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.

Pipeline 2008 Boys Red

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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Time Again for Seahawks Football

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The first game of the season for the Seahawks was against Old Mill. To clarify, it was the South River Seahawks. The team is composed of boys 12 and under.

My grandson, Leo, plays wide receiver and running back for them. Tonight he saw time in both roles.

Today, was the first time I had seen the team together. My first impression was how much some of the boys had grown since the end of last season. I noticed they seemed to enjoy being together as they practice plays warming up.

South River Seahawks

The game was a hard-fought game on both sides. The boys, young men, on both teams gave their counterparts no quarter. The pursuit of the ball carrier was aggressive and tackles hard. Most of the scores were the result of long pass plays.

I was impressed with Leo’s play. His blocks kept his opponent out of the play and several times he pulled his man after him as he ran pass routes. He has gotten taller, faster, bulked up some, and gained an appreciation for the nuances of playing wide receiver.

South River Seahawks is a team with great prospects for the coming season. An offensive line that protects the quarterback and opens running lanes. A defensive line that makes the opponent struggle to move the ball. A good backfield and receiving corps. A well-balanced team.

I look forward to attending future games when my soccer coaching allows. I encourage anyone in the Annapolis-Baltimore area to make time to watch one of the South River Seahawks’ games.

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Fort McHenry, National Monument and Historic Shrine

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My wife and I visited Fort McHenry for the first time in many, many years.

We went to get lifetime passes to national parks before the price increases. The price for senior’s lifetime park pass goes from $10.00 to $80.00 on 28 August 2017. Seniors, take advantage of this great deal.

Passes in hand, we did a walking tour of the fortifications that make up the Fort. The first thing I noticed were the signs of the reconstruction work. The signs reminded us that our pass fees help pay for the work.

We noticed a crowd gathered along the walkway to the base of the fortifications. Closer, we heard a guide dressed in uniform describing the actions of a cannon crew. The crew went through the processes in cleaning the barrel of obstructions, cooling the barrel with a swab, and other preparations through and including mimicing discharging the cannon.

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We watched the cannon crew demonstrate the process twice and we prepared to leave. Then the crew changed the demonstration. They dropped a blank shot into the barrel, rammed it home, and fired the cannon. It shocked some of the observers by how loud it was.

The first stop inside the fortification was picture time of the mast flying a 32-foot by 40-foot flag. This was the size of the flag flown on the morning Francis Scott Key wrote the national anthem.

We didn’t tour the buildings but climbed to a point on the fortifications where we could take selfies with the Key Bridge in the background.

Reacquainted with this monument and historic shrine, we think it would make a great day trip. Besides the fortifications, there is a grand expanse of green lawn and benches line the walkway fronting the harbor. This is a place to enjoy the day while viewing a piece of history.

Visit Fort McHenry to learn about a major moment in history. #mywana #nationalparks #ontheporch… Click To Tweet

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Pipeline at Scrimmage Fest 2017

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The 2017 Scrimmage Fest was held 12 August. Multiple Pipeline Soccer Club girls’ soccer teams competed. The scrimmage fest provided the opportunity for a team to play against four other teams. Each game was 30 minutes. Two of my granddaughters were on teams.

Autumn played for the Pipeline 2010 girls’ black team in four scrimmage games. She had some experience as a goalkeeper from the year she played futsal. This was her first exposure to competitive club soccer and the coach started her as the goalkeeper in the first game. This being scrimmage, the coach rotated her to different positions and allowed other teammates to experience what it was like to play goalkeeper. The team won two and lost two games. This was a great learning experience for a team of 7-year-old girls.

Autumn

Elizabeth also played four games as a guest player on the Pipeline 2006 girls red team. She and several of her black team playmates augmented the red team for the scrimmage fest. This complicated and hindered their success since the girls from each team had not trained or played together. These four games ended up as an opportunity for having feet on ball.

scrimmage fest

The scrimmage fest allowed both girls to compete against quality competition in their age groups. It was an opportunity without the pressure of league or tournament where wins have importance. Every team should consider playing in a similar event.

Scrimmage events permit players and team to compete against teams of comparable ages. #soccer… Click To Tweet

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