Saturday’s game was Pipeline 2007 Girls Black’s first game since finishing as a finalist in the APC Premier Cup Girls 2019 Spring Showcase.
These two teams played twice in the fall, but only one result counted.
The game that wasn’t
They played the first game on a day of torrential rain. The pitch was grass, wet, slick grass. The referee warned each team’s coach he would call the game if the girls slipped because of the wetness.
Pipeline girls jumped to a quick three-nil lead in the first fifteen minutes. However, two girls had slipped and fallen. The referee gave his warning again. He would call the game if another player fell. Two minutes later, a Pipeline girl slid while attempting to change direction. The game called with thirteen minutes to half time. Thirteen minutes to the game becoming a game of record. They would play the game when made up in entirety.
They meet again
The second game was played at Pipeline on grass late in the fall. The pitch had seen many games during the fall and was in fair, not good shape. The day was warm and dry. Pipeline jumped to a two-nil lead in the first half. Bethesda came back in the second half with two goals for a well-earned draw.
Saturday’s game was scarily like the second game in the fall. Pipeline got a goal and led one-nil at half time. They scored again early in the second half to lead two-nil.
Undeterred, Bethesda girls refused to go away. Time after time, Pipeline’s defense was scrambling to turn their opponent’s attack. And Pipeline’s goalkeeper challenged to smother shots, or to leave her line to reach the ball before Bethesda’s forwards could shoot.
Bethesda’s aggressive play paid off with a goal with less than five minutes to play. Encouraged by the score, Bethesda continued to pressure Pipeline up to the final whistle to lose this game one-two.
Will they meet again?
The coaches are hoping the teams will meet again during President’s Cup. Pipeline and Bethesda are in different brackets meaning they need to win their bracket to play each other again. Here’s hoping they are successful in the competition and meet again this fall.
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