Game 1

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September 9th, 2014              

    The timing for tonight's game could have been a little better, in my opinion. Scheduling a game an hour away from home on the first day of school makes for a very long day. The girls were slightly lethargic at the start of the game, but then they settled in quickly. They managed to keep the game close, trailing by a score of 1-0 at halftime. Things started looking bleak at the start of the second half, though, as the Storm team scored early in the half to make it a 2-0 score. The Michigan Impact girls kept chipping away, applying pressure as much as they could. They scored a goal to narrow the gap to a single goal, then scored once again to tie things up. They netted a third unanswered goal late in the half to grab a 3-2 lead, which they managed to hang on to despite losing their starting goalkeeper when she hit her head on the goal post. Samantha moved into net in relief, and she did everything she could to give her team a chance to secure their first victory of the season. When the final whistle blew, the girls got a chance to celebrate their 3-2 come-from-behind victory!

Michigan Impact Game 1 - at South Oakland County Soccer Socs Storm 01

Samantha lining up a pass.

The sun made viewing difficult when the action took place directly across the field from our viewing area.

Another shot of Sam lost in the sun.

Sam looking at the action down the field.

Sam kicking the ball towards a sprinting teammate.

Sam trying to get her head on the ball while standing in front of the net.

Sam battling for the ball against an opposing player.

Samantha moved into goal after her teammate suffered an injury.

Sam lining up a goal kick...

...and aiming for the ball...

...before making contact...

...and sending it down the field.

Sam bending down to make a save.

Sam reaching up to make a soft save.

Sam (in red) leading her teammates through the handshake line.


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