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Player reviews of recent games.
Game Review: FC Zurich
Saturday Feb. 28, 2015
Date of game: Saturday Feb. 28, 2015
Team played and result: FC Zurich, Loss 4-1
The game on Saturday Feb. 28 was my second official game with FCF Rapid Lugano and I am really loving the level of competition and the style of play I’ve seen in this league.
After playing our first game in a blizzard, I am happy to report that our game against FC Zurich was played with clear skies and moderate temperatures, which I greatly appreciated. FC Zurich was a very talented team. They were athletic, strong, AND skilled, making them difficult to break down defensively. We started the game in a 4-2-3-1 formation with the intention of closing down space for Zurich in the midfield and limiting chances for their forwards. The game got off to a rough start in the first minute after a Zurich player turned, beat two of our players and then crossed it into the box for an awaiting teammate to finish in the goal. But despite going down 1-0 early in the game, we fought hard and managed to keep them to only one goal in the first half. We eventually tied the game with 5 minutes left in the first half off of good defensive pressure, which resulted in stealing the ball in our offensive third and quickly attacking. Vale crossed the ball to Cora, who made a hard fun to beat the keeper and poke the ball into the net near post. Overall, the coaching staff and all the players were very pleased with the team’s first half performance and so was I! We were holding our own against a formidable opponent and slowly gaining momentum offensively.
The second half was a slightly different story. Once again, Zurich came and scored early when a Zurich player headed the ball into the goal from a corner kick. Although going down 2-1 wasn’t necessarily a crushing blow, it was definitely a momentum swing in favor of Zurich and as it turned out, we couldn’t quite overcome their pressure. Zurich ended up scoring 2 more goals, one more off a set piece, and then controlling most of the rest of the game. As a team, we couldn’t quite find a rhythm to keep possession of the ball in the second half and we were giving the ball away too often once we did win it, which made it hard to put together a quality attack. We fought hard until the end, but unfortunately came up short with a final score of 4-1. The whole team was pleased with at least part of our performance in the game and our grit throughout. It was a memorable and exciting experience to play against FC Zurich and I know I definitely had fun playing against such great competition. As a team, I think we learned a lot about playing the ball quickly and efficiently to break down opponents, which is something we will surely take with us to our future games.
Everyone is now gearing up and preparing for our game next Saturday. We have practice tonight (Monday), Tuesday and Thursday to strategize and get focused. I’ll be back next week with a full recap of our next game again SC Schwyz. Go Lugano!!
Game Review: FC Schwyz,
and FC Kirchberg,
Saturday March 7 and March 14, 2015
Date of game: Saturday March 7 and March 14, 2015
Team played and result: FC Schwyz 3-2, and FC Kirchberg 6-0 - Both wins for FC Lugano.
Since I’ve last posted an update, the team has played 2 games. The first game was against FC Schwyz and our most recent game was against FC Kirchberg. Both games were wins for FCF Rapid Lugano, so it has been a successful two weeks here in Switzerland!! The game versus FC Schwyz was a very close one and it came down to the last seconds- literally!! We started the game in a 4-2-3-1 formation. I played holding midfield and assumed more of a defensive role. The first half drab for us because we were unable to generate quality attacking opportunities. The half consisted of the opponent playing long balls in behind our defense, constantly putting us under pressure. We were not able to hold the ball and establish quality possession in our attacking third, which led to us going into halftime down 1-0. Despite a lackluster first half performance from the team, we came back fighting and were able to get a goal within the first 15 minutes of the half. Unfortunately, this was followed quickly by another FC Schwyz goal. Being down 2-1 with about 15 minutes left to play, we knew that we had to start taking some serious risks going forward and applying lots of pressure offensively. In the final minutes, the referee awarded us a penalty kick, and Cora scored it for us! Time was winding down, but we definitely had the momentum going into the final minutes. The last play of the game was a corner kick and Veronika, our center defender, scored off a header! It was exhilarating (and also incredibly nerve-wracking!)
Our next game was this past Saturday and it was nice to play in our home stadium after a few weeks on the road. FC Kirchberg was ranked last in the league standings, but that just meant that we had nothing to lose, so we needed to come out focused and play hard from the starting whistle. We changed our formation into a 4-3-3, where I played attacking midfield and worked to make runs forward and play-make with the forwards. From opening kick off, we had control of the game. The ball was constantly in their half and we were applying lots of pressure. We were not able to score a goal, however, until about 10 minutes left in the half when Vale dribbled and shot over the keeper’s head. This was soon followed by another corner kick goal from Veronka. Going into half time 2 goals up was satisfying, but we knew we had more to give. We came out hard once again in the second half and scored early and often. The final score of the game was 6-0 and it probably could have been more! I am happy to say that I got my first goal and assist this game (in a game that actually counts, not just a scrimmage). I was very excited!
Overall, the team is feeling good about where we stand in the league and we look forward to our next game on Wednesday against FC Schlieren. It is a quick turn around and we do have some players who are a bit injured. But I think with a few days of practice or healing, we will be ready to take the pitch on Wednesday! I’m feeling healthy and eager to play the next game and I look forward to updating you all again!
Game Review: FC Schwyz,
and FC Kirchberg,
Saturday March 7 and March 14, 2015
Date of game: Wednesday March 18 and Saturday March 21, 2015
Team played and result: FC Schlieren 4-0, and 3-1 - Both wins for FC Lugano.
It’s been another eventful and exciting week here in Lugano! The soccer has been in full force as we conclude our regular season games. This past week, we played FC Schlieren twice, first on Wednesday evening and then again this past Saturday. Wednesday was a home game and it’s always nice to play in front of a home crowd! The game was very good. We won 4-0 and controlled much of the game. Our strategy was to attack the Schlieren back line aggressively and break down their defense. Overall, we were successful in our goal and came out with a victory. With that loss, Schlieren was out of playoff contention. However, there is still a lot for them to play for because they don’t want to move down to the lower division.
On Saturday, we played at their home field on a cold, rainy evening. Their field was a bit smaller than ours, so we had to change our game plan slightly and focus on keeping possession, switching the point of attack and then finding seams to slip in the forwards to get in behind the defense. We played in a 3-5-2 with the two forwards playing stacked, one on top of the other. Once again, we dominated for the vast majority of the game and ended up winning 3-1. Their goal came towards the end of the game and despite a nice finish from the Schlieren player, we still had the better of the scoring chances and more possession of the ball than Schlieren did throughout the game. It was nice to finish a tough stretch of games with 2 convincing wins. Now, we are onto our next game, which is the final game of the regular season before we start the playoffs. To end the season, we are playing the number 1 ranked team in Lega Nazionale B, SC Derendingen. I’m excited for this game because I’ve never played against this team before and I’m looking forward to a competitive and intense game of soccer. The game will be home for us on Saturday, March 28th at 8:00 pm and I know the team is ready to go. We have practice again tonight to top off a solid week of training in preparation for the big match. I’ll let you all know how it goes!
Until next time, Arrivederci!!