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BXVI Sees Out Chief Rivals

BXVI faced their toughest challenge in the competition last night – the only other team in the competition to have won every game played and the team with the best defensive record in the league: Deceptacons. It was an epic struggle between two worthy opponents. Neither team gave quarter, neither asked for any.

Deceptacons were the first on the scoreboard within the first two minutes. Justin’s strike to level the scores was inspired, followed quickly by a rocket from Dave to put BXVI in the lead 2-1. But Deceptacons had an answer, splitting the defence with a perfectly timed pass to level the scores 2-2 at half time.

Deceptacons had such a skilled attack that Meliss, Cat and Marguerite had their work cut out trying to contain the attacks. Full credit to them, they frustrated wave after wave of attack all game, supported by Justin, Monty & Dave (when Mike was not in goals, he didn’t really do much defending, spending his time in attack).

In the break between halves, Monty galvanised BXVI into greater effort, focusing particularly on keeping a tight defence. Anyone would think he was just trying to get out of playing too hard, as Monty replaced Mike in goals for the second half.

The second half started well for BXVI and Mike was soon on the scoreboard with a corner pass meant for Marguerite intercepted by Deceptacons, but knocked straight into Mikes path for a swivelling low corner shot goal.

Again, Deceptacons came back to level the scores 3-3, but Daves long range rocket of a shot into the bottom corner took BXVI back ahead. Yep, you guessed, Deceptacons scored yet again to make it 4-4!

Mike dribbled past the defence and shot through the keepers legs to make it 5-4, then Dave finally got the breakthrough, nutmegging a defender, holding off another, while smashing the ball into the back of the net to give BXVI a 2 goal buffer.

Mike then had a superb chance when he beat the keeper but just couldn’t get around the final defender to make it 7-4. The defender was so small she barely reached Mike’s chest and he had difficulty seeing her with his back to the goals. Would BXVI rue this wasted opportunity?

Monty made some fine reflex saves to keep the Deceptacons out, but they pulled one back with a minute to go. 6-5. Mike and Dave decided to slow the play down and run down the clock, so from the restart, Mike passed to Dave who held the ball up in BXVI’s attacking forward line. With 30 seconds remaining and BXVI frantically defending the Deceptacons intense pressure, Mike trod on the ball and took out one of the Deceptacons’ girls earning her a free kick. However, it was too little too late and the siren put an end to an epic game.

BXVI won the game 6-5 and now go 3 points clear at the top of the league table, having scored 50 more goals than any other team in the competition and conceded only 1 more than the best defence (Deceptacons).

BXVI Scrapes Through

Well, BXVI looked a completely different team against third placed US Average last night. Unfortunately, it was the worst start BXVI has ever had in their 10 or so seasons together. Average took the center kick-off to start the game, but Mike wasn’t lined up right in the wall. The shot cannoned off Mike’s calf past Monty in goals, who had no chance.

That got Average’s confidence up while stunning BXVI, so in the first 5 minutes of the game, BXVI struggled. To their credit, though, they pulled a goal back through a great piece of finishing by Justin, who scored his first goal of the season. However, it wasn’t til midway through the second half before BXVI put their second away (thanks Monty), which caused Average to ramp up their efforts.

It would be fair to say that BXVI played terribly. People not supporting attacks, so the person with the ball had no-one to pass to; having 2 guys and a girl on one Average player, then when they got rid of the ball, those three players moving to the new player with the ball (otherwise known as ball watching); easy passes badly missing their target; shots not even troubling the opposing keeper; in defense, not watching the free players, leading to easy goal-scoring opportunities, etc.

While Dave went searching for the goal to put the game beyond doubt, a number of defensive blunders left two Average guys with acres of space and only Melis in a position to do anything (other than Mike in goals). While Melis put pressure on the guy with the ball, Mike came running out of his area, causing the Average guy to fumble the ball, which was the only opening Melis needed to take the ball. Seconds later, a barrage of attacks on Mike’s goal was just kept out, leaving Cat on the bench with frayed nerves. Thankfully, Mike kept his cool and aided by Melissa’s expert defending, kept Average from scoring. The game ended 2-1 with BXVI happy to collect the points, but ruing a host of wasted chances.

Thankfully we got the points after making all those mistakes, but hopefully, we’ll learn from them and NEVER make them again.

BXVI Skittles Laddles

BXVI faced a difficult prospect this week against an unpredictable Laddles side eager for their first win of the season. BXVI were missing superstars Chico, Chris Laundy and Monty, with veteran Justin Carrick making his first appearance in six months.

Though there were no guy substitutes, the result was never in doubt with Dave Haydon thumping home 8 goals, Marguerite Klup scoring one with an excellent finish and Mike Haydon coolly slotting home from a move he started from goals.

Cat was staunch in defence and set up one of Dave’s goals with a sweet pass under pressure right to Dave’s feet. Mel Haydon was her usual brilliant self, even though she was the victim of the debutant referee’s lack of knowledge of the game at times. Mel blocked a long shot by one of the Laddles players, stretching for the ball, only to have the referee call it a slide tackle (prohibited in indoor soccer). The problem was that Mel wasn’t near a Laddles player (so it couldn’t have been a slide tackle) and she wasn’t on the ground when she kicked the ball (also prohibited). Laddles were awarded a penalty for that which they converted with a hard bottom corner shot on their second attempt. The first attempt was brought back because the referee thought he had to blow the whistle twice before a penalty could be taken (you only need one whistle). Sometimes you just wish the referee would read the rules first :mad:

Dave’s last goal will go down as one of the goals of the season. Laddles had just scored their third goal in the last minute of the game and Dave was determined that BXVI would end on a high note. Taking the kickoff, Dave shot with an outside of the foot curving rocket with the siren sounding as the ball was in flight. The Laddles keeper was rooted to the spot as BXVI celebrated another clean sweep. Final result 10-3.

BXVI Crushes Floreat Frogs

BXVI came out with all guns blazing against Floreat Frogs on 1 April 2009. Floreat have dominated the competition for many seasons and clearly expected to win easily again.

BXVI started with Chico, Dave, Melis and Cat on the field and Monty in goals. Within 5 minutes, Chico had struck 3 times and Dave once to give BXVI a 4-0 advantage. Floreat were clearly shocked at the sheer skill displayed in attack by Dave and Chico and the defensive prowess of Cat and Melis. Every time Floreat made an early break for goals, Melis or Cat (or both) were on hand to block them and force mistakes. The few times Floreat got a shot away, Monty was equal to the task. In fact, he pulled off an almost miraculous save where the shot was too hard for him to get a hand on it, but he somehow managed to trap it between his heels! Superb reflexes.

Soccer Player Glory

 

The early goals took their toll on the Frogs – they were clearly shaken and played with the desperation that leads to mistakes and recriminations. Any time there was slight contact with a BXVI player, they appealed for a free kick (even the times where they went out of their way to cause the contact) and swore constantly. We’ve played against Floreat before and they have never acted like that, leading us to believe that it was because they are not used to being totally outclassed.

Mike substituted for Dave, but looked all at sea for a minute or so until he found his feet and was unlucky not to score from a finely crafted Monty throw. Kluppy came on for Chico and the pressure on Floreat eased slightly with Mike tiring quickly. Dave substituted for Mike and at half time, the score was 7-2 in favour of BXVI. Of note was one of the Floreat guys left the field with 30 seconds left on the clock – which pretty much summed up Floreat’s defeatist mentality at the time.

Towards the end of the first half, Chris Laundy arrived (after getting lost on the way and ending up in Dalkeith!). Mike and Chris started the second half and within a minute, Floreat had scored after cutting out a pass from Chris to Mike. You could see Floreat’s heads lift as they realized that the game was still within their grasp. However, Mike put a very firm stop to that. From kickoff, Mike rocketed a bullet through the Frog’s wall, the ball taking a slight deflection and going in off the bottom corner and Floreat’s collective shoulders hunched again.

With Chico on the field with Chris, there was a goal no-one could forget: Chico shot powerfully, the goalkeeper parried the ball, Chris followed up with a shot from the right hand side that was blocked, a shot from straight in front of goals that hit a Frogs player and a shot from the left hand side that was again parried by the keeper. The ball then fell to the side of Chico, who did a sweet side scissors kick and the ball went in off the post leaving the Frogs pulling their hair out in frustration.

Chico received the full points from the referee for fairest and best, which was well deserved. No matter how rough the Frogs were towards him, he kept his cool and hit them where it hurt them most – on the scoreboard. Now many coaches preach that concept, but you could see by Floreat’s attitude that the scoreboard was where it hurt them most.

Halfway through the second half, Monty in goals substituted for Mike because Monty’s hamstring was getting sore. Chris went on to score three beautiful goals, Chico ended up with 9, Mike 1 and Dave 1, with the final score at 14-4. BXVI had beaten Floreat Frogs 7-2 in each half.