Dunwoody Wildcats vs Cambridge Lady Bears JV Soccer – Wednesday, February 28th
A rampant Dunwoody Wildcats team scored 5 unanswered goals against the Lady Bears on Wednesday.
The first Wildcats goal came as early as the 4th minute after a fine pass from midfield. Ashley Spina (41) in the Bears goal did well to save the initial shot, but the ball rebounded kindly for a tap in. 1-0.
The Bears put the Wildcats under some pressure in the 11th minute but could not find the back of the net. A couple of minutes later the Wildcats almost doubled their lead but the ball was ruled not have fully crossed the goal line.
It was 2-0 in 17th minute as another fine pass from midfield split the Bears defense and the Wildcats forward finished well. Ashley Spina (41) made a great save by diving at the striker's feet in the 19th minute with Lilah Cunningham (23) then blocking the follow up.
Safiya Said (24) went on a good run in midfield in the 25th minute and almost released Sarah Fazzari (21) but for a timely interception by a Wildcats defender. As the half entered the last 5 minutes a nice turn and shot from Abby Fields (22) went just wide.
A vital interception in the 31st minute from Alis Petty (28) brought temporary respite, but a few seconds later, the Wildcats added a third goal direct from a free kick, 20 yards out. Half time 3-0.
From a deep throw-in in the 38th minute, the Bears created panic in the Wildcats penalty area as the ball bounced around dangerously, unfortunately it didn't fall kindly to threaten a goal.
The Wildcats went further ahead in the 40th minute with a fine finish low into the corner. 4-0. Four minutes later it was 5-0. Ashley Spina (41) again made a great stop but the ball fortuitously rebounded to a Wildcats player to roll it into an empty net!
The Bears kept trying and Elle Cheevers (27) shot just wide in the 52nd minute after some bright play in midfield. Good pressing from the Bears in the Wildcats area almost gave Sarah Fazzari (21) a chance a minute later. The Bears then won a corner in the 54th minute. Elle Cheevers (27) almost heading the ball in.
As the clock was running down, a rocket of a shot from Elle Cheevers (27) was acrobatically tipped over preventing an almost certain goal. The game ended 5-0 to the Wildcats.
Alpharetta Raiders vs Cambridge Lady Bears JV Soccer – Monday, March 5th
After last week's heavy loss, the Bears played bravely on Monday night but could not prevent the Alpharetta Raiders from winning by two goals to one.
The Bears started well, forcing a corner in the 3rd minute. A fine shot from Sarah Fazzari (21) in the 5th minute was then saved by the Raiders goalkeeper.
Just as the Bears were beginning to find some joy down the right wing, the Raiders took the lead via a free kick 25 yards out. 1-0 Raiders.
Ashley Spina (41) then kept the Bears in the game with a couple of vital saves 12th and 15th minutes as the Raiders threatened to double the lead. A Bears freekick a few moments later, taken by Abby Fields (22) from the right was well defended by the Raiders. Mariah Naegle (34) forced the Raiders goalkeeper to make a good save in the 23rd minute from a corner.
In the dying minutes of the half, Ashley Spina (41) had to make an alert diving save to her right. There was still time for the Raiders to hit the bar with a shot just before the half ended, 1-0 Raiders at half time.
An attacking start from the Bears saw Erica Quinn (37) play a penetrating ball from midfield that just failed to reach the Bears forwards. A few minutes later, an important defensive interception from Elle Cheevers (27) was required to prevent the ball from reaching the Raiders forward line.
A lung bursting 70-yard run from Erica Quinn (37) in the 41st minute had the Bears fans on their feet as she slotted the ball under the despairing dive of the Raiders goalkeeper. The ball rolling in slow motion, just over the line. 1-1.
Three minutes later, a shot on the turn from Abby Fields (22) sailed just over as the Bears searched for a second goal. Abby Fields (22) again with a nice turn and shot in the 46th minute, this time the Raiders goalie did well to hold onto the ball.
The Bears failed to clear a Raiders corner in the 51st minute allowing their striker to thump the ball on target and take the lead again. 2-1 Raiders.
The Bears kept going but the Raiders were proving to be resilient opponents. Abby Fields (22) almost bundled the ball in, 4 minutes from time, but it wasn't to be. Another loss for the Bears, despite a good team performance.
We travel to Johns Creek next on Monday, March 12th. Game time is 7:30pm.