October 04, 2009

Goalies take advantage

As the roadsters continue to adjust to the rough concrete surface at the court, the advantage has swung to the goalies.

Sunday, Pig Farming Goalie and Twizzler were virtually impenetrable through the game's first half before the agrarian keeper's mates were finally able to start capitalizing on their chances to take a 10-8 victory. While both goalies made highlight reel saves, more often than not dangerous scoring plays turned into whiffed passes and harmless shots rolling into pads as forwards struggled to control the skipping ball.

"The players have less control of the ball," said Pig Farming Goalie, making a rare start. "There's a lot of weird bounces and ricochets. When they do make passes there's less chance they're going to connect."

"You throw it to your guy and the pass just bounces over their stick," moaned Beetle Boy. "People were getting away good passes but the court was just wreaking havoc with them."

"I think we're all still struggling with the courts and getting our timing," said Lak Attack, who's patented give-and-go attacks more often than not ended with the ball bouncing harmlessly into the corner instead of into the back of the net.

For more than an hour, both goalies took full advantage of their newfound edge as they limited each team to a single goal. With the speedsters neutralized and finesse fizzling, PFG and Twizzler relied on sound positioning and their insatiable appetite for smothering rebounds to keep control of the game.

"The game's a bit slower and they can see the ball coming a bit better," said Lak Attack.

"There was slightly less finesse out there, and what finesse there was, there wasn't a lot of finish to it," said Pig Farming Goalie.

At no time was that more apparent than on a penalty shot awarded to Velma early in the game, when the Colonel threw his stick at the sophomore speedster in a desperate attempt to stifle a scoring opportunity; as he swooped in on Twizzler, his feet moved faster than the ball and, as he reached back to try to regain control, it was too late, the lanky keeper had every scoring lane guarded.

The goals will come, said Lak Attack, when the roadsters adjust to simplify their game. "You have to play the dump and chase a bit more, try to hit the guy with a nice pass and get away the shots quickly."

"You're just going to have to run a little more," said Beetle Boy. "You can't depend on the outlet passes because the chances are they're not going to get to you."

But the very bounces that seemed to working for the goalies Sunday could just as easily go against them next week, said Pig Farming Goalie. That should make for an interesting, and occasionally frustrating season.

"We're under the same kind of randomness that was messing the players up," said the veteran shotstopper.

"The goalies also have to deal with some funny bounces, so I think it evens out in the end," said Lak Attack.

Posted by jaysuburb at October 4, 2009 08:02 PM

I think that's Colonel's way of saying "Start without me, I'm not coming."

Posted by: Scrappy at October 10, 2009 04:25 PM

It's going to be ccccoooooolllllllddddddd this Sunday.

Posted by: The Colonel at October 10, 2009 12:41 AM

Great pictures legend!

Posted by: Doo at October 4, 2009 09:53 PM

my knee is killing me, and i have a lovely dehydration headache going. it wasn't just the courts, that sun was deadly today.
hard fought, both teams. twizzler's play was exceptional. And stucco is absolutely the best description for that court.

Posted by: pfg at October 4, 2009 08:51 PM

Picture 6; scrappy is running away with my glove. I don't know how that happened.

Anyway I won't be there next week. Enjoy the stucco.

Posted by: Velma at October 4, 2009 08:08 PM