Vélez Results at PDA Invitational

Posted by Miguel Nuila on Apr 06 2003 at 05:00PM PDT
Jersey Crew Celtics 1 Vélez 1 Playing the day with four starters missing and others injured, Vélez survived the Jersey Crew Celtics 1-1. The score could easily have been 5-0 Vélez at halftime but the ball would simply not go into the net. The Celtics adjusted at the half and it could have been anyone's game in the end. Their lone goal was off of a questionable handball at the outer edge of the box. Wyckoff Torpedos 0 Vélez 4 Vélez proved to be a little faster and smarter turning the corners and we were able to get the ball in the net. This victory put us in first but because of a limit of +3 bonus points for goal differential, we would eventually be forced to PK's first thing in the morning on Sunday. Sunday Morning PK's Jersey Crew Celtics 4 Vélez 3 We warmed up and practiced but you never know with these things. Consolation Game: Vineland Galaxy 2 Vélez 2 With eight rostered players missing (six starters) and our goalie getting some field time, Vélez managed a tie against the Galaxy. Up 1-0 at the half (once again it could have been 5-0), we once again found ourselves with timing and spacing issues around the goal as the players adapt to the new style of play for the spring. The key to this weekend was that both the starters and bench began to acquire the sense of what we are trying to accomplish with the system and are beginning to really move the ball. We are currently like a space shuttle, aiming high to the sky. As long as all our seals remain intact and not crack under pressure, I expect a very successful mission this spring.


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