Today was the first day of the tournament, and we did well.
The weather was sunny and dry with barely a breeze in the morning.
I’ll have to upload some photos of the fields. The grass is just short of perfect. The fields are flat, lined, and it’s llike running around on golf green, only much spongier, which is great for cleats. Some folks are wearing turfs, and that’s working for them too. Personally, I like the longer thinner cleats, and I’m sticking to the Gaias I received from Drexel.
First game was against the an Australian team, ’74 Flood.
We came out strong and took the first 5 points without allowing them to score. By half they had managed to score a couple, but we ran away from them during the second half as well, and the final score was something like 17-4.
Lunch was served in a huge athletic complex. Lasagne and salad, with baked potatoes.
True to the warnings, the wind picked up a bit in the afternoon making play a little more difficult, but it was nothing we couldn’t handle.
The second game of the day was against one of the Japanese teams, VG.
It was a battle from the first point. We went back and forth with a couple breaks by both teams but they were up on us 6-4. We stormed back to take half 9-6 I believe. The first half we were forcing middle, but that wasn’t as successful as we would have liked. We started playing zone and zone transition on them with some success. Unfortunately, the turnovers and defensive plays we made were squandered by poor judgement, and we continued to trade points. As the sun was starting to get low in the sky, the game was time capped with the score at 14-10 and us in the lead. (note: In this tournament there is no hard time cap. Games are all to 17 with a hard cap to 19. the time cap of 100 minutes is a true soft cap. The game is played out to the high score +2 regardless of the time required.)
That meant that the game would play out to 16. Vigi took two points in a row to bring it to 14-12.
We got a bit fired up, and took the last two points to end it.
I expect that they will be in the final few teams with us.
It was a good day.
Tomorrow we’ve got two more games to play.