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Sept. 15, 2019 -- Sometimes it's not how you start, but how you finish that matters. That was certainly true Sunday at Douglass Park, as the Methacton United Charge overcame a 3-0 deficit to stun Boyertown 5-3.
Things looked bleak early for the Charge, as Boyertown scored a goal in the first minute of play off the opening tap. Eight minutes later, they struck again to go up 2-0. Grace and Ava both had shots on goal, but the Charge struggled to sustain pressure on offense. When Boyertown went up 3-0 midway through the half, it looked like it may not be the Charge's day.
However, Tessa, Riley and Sophia all made great hustle plays to sprint back on defense and stop potential Boyertown breakaways, and Jessa made a good two-handed save in goal to give the Charge some momentum.
The Charge slowly began to mount their attack as the half progressed. With under a minute to go, Bryce hustled back to get the ball on defense, moving it up to Tessa, who passed ahead to Grace. Grace took one touch and buried a shot in the back of the net just before time expired. It was just the spark the Charge needed.
In what is becoming a pattern, the Charge came out of the break with plenty of energy and dominated the second half. The shots on goal came fast and furious. First it was Violet. Then Brooke sent a shot over the crossbar off a pass from Cailyn. Brooke out-sprinted the Boyertown defense and hit a shot off the post. A great ball from Tessa found Jessa alone at the top of the box, and Jessa's shot also went off the post. Despite the near-misses, the Charge didn't let up.
Minutes later, Jessa got another chance and left no doubt about it, blasting a shot past the goalie to make the score 3-2. Tessa and Jessa teamed up once again, with Tessa hitting a wide open Jessa at midfield. Jessa dribbled in and drilled a goal that tied the game.
With the Charge seemingly always on the attack, some nice passing between Grace, Sophia and Brooke resulted in an own goal by Boyertown to give the Charge a 4-3 lead. Grace one-timed a beautiful cross from Brooke to put the exclamation point on an exciting second-half comeback and 5-3 victory.
Boyertown tried to stage a comeback of their own late in the second half, but the Charge's defense was stout. Sam stepped up a couple times from her defensive position to clear the ball, and Penny played well in goal to keep Boyertown off the board.
With the win, the Charge improved to 2-0 in the Central League heading into a rematch against Marple Newtown in the Charge's home opener Sept. 22.
Sept. 8, 2019 -- The Methacton United Charge opened their Central League schedule with a strong showing in a 3-1 win over Marple Newtown SA Rock at Drexel Lodge Park. The game was highlighted by strong passing and good hustle by the Charge.
The Charge showed off their transition game in scoring their first goal. After stopping a corner kick on the defensive end, Violet worked the ball up to Ava, who made a nice run down the right side. Ava dribbled past the goalie near the end line on the right side, and centered the ball back to Brooke, who knocked it in for the score.
A few minutes later, Bryce, Violet and Grace had a nice possession, moving the ball around in the offensive box and generating a shot on goal. A one-timer by Grace off a pass from Riley went just high and wide. Meanwhile, Penny made several good stops in goal to maintain the lead.
Although the Charge dominated play for most of the half, Marple Newtown got a late chance on a breakaway and scored with under a minute left to even the game 1-1.
The Charge came out strong from the break, as Grace got a quick shot on goal off the opening tap. Following a nice save by Riley in goal, Tessa made a good throw-in on the left side to Jessa, who centered the ball ahead to Violet. Violet took a couple touches and fired a shot into the net to put the Charge up 2-1.
The Charge kept up the pressure, as Jessa had two shots, and Penny stole the ball off a goal kick and hit a shot that was deflected wide by the goalie. Sophia had a good tackle and takeaway on defense that led to a breakaway for Brooke, with her shot going just wide left. Bryce and Cailyn also generated a couple good offensive chances for the Charge. On defense, Tessa, Sam and Grace all stepped up several times to deny Marple Newtown attackers.
Violet netted her second goal of the game and gave the Charge some breathing room late in the second half. She picked up a loose ball across midfield, and lofted a shot over the goalie’s head to put the Charge on top 3-1.
The Charge will look to continue their momentum in their next game, Sept. 15 at Boyertown.
After taking some time off over the holidays, the Charge are back at it again! The team is training with Coach Andy once per week and also participating in a futsal league on Saturday nights. With its new rules, smaller ball and faster pace, the girls are enjoying the new adventure of futsal and looking to build their skills for the upcoming Central League spring season.
With the fall season coming to a close, the Charge entered November looking to continue their improvement as a group over the remaining three Central League games. After a home victory the first weekend of November, the Charge were on the road again to face Radnor on November 11th. With the Veteran’s Day holiday also observed on 11/11, a number of the girls wore their Marc J. Small Tournament t-shirts as warmup shirts to honor Marc and all of our veterans for their service to our country. After posting a 2-0 victory against Radnor, the Charge concluded their fall season with a 5-2 win over Chester Springs under the lights at Downingtown High School. Playing under the lights for the first time was a great way to close out an awesome first fall travel season!
October brought another tournament opportunity for the Charge as they traveled an hour north to participate in the Western Lehigh United SC Fall Fest Tournament. In the tournament opener, the Charge played one of their best games of the season and defeated Haverford 1-0 by using team defending, good spacing and lots of passes down the flanks. Throughout the whole game, you could see the girls were having fun and were off to a great start in tournament play. That momentum carried forward to the afternoon game where the Charge defeated Main Line Soccer to close out the first day of tournament tied for a share of the division lead.
Sunday’s first match proved a little more difficult as the Charge fell to the Floral Park Direwolves 2-1 in an exciting end to end game. After having a few hours to rest up between games, the girls rallied in the final game of the tournament by defeating Little Neck 3-0. With 3 wins and two additional points for shutouts, the Charge took home their second tournament title and were named champions of the silver division!
The Charge rounded out their busy October schedule with three additional Central League victories but more importantly an ever growing understanding of playing together as a team!
Looking to build on their encouraging start to the season, the Charge entered September ready to experience Central League competition for the first time. And let’s just say that experience got off to a very soggy start! With heavy rain falling the day before and the day of the game, it looked certain the team’s first league game would be postponed but Interboro (the home team) elected to move forward with the game. In what was more puddle kicking than soccer, the Charge battled to a water soaked 2-2 draw in their season opener. Thankfully sunnier skies were on the horizon (literally and figuratively) as the balance of September saw the girls notch their first home victory of the season the following week against Radnor and their first away victory at Rosetree the week after that.
After training as a group twice per week since the spring and attending the club’s annual summer camp, the Charge were anxious to kick off their inaugural travel season together. The team’s first competitive action came in mid-August as they participated in the Baxter Blast Tournament hosted by King of Prussia Soccer Club. After winning their opening game 6-1 over the tournament hosts, the Charge followed up in game two with another strong showing by defeating Aston United 5-2.
As the girls waited to participate in their first ever tournament championship game, strong storms started to develop with eventual downpours canceling the remaining games. Despite the championship rainout, the Charge were named the tournament champs as the girls had accumulated the highest total points in their bracket thanks to the two victories and the highest goal differential. Below is a picture of the team on the tournament day as well one with their Baxter Blast championship trophy (awarded in October as that was our next scheduled trip to King of Prussia).