3-0 Win vs. Bay Area Kickers
June 25th, 2003
Okay, I want to apologize for calling the ref an asshole. I mean it's a bit hypocritical since I always tell people not to talk to the ref like that, but
damnit he was an asshole. Please don't follow my example though since we won't always be so lucky with the result!
Our first make-up game agains Bay Area kickers... and like last
week, the action started long before the kickoff. Ref #1 chose
to move the game to a bad field, "because he said so." So we were
on Patrick Henry #17 instead, for those who actually have a clue
what field is what...
Ref #1 was described as Bea as "senile" rather than any of the
other suggestions. At least two calls were for "shouting too
loudly," one unfortunately interrupting a good offensive run
for us. Then there was the "ball in the puddle call." Rough.
Well, we did adjust fairly well to this guy, and kept our mouths
shut. Arthur was completely silent -- the New Arthur. The ref
did apologize to Grant for calling him for shouting when it was
really the guy on the other team.
Anyway... that was a bit distracting, but both teams were sporting
about giving back the ball after ridiculous calls. We pressured
well and passed well, but didn't quite convert in the first half.
The first half was rather eventless, except their defender getting
a yellow card when Heather tripped herself up. Solid defense from
us, and great hustle from Ramsey in particular.
In the second half we didn't let the many whistles get to us as
much. Grant started the half with a kickoff that beat their goalie
but went about 4 feet wide. Then Grant had a nice header opportunity
off Jeff's corner. Eventually Grant made a nice cross to Marie.
of forcing a shot, Marie controlled the ball and laid it back to Mike to
put into the empty goal - very pretty goal as a result of good
Pretty soon afterward, DiCarlo got a lead pass from Grant. (Mike: Actually, that was me) There may be
another assist on that one(?) 1-on-1 with the goalie, DiCarlo made a
shot to score.
The game continued with lots of decent passing. We were picking off
of their passes - nice work. Good to have Marie and Erin subbing, and
Jeannette back. Nice hustle from Vasey chasing down balls from the
Heather making some good crosses, and Grant/Ramsey pushing the ball up
gave us many scoring opportunities. Fortunately we kept them from
any decent shots, although some close calls gave them corners, thanks to
yours truly. Nice play from Clark back there, though he didn't really
get to show off as much as he'd like to. (Hopefully he won't get
desparate and try the shorts thing again!)
Well the game ended with a bit of tension, much like it started.
Mike made a pass up the middle to Brian, who saw Grant for the
lead pass. Like many, the lead pass from Brian to Grant was actually
behind him. However, Grant made a nice turn and beat the defender
and went in on goal. Just as Grant's beautiful shot went in the
goal, Ref #1 blew the whistle to end the game. While my quick
for the rules on this came up fruitless, I think it is generally
poor form for the ref to end the game at a time when a team is about to
shoot. Let alone after they have taken a shot that scores.
Along with the other team's defenders, Mike seemed to agree
with my opinion on this. However, Mike was a bit too close
to Ref #1, so his opinion was heard. Ref #1 decided to add insult
by giving Mike a red card. But Ref #2 took Mike's player card
to report the incident, and then gave it back to Mike when Ref #1
wasn't looking. So there! Some justice.
Good game team.
Mike: Okay, I did go and download the official FIFA rules to try and see if I could turn up anything about blowing the whistle to end the
game. Didn't really find anything. The bottom line though, is if this game was in England, the fans would have rioted and the ref would be dead right
now. Oh well, can't have everything. I'd also like to point out that the ref called me an "observant", so I think he antogonised me! While he was
"helping" set up our net after he made us take it down, I made a crack about how crappy the job looked. He said "What are you, an observant? Do you
know how to put up a net?". I replied "Yes I do, I already put it up once today and you made us take it down!" If anyone can help me figure
out what the heck an "observant is by his definition, please let me know. Oh, and I don't care what the ref says, we're counting that last goal!
- Mike from Grant and Marie
- DiCarlo from Mike (anyone else?)
- Grant from Brian and Mike*
* This goal technically didn't "count" in the literal sense of the word, but I'll be damned if we aren't counting it!