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ORSA U17 at Kinzua - 06/08/14

posted Jun 16, 2014, 10:52 AM by Thomas Pfennigwerth

u17 completed an unbeaten season with a 6-4 win away at Kinzua.
It was 5 wins and 2 draws, likely tied with Mercer and Meadville for top spot in the division.
As so often this season, top scorer Max Lane lead the way with 4 goals to end the season with a remarkable 20 goals in 7 games this season.  Bailey Pifer got her 3rd of the season and Luke Dye got his fifth as the team fought to another hard earned victory against a solid Kinzua team.  ORSA were never really in trouble, despite having to overcome Coach Euchlar being in charge, going 2-0 up and never losing the lead.  The defense was a little susceptible to the through ball and will have to be sharper going into the tournament, both in playing the offside trap and not being too keen to win the ball, just holding the line.
A good win and a successful season.

ORSA U17 at Meadville - 05/18/14

posted May 19, 2014, 7:20 PM by Thomas Pfennigwerth

In a fascinating tactical battle, ORSA u17 had an exciting 4-4 draw away at Meadville. ORSA recovered from a 3-1 defecit at half-time to tie it up close to the end and as ORSA pushed for the winner, Meadville missed a great chance with the last kick of the game.
It leaves the u17 table with 3 teams tied on 3 wins and 2 draws.
Meadville started sharply and their pace caught ORSA napping. It was fortunate that a quick opening goal was not followed by more as ORSA struggled to adapt, but switching first Morgan and then Richburg to a man marking role on their pace man, slowed meadville down and allowed ORSA to regroup. Battling Max Lane then brought ORSA back into the game and tied it up 1-1. However, coach Richards then made the tactical error of going more defensive, switching from 4-4-2 to 4-5-1 and that allowed Meadville too much possession in our half. McClaughlin picked up a yellow card for not too much, when a warning would have sufficed, but with their good skills and teamwork, Meadville took full advantage and went into half-time sitting pretty at 3-1. One of them an unfortunate own goal as it deflected off Richburg, up over and in, giving Styffler no chance.
Needing a win to secure the top spot in the league it was time to push forward, so ORSA switched to a 3-5-2 to start the second half. Within 10 minutes it was tied up. Damien Wolfe stuck in a lovely free kick from 25 yards, simply putting it in the corner beside the misplaced wall and then Luke Dye stuck one in to make up for last week. It was all ORSA and we should have been 4-3 up as a cast iron penalty for a handball on the line was denied by the unsighted referee. This seemed to disgruntle ORSA and the game became more even, then suddenly ORSA were behind again. I can't remember there goal. ORSA then just took over again. Savannah King was outstanding in midfield, kicking everything that moved, but with no little creativity. This is not the most beautiful team in the world, but some very nice passages of play from Luke Dye, Brandon Swartz, Max lane, Ian McClaughlin and Damien Wolfe served notice to Meadville that ORSA was not done. Micaela Zdarko had subbed in well and Chris Morgan and Crystal Coon were solid as ever in defence. With just 5 minutes remaining Wolfe exchanged passes with Lane and Dye and he then launched another cracker into the corner to record his 7th goal of the season to tie him up with Lane on the season and bring the game to a tie. ORSA pushed forward for the winner, even Morgan got in on the act and passed the half way line, but Meadville hung on and really should have scored with the last kick of the game. In the end 4-4 was a fair result.

ORSA U17 vs Greenville - 05/11/14

posted May 18, 2014, 8:17 PM by Thomas Pfennigwerth

ORSA u17 won 4-1 home against a good Greenville team who are mysteriously bottom of the league.
Greenville offered solid resistance, but rarely threatened and when they did, guest goalie Tim Swartzfager was sharp and attentive in goal.
In a man of the match performance, Damien Wolfie Wolfe lead the way with his pace and awareness leading him to a hat-trick, one of which was a peach of a shot over the goalie from long range. Beautiful. Bailey Pifer got the scoring started with a stab on a shot from Luke Dye to ensure it found the net.
ORSA should probably have won by more with several players squandering good opportunities due to poor finishing.
The central midfield again struggled to keep the shape and attack and defense becoming separated again. ORSA were strong again in defense with Morgan continuing his excellent season and Micaela Zdarko having a very solid game at right back.
In truth though ORSA were just too strong for a pleasant Greenville team and go into this weekends game in second place.
The title is being contested between ORSA, Mercer and Meadville, so this weekends game away at Meadville may well be decisive for the season

ORSA U17 at Mercer - 05/04/14

posted May 6, 2014, 7:42 PM by Thomas Pfennigwerth

ORSA U17 drew 2-2 away at Mercer. The smaller, skillful Mercer team showed some good play on a huge field with wind and slope having their affect. However a decent game occurred as ORSA battled hard and a draw was a fair result even if it was the result of an extremely dubious penalty decision.
ORSA started slowly and could have been behind early except for Morgan and Stryffler coming to the rescue defensively. Against the run of play Max lane battled through the defence and nodded it past the keeper to open the scoring. It was a close game with ORSA's 4-1-4-1 formation struggling to cope with the size of the pitch and keep shape while supporting the lone striker. Too often the center midfield players pushed forward and were unable to get back, leaving the defence exposed, even with McClaughlin playing holding midfield. Joey Weaver best managed to hold the shape together, by staying more central and pushing on less. Mercer generally bypassed the center particularly going down their left where Savannah King, Crystal Coon and Chris Morgan work hard and well to stop them. Eventually Mercers passing game paid dividends and they tied it up before half time.
For the 2nd half coaches Richards and Euchler (the oldest coaches in the league, 108 years between them) decided to switch from a 5 man midfield and add a second striker to support Lane, so going 4-4-2. Swartz, McClaughlin and Wolfee took that role. The plan was to continue to have the Mercer defense turn and try and cope with pace. McClaughlin, Dye and Lane played some delightful passes through and behind the Mercer defense to stretch them. However the game took a turn as Malik Richburg was adjudged to have fouled in the box, despite getting all ball. The cocky penalty taker duly dispatched to make it 2-1. The game became a little edgy as Richburg took the fight to Mercer regardless of whether he was left back, left midfield, center back or center midfield. He was eventually "asked to take a break" to relax for a few minutes. to be fair ORSA was just a bigger, older team, so while aggressive, some of the "pushing" fouls were very dubious. With Malik off the field, Savannah King took his place. Luke Dye decided to bang his eye into a tiny defender with beautiful results as he sported a shiner which could be his prom date.
With 15 minutes to go and Richburg restored he won posession just inside Mercers half and using his and Lane's special method went forward striking the ball from 30 yards out which looped over the keeper into the net to tie it up. Brilliant.
It looked like ORSA would win it as they pressed late on, but the huge pitch had taken its toll.
Honorable mention to Zach Stryffler in goal who made several fine saves and clearances, he is having a fine season. A Good team performance all round, this team is finding its character and has lots of heart. With 2 wins and a draw we are in charge of our destiny. Player of the game honors have to go to Malik Richburg for entertainment value, being involved in everything and giving 110%

ORSA U17 vs Clarion 4/13/14

posted Apr 14, 2014, 10:06 PM by Thomas Pfennigwerth

ORSA u17 won away at Clarion 6-2. The game was troubled by high wind, which was difficult to deal with at times. Clarion's young team lead 1-0 at the half after an evenly fought contest with Wolfe and Pifer going close. The second half was dominated by the wind assisted ORSA and Max Lane capitalized with 5 goals. Bailey Pifer nudged in the other from close rangeto net her 2nd ever goal for the club. The Oil Region defense was very solid, with good performances all round and Chris Morgan outstanding. Zach Stryffeler marked his ORSA debut with a solid performance in goal making several solid saves. Brandon Swartz was creative and thoughtful in midfield while Micaela Zdarko in midfield and defense gave her best ever showing for ORSA.
A good overall effort with everyone having plenty of opportunity and a good time. It is impossible not to name Max Lane as player of the game for his calmness and finishing for his goals, but the entire team put in a lot of effort and hustle earning a good result to start the season.

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