9/12/15 – Tigers v Phoenix (3-0)

The Tigers began the fall season with a match against Phoenix. A new formation gave the historically defensive team the offensive push they’ve been searching for. Ten minutes into the first half, the offense was able to push through the Phoenix defensive line. After a shot from Kianoosh Hashemzadeh was deflected, midfielder Alex Griggs spotted the keeper off her line and sent a sailing shot that glided over the Phoenix defense and into the goal.

Several minutes later, Griggs sent a diagonal pass to Hashemzadeh, who broke the defensive line once more, challenging the keeper one-on-one, this time finding the back of the net.

The Phoenix offense soon picked up, and they began making several challenges to the Tigers defense. Diane Sit held down the back line, thwarting numerous challenges, as Martha Mills chased down challenges from the line. A new goalkeeper for Tigers, Carly Sousa, proved her mettle as she made several crucial saves as the first half began to draw to a close.

However, the Tigers offense did not let up, and through balls sent by center midfielders, Nicole Daddazio and Caitlin McKenna, kept the Phoenix defense busy. Left wing Genevieve Knabel took advantage of a loose ball just outside the box, sending it up and into the upper corner of the goal, bringing the score to 3-0.

During the second half, Phoenix began challenging the Tigers goal with zeal, but the Tigers defense, under the leadership of Sousa and Sit did not allow a single goal.

The Tigers continued their offensive push till the end of the second half, with several more shots on goal, keeping the Phoenix defense on the chase.

(Match report submitted by Nisha Varia of Tigers.)

11/08/14 – Parlour FC v Phoenix (3-0)

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.

10/25/14 – Phoenix v Harps (0-3)

Another sunny and generous fall day played host to the Harps v Phoenix face-off. Both teams started off short of the 11 but Harps had a slight edge on numbers and came out attacking. Constant pressure on the Phoenix defense by Harps’ striker Joelle Gozlan resulted in a clumsy clearance by the keeper Jules Krause to draw a free kick just outside the 18. Aoife West stepped up for a expertly placed free that was shepherded into the net by Maria Martinez. Multiple attempts on goal came from threatening combinations between Harps newcomer Melissa Belardi and Amy Jackson as well as a rocket shot by Erin Cullen which was brilliantly guided over the bar by Krause. The half ended 1-0 to Harps.

Harps continued to be aggressive in the second half and Cullen not only demonstrated excellent defense but also initiated Harps’ attacks from the back line and positioning her for another chance at goal after settling a rebounded ball and ripping it past the keeper to give Harps a 2-0 lead. Phoenix had several counterattacks but Harps defense shut them down without consequence. One final effort by Harps was initiated when Teresa Brink headed a ball forward to the foot of Belardi who took the keeper on and slotted home the third and final goal of the match.

Best for Harps: Melissa Belardi and Erin Cullen

10/18/14 – Tigers v Phoenix (0-6)

The Tigers faced off against Phoenix after a three week stretch away from playing. Tigers found more of their rhythm in the second half and made some threats on goal, including a beautiful shot by Diane Sit that sailed over the keeper’s head and looked sure to go in but improbably hit the post. Alex Griggs hustled to get the rebound but her shot went wide. Missing their usual goalkeeper, other members of the team tried their luck for the first time playing in goal. Phoenix dominated on the scoreboard with six goals including a hattrick by Eileen Egan, and teammates Linda McKeon scored 2 while Niamh Curristin had one.

09/12/14 – Phoenix v Bronx Ale (1-2)

Bronx Ale defeated Phoenix 2-1 with the help of newcomers Jackie Jones and Lisa DeChance who fit right in with the veterans and made an impact with possession and overlapping runs. Phoenix’s defense and keeper did well to block Bronx Ale from getting on the board. Bronx Ale’s midfield and defense were solid and disrupted much of Phoenix’s attacks in the first half, but they finally broke through on a counter attack giving Phoenix a 1-0 lead at the half.

In the second half, DeChance took a shot from the right side beating the keeper to level the score 1-1. Elyse Hanly later made an overlapping run up the left side and converted a through ball for the winner.