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Schedule change

The Pipeline 2008 Boys Red are moving indoors for the winter season. This means a change to practice days. There are now Monday and Tuesday instead of Tuesday and Thursdays. As a result, I won’t be posting weekly on Monday. Look for new posts on Sunday.

Thanksgiving

We spent Thanksgiving with my daughter’s family and their friends who were visiting from Iowa. My wife prepared two turkeys. One was traditional, stuffed, and cooked in the oven. The other smoked with pecan chips. Both were hits with everyone.

Grandson’s Birthday

Bradley’s first double-digit birthday was today, Sunday. He was able to spend days leading up to it with his long-time friends from Iowa. His birthday wish was to have a peanut butter crème cheesecake. My wife found a recipe that uses her newly acquired Instant Pot and gave him a seven-inch birthday present. Put ten candles on it and let the boy enjoy. Fortunately, Lori made a couple of five-inch versions for the rest of us. The rest of us shared one of the five-inchers while Bradley’s older sister claimed one for herself.

Black Friday

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In the past, we have avoided the crowds screaming for Black Friday sales. There are multiple other days when comparable sales occur. There are sales on Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Black Friday, Christmas pre-sales, Christmas post-sales, and even New Year’s Day. Sometimes there are sales not associated with a holiday.

I had to pick up a prescription at Sam’s. We were presently surprised to find the place only moderately busy. In addition to my medicine, we found something for grandchildren’s Christmas. Feeling lucky, we went on our weekly shopping at the Commissary but found it closed. The attached Navy Exchange was wall-to-wall people. The checkout lines ran down the main aisle. This may be the reason why Sam’s was moderately busy. Or it could be all of the dedicated Black Friday shoppers were finished and asleep at home.

This year’s experience did nothing to convince us we want to become part of the Black Friday Shoppers Club.

Christmas Season

I am looking forward to Christmas this year. I will be retiring in January after 51 plus years employed. 25 years and some months and days in the US Navy and more employed as a consultant to the Navy.  I am not worried about having things to keep me active in retirement. More about that another time.

I would enjoy hearing about your Thanksgiving and Black Friday experiences. Leave a comment using the form below.

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Thanksgiving Blog Potpourri

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Today is blog day for Thanksgiving week. I selected Monday as the day to update everyone on the Pipeline 2008 Boys Red team. This week they spent the weekend without a game for the first time in several weeks. Thereby, leaving me without an easy topic to relate. The boys left me with a void to fill with a potpourri of topics.

Bye-bye pontoon

pontoon boat

We ended the boating season by selling our pontoon boat. We appreciated the hours we spent floating in the coves off the South River. But its size, 25-foot party barge, was a challenge for us to dock in the slip. Keep in mind that I am 70-year-old. Perhaps, if we had practiced more often, we would have become proficient.

Imho is at rest

Imho with Elizabeth

Saturday was a sad day for us. My wife and I had to take our daughter’s cat to be euthanized. I say our daughter’s, but the cat lived with us since 2006 or so. Imho was a black cat that came into our lives when it followed Tiffany back to her dorm. She was in college and couldn’t have a cat. Mom and Dad became his caretakers. Tiffany tried to reclaim him, but pet restrictions at her rentals meant Imho lived with us almost exclusively.

Moving on

Soccer action

My granddaughter played soccer for the Pipeline 2006 Girls Black team. Her team played in a tournament this weekend. They made the semi-finals but lost the game in the shoot-out. Elizabeth scored on her turn, but the team came up one score short. This was Elizabeth’s final game with the Pipeline Soccer Club. She is moving to another club.

I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. If you travel, be safe!

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Pipeline 2008 Boys Red at the Columbia Fall Classic

Pipeline Columbus Fall Classic

The Pipeline 2008 Boys played three games this weekend at the Columbia Fall Classic. The boys faced quality competition under adverse weather. When the tournament ended, Pipeline had lost one game and tied two.

The weekend weather was the coldest since last spring. The temperature at 7 am on Saturday was 22 degrees Fahrenheit. Game time at 11 was a warm forty. The weather was frigid; it played a little role in Pipeline’s loss.

Confuse me

Although I have watched many soccer games and assistant coached this team for two years, I saw something new.

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Trailing 4-3, Pipeline put a ball into the net. Everyone thought it was the tying goal. Instead, the referee calls no goal. He said there was a foul away from the scoring play by the other team. He took the score off and set up a PK for Pipeline. Unfortunately, Pipeline missed the PK, and the game went into the score book as a loss, 4-3.

Game two ended in a 1-1 tie. The weather was still in the 40’s, and Pipeline boys seemed lethargic after the disappointing loss. The other team scored first, and Pipeline countered shortly after.

Game three was another tie, 2-2. The game played at noon Sunday. The weather was again in the 40’s. Twice, Pipeline fell behind but fought back to even each time. As mentioned, final tournament results were no wins, one loss, and two ties.

Fall Season Over

Fall season started with two tournament games during a torrential downpour courtesy of leftovers from Hurricane Harvey. The second day’s game canceled. Pipeline played in a Labor Day tournament and was a finalist. The CMSSL season saw Pipeline 4-3. The Columbia Fall Classic saw the end of the boy’s fall season. The team had ups and downs, but the downs were fewer than the ups.

The team is off until after Thanksgiving. The team will move indoors for the winter. Next tournament will be in the spring.  Go Pipeline!

 

 

 

 

 

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Pipeline 2008 Boys Red vs. OBGC Red

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The game against Olney Boys and Girls Club (OBGC) Red was the last game in the fall Central Maryland Small Sided League (CMSSL) season. The Pipeline team was 4-3 entering the game. They won the game to finish the season 5-3.

This game quickly went in Pipeline’s favor. OBGC Red lacked substitutes and Pipeline played an up-tempo game which wore their opponents down. When the last whistle blew, Pipeline had netted ten goals to OBGC none. That the difference was not larger is a testament to the Red team boys playing well even when tired.

Looking back on the season, this could have been a year where the record was 7-1. Pipeline lost the first game of the season to BUSA by a 3-1 score. The team had several new players still learning the team’s style of play.

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The other loss was to Bethesda Soccer Club (BSC) Green. This game saw Bethesda scoring early, and the game stayed 1-0 through the first half. Each team scored three times in the second half. Pipeline scoring two of their three in the last ten minutes or so. The Pipeline boys were on a roll and might have gotten another score if they had a few more minutes of play.

The season is over, and the boys are looking forward the Columbus Fall Classic tournament this weekend. Go Pipeline!

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Pipeline 2008 Boys Red vs. BSC Green

Pipeline vs. BSCPipeline 2008 Boys Red trekked to Muldoon’s Farm to play Bethesda Soccer Club (BSC) Green team. The two teams tied in the league standings at four wins – two losses.

Muldoon’s Farm is home turf for Bethesda SC. The fields are well-kept and a pleasure to play on. If not for the long drive, the boys would enjoy having more games scheduled to play on these pitches.

The game started on time and followed the script for many of Pipeline’s games. The ball changed sides several times before they had a shot on goal that found the corner of the net, behind Pipeline’s goalkeeper.  The teams traded possessions multiple times without further scoring in the first half.

They started the second half with the ball, but didn’t possess it long before Pipeline won it away and challenged their goalkeeper. He was up for the task, making a nice save. BSC countered, but Pipeline goalkeeper made the save.

Finally, Pipeline drove one past their goalkeeper to even the score at one-one. The score remained such for only moments before BSC scored. Minutes later they scored again. The score stood at BSC three-Pipeline one until about the twenty-minute mark of the second half.

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The boys knew time was running out and stepped up play. Two excellent combinations of dribbling, passing, and strong shooting saw two goals for Pipeline. The score three-three with just minutes to go.

A misplay by Pipeline opened the door for BSC to score its fourth goal. BSC led four-three.  The game ended a few minutes later.

The pipeline 2008 Boys Red has one more game in this league season.  Scheduled for Pipeline’s home turf against OBGC Red. Come out and cheer them on. GO PIPELINE!

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Pipeline 2008 Boys Red vs Coppermine Bulls

Pipeline vs CoppermineThis week was not a good one for Pipeline 2008 Boys Red. The team ended up on the wrong side of the score in the game against Coppermine Bulls.

The game began with each team swapping possessions for the first few minutes. Pipeline’s opponent scored first with a hard shot into the left corner of Pipeline’s goal. Score Coppermine 1 Pipeline 0.

A few possessions later, a hard shot struck Pipeline’s goalkeeper over his left eye. He was unable to play the rest of the game. The ball that took him from the game went out for a goal kick. Adding insult to injury, they scored off the corner kick.  Them 2 Pipeline 0.

Pipeline 2008 Boys RedPipeline fought hard and finally put one into the goal. Unfortunately, they scored two more times making the score Coppermine 4 Pipeline 1.

Pipeline suffered two more scores from their corner kicks in the first half to go with two goals from outside the penalty box while Pipeline managed one more score against Coppermine’s strong defense. Coppermine 8 Pipeline 2.

The second half saw an improved defensive play by Pipeline against a storming Coppermine offense. Pipeline held them to three more goals against one for Pipeline. The game ended Coppermine 11 Pipeline 3.

The team gained valuable experience against a more talented team. Commend them for their continued hard play throughout the game.

Next game is against the BSC/Green team which also has four wins and two losses. Go Pipeline!

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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.

Pipeline vs FSC-2

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.

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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