LA Hotspur: Weekend UpdatePosted: October 23, 2013
After a week-long hiatus, LA Hotspur returned to the pitch with fervor, playing three games in the span of three days. In Saturday’s LA Muni matchup vs. The Purple Team, The Spurs emerged the victor by a score of 3-2.
The first goal of the game came from the hands – or rather – the head of Lindsey Moss. On the right side of the pitch, Rebecca Mendez sent a cross that spanned the width of the goal and found Moss at the back post. Moss confidently nodded the ball into the back of the net to put the Spurs up by one.
Not long after, The Purple Team returned the favor when one of the side’s forwards got the ball on a breakaway, and drilled a shot past Mary Brazie, who was tending net for the Spurs.
The teams entered the second half with the score 1-1, but Hotspur didn’t wait long to get on the board. This time, Hailey Murray would finish off a breakaway. The play started when Flora Guilbuat won the ball in the center of the field, passing the ball to Brazie who slotted Muray through on the defense. Murray used her speed to beat the defense, and netted a low shot past the keeper.
Becca Bullard was next to get on the board, winning the ball in the penalty box and drilling it past the keeper in a lone effort that would put the Spurs up, 3-1. As the play trickled out, The Purple Team found one more goal to keep their team in the game, but it was not enough as the Spurs’ defensive unit battled hard to the end of the game, thwarting any subsequent attacks by the opposition.
Hotspur remains at the top of the Muni league, with a record of 5-0-0. The side is set to take on W-AC Los Angeles this Saturday at 9 a.m. W-AC Los Angeles are second in the charts, having suffered only one loss with a record of 4-0-1.
On Sunday, Hotspur returned to action to take on So Cal Select in the Coast Soccer League. It would be the Spurs’ first loss across three leagues of play so far this season as So Cal defeated Hotspur by a margin of 6-1. The Spurs’ lone goal of the game came in the first half, directly after So Cal scored their first goal of the gam.
The effort started when Nicoline Jorgensen, Rachelle Lazzaro and Mary Brazie teamed up to close down a ball in the right corner, winning the ball back from the So Cal defensive unit. Upon winning the ball, Lazzaro chipped the ball over So Cal’s center back to Brazie who was making a run towards net. Brazie trapped the ball on her chest and flicked the ball over the keeper into the back of the net. This brought the score to 1-1, a score which stood for the better part of the first half, before So Cal began capitalizing on Hotspur mistakes and translating the opportunities into goals.
Score notwithstanding, the Spurs played a solid game of soccer, communicating well as a team on defense, working the ball around the field, and creating opportunities on net. The Spurs are now 1-0-1 in the Coast Soccer League, and return to action this Saturday when the team will match up against Freedom Elite, also 1-0-1.
On Monday night, Hotspur #2′s retained control of the Muni 7-aside league with a 5-2 win over W-ACLA 7′s. The Spurs are now 5-0-0 in the league, remaining undefeated. Becca Bullard scored two goals on the game, and Hailey Murray, Rachelle Lazzaro and Mary Brazie each contributed a goal. Molly Casanova tended net for the Spurs. Defensively, Brittney Watson, Kelly Buck, Catherine Davila, Lindsey Moss and Alli Griffin kept Hotspur in charge, winning balls and fueling the attack.
For the Fall 2013 season, Hotspur is now 11-0-1 across three leagues of play. Collectively, Hostpur has 17 games remaining to play this fall.