Game 3

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December 28th, 2015              

    Coming in to today's game the girls knew that they needed to outscore the opposition by three goals in order to advance into the playoffs (goal differential was the first tie-breaker, and they would be tied with another team with a victory in this game). There was a good chance at a victory today, but the offense hasn't always been easy with this team. Most of this game took place with a 0-0 score, but Venice broke through first after halftime to claim a 1-0 lead. They had plenty of good looks after that, but couldn't find the back of the net when they had the chances. Some stellar goalkeeping and defensive play kept the Space City team off the board, and the Falcons secured a 1-0 victory. Unfortunately this ended their tournament with a 2-1 record.

    Samantha played pretty well overall in these three games, and even piqued the interest of a couple of college coaches. Once they learned how young she really was (playing in a much older age group) they were forced to back off, but it is a good sign that with some hard work and a bit of luck that she has a bright future ahead of her if she really wants it! Congratulations Sam!

Orange Classic Invitational Girls Soccer Tournament Game 3 - at Space City FC 99G (Texas)

Samantha on the field waiting for the game to begin.

Sam with control of the ball along the sideline.

Sam making a pass across the field.

Sam with another pass.

Sam moving into position in front of the net.

Sam getting into defensive position.

Sam knocking the ball down with her foot...

...and turning to chase after it.

Sam doing her best to keep the ball inbounds along the sideline.

Sam running to her position in the middle of the field.

Samantha settling the ball down.

Sam turning as the opposing player kicked the ball past her.

Sam calling for the ball through the middle of the field.

Sam knocking the ball down once again.

Sam racing to control the ball in the corner.

Sam looking on as her teammate battles for the ball.

Sam got trucked by this girl, causing her to lose her headgear...

...but of course there was no foul call as she picked herself up and kept moving.

Sam reaching out to get her foot on the ball and steer it towards her teammates.

Samantha sending the ball towards the net.

Sam going up to get her head on the ball...

...and turning to watch it as she loses her headgear once again.


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