Playoff Game 2
 

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Saturday, February 19th, 2022              

TARSA Playoff Game #2

3:00pm
Wesley Chapel District Park - Wesley Chapel 1st Half 2nd Half 1st OT 2nd OT Penalty Kicks Final
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Florida Hawks FC U16-2 0 1   0 0 G X G X X X G 2
West Florida Flames U16 Jazz 0    1 0 0 X X G G X X X 1

 

Being a low-seeded playoff team who hadn't seen the field in two weeks, the expectations were low for Jayden and her Florida Hawks teammates going into today's matchup with the West Florida Flames Jazz team. The girls weren't fazed, however, and played a great game today.

The first half was dominated by the Flames, as they would manage to take eight shots on goal to just a single Hawks attempt. Thankfully most of them weren't high quality shots, and those that were found the Hawks goalkeeper up to the task. The two teams would head to halftime without scoring a single goal.

The Hawks looked like a different team to start the second half. They took four of the first five shots of the half, but weren't able to convert on any of them. The final water break hit and the two teams were still scoreless. After the break the Hawks kept attacking, including a shot off of Jayden's foot. Finally, on their third attempt they managed to break the tie, giving themselves a 1-0 lead after knocking in a rebound that the Flames keeper couldn't corral. Unfortunately, their lead didn't last long, as the Flames scored on their very next shot, thanks to a nice pass that found its way through the box to the foot of a Flames attacker who was able to send the ball past the Hawks keeper to knot the score at a goal apiece. Both teams would have chances to regain the lead, but neither could do so before the final whistle blew.

With the game ending in a draw, it was off to overtime, with up to two five minute sessions to be played if needed. There wasn't a lot of scoring opportunities for either team, with the Flames managing the lone shot during the first overtime session. The Hawks managed the lone shot of the now necessary second overtime, and they didn't convert. When the whistle blew signaling the end of overtime, it was off to penalty kicks.

Each team picked five shooters to face off against the opposing keepers. The Hawks converted their first attempt, and then managed to stop the Flames shot, giving them the early edge. Both teams missed their second attempts and converted on their third, with the Hawks still holding the edge. The Hawks would miss their fourth attempt, but the Flames buried theirs, evening up the shootout at 2 goals each. Both teams would miss their final attempts, which would mean extra shooters would be required. Round six resulted in two more misses, so we head to round seven to see if things can be settled. The Flames were shooting first, and they were unable to score on their attempt. The Hawks made their attempt count, scoring to win the shootout by a 3-2 margin, and the game by a 2-1 score.

Way to go Hawks! On to the Championship game you go!

 

TARSA Playoff Game #2 - Florida Hawks FC U16-2 at West Florida Flames U16 Jazz


 

Jayden winding up for a goal kick...

 
 

...and sending the ball down the field.

 
 

Jay looking down the field during a break in the action...

 
 

...before noticing the camera...

 
 

...and posing for a photo!

 
 

Jay challenging a Flames attacker for the ball.

 
 

Jay jumping up while trying to get her head on the ball.

 
 

Jay preparing for another goal kick...

 
 

...and taking aim at the ball...

 
 

...before sending it down the field to her teammates.

 
 

Jayden hitting the turf after battling for the ball.

 
 

Jay going after the bouncing ball.

 
 

Jay with another goal kick...

 
 

...that launched the ball down the field.

 
 

Jay protecting the post on a Flames corner kick.

 
 

Jay taking another goal kick...

 
 

...that launched the ball down the field.

 
 

Jay preparing for a sideline throw-in...

 
 

...and reaching back...

 
 

...before launching the ball towards her teammates.

 
 

Jayden taking control of the ball between two Flames attackers...

 
 

...and sending a pass ahead to a teammate.

 
 

Jay dribbling the ball away from a Flames player.

 
 

Jay closing in on the ball...

 
 

...and kicking it down the field.

 
 

Jay going after a loose ball...

 
 

...and getting her foot on it first...

 
 

...before taking a push in the back...

 
 

...that knocked her off balance and away from the ball.

 
 

Jayden lining up another sideline throw-in...

 
 

...and taking aim...

 
 

...before winding up...

 
 

...for the throw...

 
 

...and sending the ball down the field.

 
 

Jay with another goal kick.

 

After their victory today, the girls gathered for some team photos, which you can see below.
 

Postgame Pictures


 

Jayden (back row, second from the right) and her Florida Hawks teammates...

 
 

...posing for a group photo after their playoff victory.

 


 

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