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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.