Hotspur completed their Fall 2014 Municipal 11-aside season, playing a makeup game this January 10th. The side took on The Purple Team, who ultimately finished second in the league. In the match, Spurs defeated The Purple Team by a score of 3-2, thereby retaining their undefeated season. Throughout the course of the season, Hotspur’s worst result was a tie, and the team added ten wins for an overall record of 10-1-0.
In Saturday’s match, scoring started when Flora Guilbaut was fouled by the goalkeeper in the penalty box. Hotspur had mounted an attack and Guilbaut was rushing in to finish a ball at the far post. The Purple Team’s keeper sprang out to defend the net and took Guilbaut down in the act. Mary Brazie stepped up to take the penatly kick, and finished it soundly into the side netting. The first half ended with Hotspur up 1-0.
In the second half, the Spurs struck early when Helene O’Hagan’s relentlessness as the far post paid off. Mary Brazie dribbled down the right side of the pitch, and once she reached the endline, Brazie slotted a pass back to Gretchen Miller. Miller then rocketed the ball towards the far post. As she crashed towards the far post, O’Hagan jumped up and put her head on the ball to knock it into the back of the net.
The Spurs scored again to go up by three with a play that started in a series of passes through the midfield. Miller played the ball to Molly McDonald, who passed the ball to Brazie. Brazie then passed the ball back to McDonald, who switched fields by sending a ball to Guilbaut on the left side of the pitch. Guilbaut ran onto the ball, brought it to the endline and shot from an impossible angle, hammering the ball into the back of the net.
As the game wound down, The Purple Team were able to mount two counter attacks to add a couple of goals to their side of the scoreline. But Hotspur resisted, resolving to maintain the win and allow no further goals.
Hotspur’s win came largely due to the squad’s relentless hustle on defense. Kelly Buck continually stepped up to stop balls and cut off the opponents before they were able to spring a counter attack; Brynne Blumstein won multiple hard tackles, won balls in the air, and kept the backs organized; and Alli Griffin’s speed and relentlessness paid off as she chased down breakaways and cleared several balls off the goal line in the final moments of the match. Rae Fuhrman stepped up to defend the net, despite fighting the flu, and was able to make many great saves and distribute the ball deep into the attack.
The Spurs started the game with just 9 players and went on to play the game with only 10 players to The Purple Team’s 11; however, team hustle, determined defending, and teamwork paid off to earn the Spurs a great final victory for the season. Hotspur are happy to have won the Fall 2014 Women’s A Division Municipal League Championship by way of an undefeated season. Congrats, Spurs!!!!!
LA Hotspur continue their undefeated streak in Municipal 11-aside play, having not lost in nine consecutive games. After starting the season with 8 wins in a row, the team logged its first tie of the season last Saturday, breaking even against Kickin’ It in a 3-3 battle.
Goals were scored by Mary Brazie (Shae Morales assist), Gretchen Miller (Rae Fuhrman assist) and Lauren Johnson.
After going up 3-1, Hotspur’s squad fought hard defensively but relented two goals in a last minute push by Kickin It.
The Spurs have one remaining game this season.
Hotspur’s women’s 11-aside team remains undefeated in the A division of the Municipal league.
The side logged two wins in the past two weekends to earn their ninth consecutive win so far this season. With just two games remaining this fall, Hotspur have already locked up the regular season championship.
Two weekends ago, Hotspur faced W-ACLA, winning by a margin of 4-2. In the match, goals were scored by Hailey Murray, Rae Fuhrman, Lindsey Moss and Oriana Nierojewski. Lauren Johnson assisted on Fuhrman’s goal and Fuhrman assisted on Nierojewaski’s goal (both long crosses played from the right side of the field). Moss and Murray both scored unassisted.
Last weekend, Hotspur took on The Purple Team and won by a score of 3-0. Becca Bullard had the first goal of the match, blasting a ball into the far post. Next, Flora Guilbaut scored off an assist from Murray. The final goal was also scored by Bullard, on an assist from Murray. Johnson got the second assist on the goal, and kickstarted the play by sending a long ball to Murray who flicked the ball past the opposing team’s defense. Bullard sprinted to the ball, beating the keeper and knocked it into the back of the net from around 18 yards out.
The Spurs’ next match in 11-aside play is December 6th vs. Kickin’ It.