PIPELINE 2008 Boys Red vs FSC

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Saturday’s game was Pipeline 2008 Boys Red against the Frederick Soccer Club (FSC). The game played on the FSC field.

The weather cooperated today. The rain lasted through the drive to the game but passed before everyone arrived. Though not suffering rain, the boys did contend with the slick playing surface.

The hard play from the previous weekend tournament continued through the week at practices. The training scrimmages emphasized players moving to space and demanding the ball when open. A by-product was the ball handler recognizing team mate’s movements and making good passes. Success was the receiving player slamming a goal into one of the training nets. At the end of the night, both scrimmage teams had numerous scores. Good training sessions.

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Pipeline vs FSC

Pipeline 2008 Boys Red brought the week’s lessons to the game. Communications and ball distribution were good as in the latest league games and matched recent tournament games. The aggressive nature of their play kept FSC off their game, keeping FSC in their end of the pitch most of the game. The final score: 7-0. The shutout reflects the fine play of the team’s goalkeepers.

Pipeline 2008 Boys Red are now 4-1 in CMSSL. The loss came in the first game of the season. Wish them the best in the remaining three games.

 

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Pipeline 2008 Boys Red at SAC Columbus Day Tournament

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The SAC Columbus Day Tournament ended with PIPELINE SC RED (MD) in the finals against MARYLAND RUSH MONTGOMERY LIONS 08B (MD).

The route to the finals started with a game at 8 am Saturday against CARROLL MANOR FORCE (MD). Pipeline took an early lead but was not able to hold it.  Both teams had moments of elite performance but also defensive lapses leading to scores by the opposing team. The final was Carroll Manor 5, Pipeline 4.

SAC Columbus Day Tournament

Pipeline – Carroll Manor

Losing the first game in a four-team bracket made the second game a must-win. FREEDOM FORCE (MD) vs. Pipeline was the second meeting of the teams in barely thirty days. The first was in the September OBGC Tournament. Freedom Force defeated Pipeline in that game.

Saturday afternoon’s game was a spectators delight. The teams appeared matched offensively and defensively. Parents and coaches cheered many offensive runs only to see them stymied by excellent defensive plays or goalkeeper saves. The game was a hard fought by both teams with Pipeline on the right side of a 2-1 score.

SAC Columbus Day Tournament

Pipeline – Freedom Force

Sunday morning game was against PREMIER ATHLETICS PAC ’08B (VA). Pipeline took control of the game from the opening kickoff. Pipeline won 7-1.

Pipeline, having done what they could, waited for the results of the Freedom Force – Carroll Manor game. Freedom Force won the game 2-0. The boys were in the finals on a tie-break.

In the finals, Maryland Rush took an early lead and continued breaking through for scores. Pipeline played hard from whistle to whistle, but when the final blew, Maryland Rush had won the game 8-1.

Pipeline 2008 Boys Red may not have won the championship, but they made a memorable impression on coaches, parents, and fans with their hard play whether winning or losing. The team looks forward to the November tournament.

GO PIPELINE!

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Pipeline 2008 Boys Red vs SPGH Tsunami

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The team has been on a roll, winning the last two games. Would the streak continue against a quality team?

First noticed was a difference between the previous two games and this one was the chilly temperature and a blustery breeze. The breeze took time off as the game started. The sun remained hidden behind thick dark clouds for most of the playing day. Far different from the last two games, played on sunny, hot days. The players came to the pre-game warmup wearing jackets or sweatshirts. It didn’t take long for them to remove the outerwear.

Pipeline started the game with the ball. The boys continued their unselfish play, passing the ball and communicating as in past games. The aggressive play brought the first score minutes into the first half.

Pipeline’s excellent defensive play kept Tsunami in their half. Shortly, Pipeline forced a turnover. A swarming attack overwhelmed Tsunami’s defense for a second score. Leading 2-0, Pipeline continued playing as they train but couldn’t penetrate for another score.

Severna Park had the ball to start the second half. Pipeline seemed to forget the things that made them successful the two previous games. True they communicated, asking for the ball, and passing but not to the degree in the first half. As often happens, when one team slows the other steps up. Tsunami stepped up their play enough to break thru and score. Pipeline 2, Tsunami 1.

Pipeline vs SPGH Tsunami

The remaining fifteen or so minutes were more a scramble by both teams for possession of the ball. The ball changed hands multiple times, but neither team scored. Pipeline boys, thanks to good work by the goalkeeper, survived two late minute direct kicks from just outside the penalty area.

Finally, the referee blew the whistle ending the game. Pipeline 2008 Boys Red continued its winning streak with a 2-1 victory over Severna Park Green Hornets Tsunami.

The next challenge for the team is the Columbus Day Tournament this coming weekend. Pass good vibes to the team in your comments.

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Pipeline 2008 Boys Red against Bethesda 2008 Black

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Pipeline 2008 Boys Red’s game Saturday was against Bethesda Black. The game was a home game for Bethesda at Muldoon’s Farm.The farm has several fields marked for soccer. The field for this game seemed suitable for 9v9 games. Pipeline 2008 Boys Red play 7v7.

The early arrivals helped set up the second goal. Then they shot goals against a parent playing goalkeeper. The slick grass, wet with dew, slowed down shots. The boys learned that passing and shooting requires hard strikes on the ball.

Pipeline got off to a slow start. The wet grass made challenges difficult, many slips. Passes came up short and the opponents proved technically proficient. The game remained scoreless for several minutes before Pipeline pushed one past Bethesda’s goalkeeper.

A goal in hand, the boys seemed to change gears. The grass dried and footing improved. Passes became crisper and firmer. Shots found the goal.

Bethesda 2008 Boys Black rate a well-done even in defeat. They contested the game with seven players. They played hard from the first whistle to last but Pipeline’s sideline-to-sideline and goal box to goal box style wore them down in the second half.

Passing and calls for the ball have become

normal for this team. Unselfish play is something a coach appreciates and helps teams become successful.

Pipeline won 11-0. This is the second consecutive game in which at least half the team scored one or more goals.

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From last week’s game

The boys should feel proud of their play the last 2.5 games. They are improving steadily and have the potential to defeat any team in their bracket. However, they have to avoid overconfidence. The teams they have left to play are quality teams, capable of defeating them.

Let’s not look to next Saturday but revel in the success of this past Saturday. Congratulations, again, for a well-played game.

 

 

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Pipeline 2008 Boys Red vs FCSC

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It became obvious they looked forward to the coming game. Once everyone was present, the team warmed up using the exercises they knew from training. The game started on time.

Pipeline boys had the ball first.  The striker sent the ball wide and within the first minute, Pipeline scored. This set the tone for the rest of the game. Rewarding coach and parents, the boys continued to dominate in the match. Halftime, the score was 6-1. A handball penalty in the box resulted in a penalty kick by our opponents being netted.

Pipeline continued to dominate in the second half. The boys were energized, talking to each other, making good passes and scoring. The final score was 14-1. This made the team’s record 1-1 early in the season.

The boys deserve credit for more than winning a game against a less talented opponent. They should be applauded for applying skills and technics the coaches have drilled in evening training sessions.

As the game progressed, the coach rotated players into unfamiliar positions. Defenders attacked and attackers were defenders. In the end, seven of the ten boys scored at least one goal.

The parents who support bring the boys to practice and games deserve recognition. As a coach, something appreciated is to show up at the appointed show time and find the boys juggling, shooting on a goal or passing among themselves or with parents. We, the coaches, appreciate the parents who get their boy to practices and games on time. We, also, appreciate hearing them cheering for Pipeline even when the game is not in our favor. No other team has more dedicated parents. Thank you.

This weekend was my third game as solo coach. Thank you, team and parents, for your support.

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Soccer weekend with Pipeline

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Pipeline Soccer Club had a full schedule of games this weekend.

Two games were of particular interest to me. The first involved Autumn, my granddaughter. The second had my team playing. My granddaughter, Elizabeth would have had a game but she went on vacation Sunday morning with her family.

Pipeline 2010 Girls Black

Autumn’s team, Pipeline 2010 Girls Black, played Bethesda Soccer Club. I missed the game so I have third-hand details. I understand Bethesda took a 3-0 lead before the Pipeline girls began a comeback. The offense found the goal and the defense stepped up to give Pipeline a 6-4 victory.

Last week, Pipeline 2008 Boys Red played in the drenching rain. Drenching the boys and turf. The mess made it difficult on players, coaches, and parents.

This week, the team played in nearly ideal conditions. The temperature was mild with the sun playing peek-a-boo through the clouds. The ground dry but rough in some places, especially in front of the goal. This challenged the boys in striking shots on goal.

Pipeline 2008 Boys Red

The game was against BUSA Rangers. Pipeline played the best game of this fall season but came up short, 1-3. The takeaway from the game is that the team improved several aspects of their play. The positional play was much improved from last weeks aborted tournament. Communication between players improved also. Good signs that the rest of the season will find Pipeline 2008 Boys Red with some solid wins.

Congratulations to the 2010 Girls Black for their victory. I look forward to reporting wins for both teams next week.

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Pipeline Soccer Club at OGBC Capital Cup Labor Day Tournament

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When the Pipeline 2008 Boys Red team agreed to play in the 2017 OBGC Capital Cup Labor Day Tournament, they were not prepared for the remnants of Hurricane Harvey to make an appearance.

The first game was 10 a.m. against Freedom Force. Harvey showed early and stayed around for the game. His contribution led to soaked players and coaches. Freedom weathered the rain and defeated Pipeline.

The second game was 4:30 p.m. against Hereford Maroon. The heavy band of rain came through just before game time and Harvey made his presence known once during the game. Hereford Maroon won this game.

After the game, parents wondered why all the boys were gathered in a corner of the field. The investigation revealed they had located a four-foot snake. Was it there during the game? No one knew. What kind was it? I don’t know and didn’t ask.

The team was scheduled for a third game to be played Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Harvey was gone, the sun was shining and the temperature was warm. Perfect weather for another game. Unfortunately, the game was canceled. All games in our age group were canceled.

The results for the two games were disappointing. Everyone hoped for better but no one could fault the players for their play in adverse conditions. The boys were soaked before they completed warm-up for the first game. They remained that way through that game and most of the second. Yet, the play on the pitch was spirited. The subs were ready and answered up when called to sub in.

The tournament was an interesting way to open the 2017 fall season. I am interested in hearing how you spent the holiday weekend.

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