Over the June 3-4 weekend the G13 Attack played in their first real tournament as a group at the Peterborough City Challenge Cup. The weekend proved to be a great learning tool for the team and opportunity to grow their knowledge, skills and most importantly, team chemistry.
The weekend started on Saturday playing Peterborough T1 to a 1-1 draw. This was a very close game, with chances at either end and a preview of things to come on the weekend. They followed that up with a 1-0 win over Northumberland United T1 in a nail bitter. Saturday was a beautiful day for soccer. However, by finishing the two games with a win and tie, the team ended up tied for first in the 4 team group, but second on goal difference. This made a big difference on Sunday.
Sunday weather was miserable all day. By finishing second, the G13 had a longer road to the finals, the day started early versus Lindsay (Kawartha Lakes) T1 in the pouring rain. The Hornets were all over them, managing to put in a goal through a corner kick, eking out a 1-0 win. The next game was an hour later versus King City T1, again in a downpour. This game was much tighter despite the score, with the Hornets winning 2-0. However, the girls were tired, wet and cold heading to the finals.
In the finals, the G13 were excited, but playing against a team coming off one game against a T2 opponent several hours previously. While not an excuse, it did factor into the final play as the Peterborough City team they tied 1-1 in game one, came out flying, again in the pouring rain and won the championship.
Following the game, the girls and Coach Eric were very happy with the result of the weekend despite the final game, but more happy to get in the car to warm-up and dry-out!
"There is a lot to build on from the weekend," shared Coach Eric after the final. "We played well. I think the way in which we played and the result will give the girls confidence to play in this manner more often."
In fact the girls parlayed the learning from the weekend into their next league game on Monday following the Tournament where they played their best game of the season moving the ball and controlling the play versus a strong OSU team leading to a 2-1 victory. The score was flattering and should have been much higher as they possessed the ball for about 70% (estimated) of the game.
Congratulations to the G13 and Coach Eric on a great showing in Peterborough!