There has been an interesting reception for the boys in the hoops this season- unsatisfactory displays on the field have frustrated frequent game goers and certainly the men on the pitch. Some players are currently unavailable due to injuries but others who are fully fit an absent from the starting lineup are requested by name ("WE WANT WILL!" chants broke out as the second half kicked off yesterday). A fairly dull game of football from both teams yesterday even prompted some fans to leave at halftime; very disappointing considering the 120% effort that many of the men on the pitch put into yesterday's game.
The Pumas looked more promising in the attack than they had in previous matches. Alex Chavez and Sebastiaan Jansen stirred up the Timbers defense when the ball came through on the wings or through the middle and had some great chances to send it wide for a cross into the area. The frequent long balls that were played over the entire midfield were another story- decisively ineffective. By the second long ball from the back, the Timbers defense had posted up on both big men up top in the blue and white, giving them little hope of winning the ball and no one to flick it on to in the event that they beat two Timbers defenders to a header. Despite this frustrating predicament up top, our two strikers held strong and continued to hustle and create as many chances as they could.
|Player of the Month Brandon Scott|
|Man of the Match Cody Shelton|
In the end the 0-0 draw was not a fair reflection of the effort and performance from the men on the pitch. We should have had a penalty called in our favor when Daniels was dragged down in the box after narrowly avoiding two other fouls from the Timbers, and some ninja antics from Alex Chavez in the first half were denied as well. The shutout was well earned by Fenlason and the men in front of him but three points would obviously have been preferred.
Next weekend the Pumas are at Gordon Field again to face off against the Vancouver Whitecaps U23s, see you all there!