Four games from 6-17 through 6-26
27 June by LS
The Strikers U12 team had four games from June 17 through the 26th.
On Monday the 17th, the Strikers travelled to River Falls in a rematch from the first game of the season. The Strikers team were low on numbers, having only 10 players for the match after borrowing Waseem to play.
The first 10-15 minutes of the game were fairly bright for the Strikers in terms of moving the ball down the field. However, it was due mostly to individual effort with little passing involved.
In tehe 5th minute, one of the River Falls players picked up the ball inside the box, resulting in a penalty. Waseem was given the ball for the PK and he made no mistake, firing into the back of the net and putting the Strikers up 1-0.
In the 12th minute, the Strikers did not handle a goal kick and the River Falls player went down the center and scored to even the game at 1-1.
The Strikers did not put much together from a passing perspective, and because of that struggled to possess the ball for any extended time.
While still taking shots on goal, the Strikers could not get a second from midpoint of the first half through much of the second half.
With only five minutes to play, the defense for the Strikers was turned around and let the River Falls players split the defense and go 1-1 versus Jackson, who was left on an island and could not make the stop.
Only two minutes later, the same scenario happened again, the Strikers defenders did not clear the ball and the River Falls players stormed in 2 v 1 and scored again, making the final score 3-1 to River Falls.
On June 20th, the Strikers travelled to New Richmond for a non-league game.
Things started great for the Strikers with Grant scoring only two minutes into the game. Things were quiet then and New Richmond leveled the game in the 12st minute.
Miles fired in a long range shot in the 26th minute to put the Strikers back on top and then Brody started a move by passing to Miles who played to Peyton, back to Miles to Peyton for a fine goal in what was the highlight of the night for the Strikers, making the score 3-1 right at halftime.
There was not much happening for the first 12 minutes of the second half, but then Gaige scored a goal to make the score 4-1. The Strikers were cruising along and seemed to be playing well.
With 10 minutes to play, the tide was beginning to turn. The Strikers were not possessing the ball at all and New Richmond scored a goal and looked to gain momentum.
Only two minutes later, they scored another goal and only one minute later, they scored the goal that levelled the score at 4-4. Coach Schmidgall was too slow to make changes that should have been made and it all the momentum was on the New Richmond side. With only two minutes to play, New Richmond scored what would be the game winnner scoring 4 unanswered goals and leaving the Strikers with the 5-4 loss.
On June 24th the River Falls U11 team came to Casper park.
In a game that started well for the Strikers, things just kept getting better.
Gaige scored 5 goals on the night, Peyton had 2 and Brody chipped in with one. Nathan, Peyton and Miles all had assists on one of the goals.
Tatem was bright on defense playing in multiple positions and Grant was solid in the center of midfield. Mitchell was in goal and the defense only allowed one solid shot for the River Falls team.
On June 26th, the Strikers played their last regular season game in Somerset.
The game started well for the Strikers here, and Gaige put them in front early, with the defense doing a good job of keeping Mitchell from having to do much of anything early on.
However, as the game progressed, the Strikers defenders tended to get too far forward and the Somerset players were able to attack forcing Mitchell into some wonderful stops.
In the second half, Owen and Kael were able to run down the left side and provide several good crosses for the forwards to attack with one of Kael's best landing at Gaige's feet for his second goal of the game.
Still Somerset did not give up and made a few piercing runs and putting Mitchell to the test, which he was up to on each occassion. With less than 10 minutes to play, some good passing down the left side led to Nathan having time and space and making a near perfect pass into Gaige who controlled and fired home for his third goal of the night, making the final score 3-0 in the Strikers favor.
For the four games over 10 days, the Strikers came out with two wins and two losses.