LA Hotspur have enjoyed continued success in the LA Muni 11-aside league, winning their last two games to bring the team’s overall record to 10-0-0. The Spurs have just one game left in the season: a December 12th matchup against The Purple Team. A win will cement the side’s perfect undefeated season.
On November 16th, the Spurs defeated W-AC Los Angeles by a score of 5-1.
The first goal was knocked in by the head ofCatherine Davila, who got on the end of a Mary Brazie corner kick.
Amanda Matthews then scored an unassisted goal, getting a foot on a deflected shot that the keeper couldn’t keep her hands on. The shot came from Hailey Murray on the right wing, after receiving a pass from Brazie.
Matthews then tallied an assist when she played the ball across the field to Katy Murakami, who buried the ball into the back of the net for her second goal of the season.
Then, after Brazie took a shot that was blocked by the keeper, Matthews followed in and scored yet another unassisted goal, shielding the keeper away from the ball until she gained control, and then finished.
Murray finished the game with a goal of her own, getting on the end of a long punt from keeper Rachel Pearson. Hailey chased the punt down, took a couple dribbles and blasted the ball into the back of the net, providing Pearson with her first assist of the season (and first assist as a Hotspur!)
On November 23rd, Hotspur took on Devastators for the second time this season. In the match, the Spurs earned a 6-0 victory.
The first goal of the game was generated when Becca Bullard received a ball on the left side of the field. Bullard sent an early cross to Brazie, who was making a run into the box. Brazie controlled the ball out of the air with her first touch and placed the ball into the right side netting with her second.
Alli Griffin had the next goal of the game. After working ceaselessly up and down the right flank, Griffin finally got a chance when she won a ball from a defender in the box. Griffin blasted the ball soundly into the back of the net for her first goal of the season.
With an assist under her belt, Bullard moved up to forward where she proceeded to wreak havoc on the opposition’s defense. Her first goal was the byproduct of a pass from Flora Guilbaut, who threaded Bullard through from the right flank. Bullard buried the ball into the back of the net for her first goal of the match.
The next goal was a Devastator own goal, generated by Oriana Nierojewski, who had been working tirelessly all game to generate the Spurs’ attack. Nierojewski dribbled horizontally along the endline, blazing past multiple Devastator defenders. Nierojewski then sent the ball across the face of the net to Bullard who was running far post. But Bullard never got a chance to touch the ball as a Devastator defender intercepted the pass, trapping it from her stomach into the net.
The last two goals of the game came from Bullard. First, Lindsey Moss played Bullard through on the left side of the pitch. Bullard drilled the ball into the back of the net for the score. Then, Murray played Bullard through. Bullard took a couple dribbles and blasted the ball from outside the 18, firing a rocket of a shot that would put the Spurs up 6-0.
During the course of the match, four Spurs players switched off in net: Guilbaut, Griffin, Jenna Kieselbach and Kelly Buck all contributed to keeping the Spurs with a clean sheet on the day.
Meanwhile, in Coast Soccer League play, the Spurs are having a hard time tallying a win. Despite a solid performance in their November 17th matchup vs. So Cal Select, Hotspur failed to create high-quality chances in the attacking third. The Spurs best chance of the game came when Bullard was slotted through on the left wing. Having beat the defense, Bullard aimed a well-placed shot at the far corner. The ball beat the keeper and skipped just a breath wide of the far post, keeping the Spurs off the scoreboard. So Cal Select, for their part, managed to convert three chances to make the score 3-0, despite continual hard work and unified play from the Spurs’ defensive line. In the midfield, Sarah Halpenny and Ana Carinena worked hard to control the center of the field, and keeper Brittany Parker made several great saves to keep the Spurs in the game. The Spurs are now third in the league with a record of 2-0-3 and one final match to play on December 8th vs. Freedom Elite.
In the municipal league, LA Hotspur’s undefeated streak continues, as the side defeated opponents Dinamo Turbine by a score of 3-0.
All three goals were scored by Oriana Nierojewski, whose hattrick Saturday combined with goals from the previous weekend have her on a scoring rampage of 4 goals per game in the last two games of muni league play. Mary Brazie, Brittney Watson and Rae Fuhrman all lended a hand in Saturday’s scoring, as they each earned an assist on one of Nierojewski’s goals.
The Spurs are now 8-0-0 in municipal league play, and, with three games left to play, a win this coming Saturday will secure Hotspur as the champions for the Fall 2013 season. W-AC Los Angeles, a team Hotspur beat earlier this season by a score of 3-2, is the team currently standing in the way.
In the Coast Soccer League, Hotspur battled Freedom Elite to a 1-nil loss this Sunday. Despite losing, the Spurs played hard the entire match, especially the defense. Keeper Brittany Parker had at least two saves when she found herself in one vs. one situations. Hillary Downs also sprinted back on one occasion to intercept and clear a ball before it crossed the line, and Brazie cleared one off the goal line on a corner kick.
The entire defensive unit, including Downs, Watson, Ashley Parker, Brittany Gonzales and Lauren Johnson fought hard all game to win balls and work cohesively to shut Freedom Elite down. In the middle of the field, Ana Carenina and Sarah Halpenny battled constantly against Freedom Elite’s three middies for control of the center.
The Spurs’ best attacking attempt of the game came when Nierojewski almost scored on a header. Brazie had the ball on the right side of the pitch, beat a defender and crossed the ball far post where both Fuhrman and Nierojewski had lost their defenders. Nierojewski called Fuhrman off the ball, jumped up and hammered the ball on target with her head. The ball crossed the net, beat the keeper and hit the right post. Alli Griffin sprinted in to recover the ball, and played it back across the face of the net, but Freedom Elite managed to clear the ball to safety.
The Spurs are now 1-0-2 in the Coast Soccer League, and are looking to redeem an earlier 6-1 loss against So Cal Select as they take on the league powerhouse again this Sunday at 3.
LA Hotspur earned its seventh consecutive win in the LA Muni league last Saturday, as the side defeated Devastators by a score of 8-0.
Oriana Nierojewski finished the game just one goal shy of a double-hattrick, scoring five goals in the match, a single game record for Nierojewski while wearing a Spurs jersey. Nierojewski now ranks second on the team in goals scored in the LA Muni league this season with seven. Becca Bullard, who also scored in the match, leads the team with 8 goals this season.
On Saturday, Hotspur got off to a slow start offensively, controlling the possession but failing to combine effectively in the attacking third. The Spurs first got a goal 20 minutes into regulation, when Mary Brazie blasted a ball in from 30 yards out. The play started off a throw in from the left flank. Rachelle Lazzaro received the ball and played it to Shae Morales, who touched the ball to Brazie in the center of the pitch. Brazie then shot a knuckleball that dipped down and into the left side netting.
The next goal was also started by Lazzaro, when she played the ball to Brazie who sent the ball through to Nierojewski. The Canadian drilled the ball into the back of the net, earning her first goal of many on the day.
Bullard would be next on the board for the Spurs, getting on the end of a rebounded shot from Nierojewski. The play started when defender Brittney Watson played a long ball to Nierojewski on the right side of the pitch. Nierojewski dribbled towards net and drove a low strike on goal. The keeper got her hands on the ball but was unable to secure it, and Bullard crashed the net, gathered the ball and put it in the back of the net to put the Spurs up by three.
The next goal would also be generated by hustle, when a Devastators defender attempted a pass back to the keeper. Katy Murakami raced in to intercept the pass, and knocked the ball in the back of the net for her first ever goal while sporting a Spurs jersey.
The Spurs ended the half with a 4-0 lead, and would score four more in the second half, all by way of Nierojewski.
Hotspur combined for its fifth goal of the game when midfielder Brittney Watson delivered a pass to outside middie Rae Fuhrman. Fuhrman played the ball through to Nierojewski who silenced it into the back of the net.
Next, Lazzaro found Nierojewski on a breakway. Nierojewski dribbled the ball to goal and calmly slotted the ball past the keeper, earning her third goal on the game.
But Nierojewski would score again on a similar combination to her first goal of the half. Watson once again found Fuhrman on the wing, and Fuhrman sent the ball to Nierojewski who finished the ball soundly into the back of the net.
As the game trickled to an end, the Spurs earned a corner kick on the left side of the pitch. Brazie took the kick, sending the ball towards the far post. Nierojewski sprinted in and slammed the ball into the back of the net, punctuating her goal scoring rampage with an impressive header to end the match.
The Spurs’ defensive unit also put on an impressive performance, maintaining a shutout on the match while rotating several players through the back line. Rachel Pearson tended net for the entire game, enjoying her third shoutout on the season.