coming but Kistler, sweeper, Lucille Charles, outside defenders Maggie Bradley and Karen Lindsay as well as the never quitting Eles and Fikru held strong and made some great stops and plays. PFC was happy to have Joan Madden back on the pitch. However, even with Madden’s deft ball skills, she and the rest of the offense, Miss Gregory, Robin Grunder, Genevieve Aidala, and Erin Mendez were unable to convert some really close chances. When the final whistle sounded, PFC blew a collective sigh of relief and metaphorically raised the 2014 Shield.
Best for PFC: Susan Kistler, Liz Eles and Dinsiri Fikru.
NYC United forfeited to Parlour FC.
On a cold but sunny morning, PFC took on Phoenix. PFC started a goal up due to a late start. Phoenix had 8 players to PFC’s 10. (I think they had 8 it might have been 7) The first half saw a fast start from Phoenix before PFC settled in and started to string some passes together and build up its offensive attack. Although PFC had many chances, the Phoenix keeper played well and denied PFC from adding to the score. It was PFC who started quickly in the second half when a well timed blast from sweeper Jodi Andrews found Fatou Dibba onside. Dibba ran on to the ball and tapped it around the oncoming keeper. Later in the half, PFC was awarded a free kick. Pearl Odu took a hard shot that the keeper punched out. Odu was able to get the rebound, dribble to the end line and slot a pass toward the front of the goal that Liz Eles knocked in. PFC had a close call after a corner kick by Eles was perfectly headed by Odu but the Phoenix keeper made a goal line save. Phoenix played well the entire game despite being shortsided. PFC’s keeper, Susan Kistler, kept a clean sheet for the match. Best for PFC Pearl Odu and Fatou Dibba.
An Beal Bocht beat Parlour 7-0 with goals by:
Sarah McBride – 3 goals in first half
Aine O’dwyer – 2 goals, one in each half
Chanelle Ranglin – 2 goals, one in each half
Harps faced a short sided Parlour FC squad on a lovely sunny morning after a two week break. With the numbers in their favor, Harps dominated possession and strung together some lovely attacking passing and solid midfield play by Jessica Bacon. Aoife West sent in a lovely ball from a corner which found the head of Joelle Gozlan for a clinical finish putting Harps ahead. PFC was able to hold off any more scoring with strong play from keeper, Susan Kistler and sweeper Jodi Andrews and were eventually at full strength. PFC’s Pearl Odu wreaked havoc beating several players, but Harps’ defense remained impenetrable ending the half in the lead.
The second half produced a more even attacking Harps and PFC. Odu drew a foul about 20 yards out and stepped up to place a spectacular free kick just under the crossbar and out of the reach of keeper Megan Hare for the equalizer. Newcomer Beth Hemminger displayed some clever runs and crosses from the flank to pressure PFC, but Harps were unable to finish. Harps made one final attacking effort in front of PFC’s net for the winner with a second dramatic diving header by Gozlan which just went wide. Both teams each walked away with a well deserved point.
Best for Harps: Jessica Bacon, Beth Hemminger
Best for PFC: Susan Kistler
Parlour FC met McKeon’s on a warm September morning. PFC was without several of their regular players but welcomed three new players: Kimie Kobayashi, Genevieve Aidala, and Erin Mendez. McKeon’s Justine Clifford was in the middle in front of the goal but surrounded by PFC’s defenders and saw a great opportunity to head the ball to Melissa Ryerson on the left who was able to slot the ball in the corner pocket. McKeon’s kept up the pressure but PFC keeper Susan Kistler made multiple tough saves. PFC had their own chances on offense but were unable to finish. McKeon’s demonstrated great team work and passing that resulted in Kelly O’Neill heading it to Meg Baggott who dribbled and passed it to Ryerson for the second goal of the game.
In the second half, Fallon Martin ran up from the left defense, got the ball around a PFC midfielder and successfully crossed it to Laura Rizzo across the field where she scored with a lucky yet beautiful lefty! But PFC did not quit and midfielders, Liz Eles and Jane Kenney, worked extremely hard on both sides of the field. Kistler and the entire PFC defense did well the whole game. McKeon’s were very hungry for the win and defended the shutout while forwards and midfielders didn’t stop attacking & shooting but were denied by Kistler of further scoring, while McKeon’s defense communicated and covered the field really well.
Best for PFC: Susan Kistler
Best for McK: It was a great team effort by everyone the day!
Parlour FC started strong against a slightly disorganized Tigers. Less than 10 minutes into the game, Liz Eles collected the ball at midfield and passed to Pearl Odu who, with precise placement, slotted the ball around the keeper into the net. Later in the half, returning player, Julia Bradley-Cook, moved the ball up the field around multiple Tigers, finding Robin Grunder in front of the goal. Grunder sent the ball to Dinsiri Fikru who deftly scored PFC’s second goal. Tigers regrouped and applied much more defensive pressure, evening out the tempo. But PFC was clicking on all cylinders resulting in Eles blasting a corner kick that Bradley-Cook dummied at the top of the box allowing Odu to collect her second goal and giving PFC a 3-0 lead at the half.
With the wind advantage, Tigers had stronger offense in the second half led by Kara Coughlin, Kianoosh Hashemzadeh and newcomer Sam Jiyung Roh. Still, PFC kept up the pressure and Eles struck the ball with tremendous force into the box which was redirected into the goal by a Tigers’ defender who was making a strong attempt to clear the ball. PFC scored one more when Odu, just over the midfield line, launched the ball into the upper 90 to complete her hat trick. Tigers made several attempts on goal but were unable to find the net, but PFC kept them off the board while demonstrating crisp passing and field position throughout the game. Final score 5-0.
Best for PFC: Pearl Odu and Julia Bradley-Cook.
Parlour FC won 1-0 after a forfeit by NYC United.
Parlour FC and Bronx Ale faced of starting short sided, but Bronx Ale ended up with a full team against PFC’s ten. Both teams played well, defenses were organized and Bronx Ale demonstrated a bit of good passing throughout. Cori Witkiewicz came close to scoring minutes into the game but her shot was blocked by the post and PFC was able to clear the ball out of the box. Bronx Ale continued to press but couldn’t convert their chances. PFC was able to get on the board near the end of the first half when Marjorie Gateau delivered the ball from the defensive third to the midfield to Jane Kenney who made a beautiful cross that Liz Eles struck into the goal.
The second half saw Bronx Ale House turn up the pressure and after multiple near misses, Witkiewicz was finally rewarded a goal early in the second half. PFC’s goalie Susan Kistler continued to make some great saves to keep the game level. Bronx Ale then took the lead when Stephanie Nava scored off a scramble in the box to up the score 2-1. PFC had a few chances for an equalizer but and Bronx Ale’s Jeannie Heinsohn was able to make some saves to hold onto the lead, including a point blank shot from PFC’s striker Pearl Odu ending with a 2-1 victory for Bronx Ale.
Best for PFC: Pearl Odu and Liz Eles
PFC took on McKeon’s on a warm sunny day. The teams played to a scoreless draw in the first half.
Mckeon’s produced three unanswered goals in the second half, two during the run of play and one off a well executed set piece.
Best for PFC: Pearl Odu