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Saturday, November 4
TALONS dominate STM
On a beautiful & sunny Saturday morning (11/04) at the C&G field, our Talons matched-up against the boys from STM.
From the opening kickoff, the talons controlled most of the flow of the game. However, on a venture into our defensive zone, the STM boys were able to take advantage of a few unfortunate Talon slip & falls on the still wet pitch and put in the first goal of the game and held the lead of 1-0 til the half.
The Talons came out in the second half even more dominating on the field. They quickly drove the ball into the STM half of the field and evened the score at 1-1 in the first 5 minutes as Josh tickled the twine for the goal. The Talons continued their dominance the rest of the game as the ball only briefly crossed into our end twice. Unfortunately, after several near misses from different shooting angles, we never did tally the additional goal and ended the match in a 1-1 draw. Even still, it's great to see such fine teamwork and dominance in our continued growth together.
The goals (and wins) will come as long as these fine players keep up the hard work and keep the faith.

Wednesday, October 11
Talons brighten up a dreary day
TALONS 4, Crew 0
Our Talons took on the Northern Crew boys on a rare Wednesday game at C&G field at 6:00 PM. The weather was cloud and rainy, but our boys were about to brighten up the day for us !
The Talons brought their "A" game to the field and worked well as a team unit. From the start, the Talons show composure and skill as they controlled the ball around the field. At 11 minutes into the game on a Talon attack, a nice cross was played from the outside and into the box through the air. John struck a header over the keeper, though the keeper did stretch and get his gloves on the ball enough to slow the direction. The ball fell right on the goal line, but Thomas came charging in on the rebound and finished to put our Talons up 1-0. As the Talons continued the attack on the Crew during the first half, two more Talon goals were put into the back of the net. However, one was waved off for an alledged offsides, and the other disallowed for the decision that the keeper had "possession" of a rebound that was a good foot out of his reach as the rebounded ball was shot in. Thus, we went to the half up 1-0.
In the second half, these Talons continued their mastery of the soccer game. 9 minutes into the half, a beautiful thru ball was played up to John and sent him on a breakaway into the Crew end. With the defenders closing in and the keeper charging out, John sent a shot towards the far post past the diving keeper to put the Talons up 2-0. Ryan then also benefitted from the awesome teamwork these boys are developing as he finished off a good setup on a rush towards the net with wingers on each side of him as he put the Talons up 3-0. Not quite fulfilled yet, Ryan took another remarkable pass from the back and had his breakaway on the keeper. The keeper came hard charging out, but Ryan showed an outstanding move to go wide of him and calmly dribbled through and placed in our final goal for the day as the Talons defeated the Crew 4-0.
The Crew did have their times when they pressured into the Talons turf, but our relentless defense and midfield combinations worked continually to get the ball wide and/or out of our zone. The times when the Crew persisted on attacking, Kenny kept coming through to secure the shutout. As usual with this group, every one of these goals scored today was a true team effort, set up by the excellent passing and vision of the defenders and midfielders coupled with the following the shots and rebounds by the forwards and mids. Even as darkness was setting in, these Talons kept their intensity and focus and worked hard til the end.

Centerfield (Let's Go!)

Saturday, October 7
Talons at Victory Express
The Talons traveled down to Washington on a beautiful, sunny day to match up against Victory Express.
At the onset, we took the play well to the Victory boys, moving the ball into their end and controlling the game, but not finishing our chances. However, when the Victory boys eventually did get the play into our end, we failed to clear wide and out, allowing a few opportunities in the front, of which they were able to knock one in for a 1-0 lead into the half.
The beginning of the second half was more balanced, with play going back and forth. On a crossing pass by a Victory forward at the top of our box, the ball apparently barely brushed a defenders hand and continued across to the far side. The center ref immediately stopped play and awarded a penalty kick to the Victory Express team, which they put in to give them a 2-0 advantage. This seemed to take some wind out of our sails, but the Talons still battled. However, now armed with a 2 goal advantage, along with the game delaying, momentum-stopping subbing the Victory team did at almost every one of OUR throw-ins or kicks, the home team played with more confidence. They were able to place a couple more in on well placed long kicks for a final of 4-0 win for the home team.
The game was much closer than that score would indicate, and a non-call on the incidental, non-advantage gaining of an unfortunate bounce of the ball likely would've made the difference. But, as they say -- that's how the ball bounces. The Talons will recover, and get their game back on track with a rare mid-week game on Wednesday as they take on the Northern Crew boys at C&G field.

Saturday, September 30
Talons fall just short in another close one
The Talons fought another tough battle against tough competition today in their match with Arsenal. Each team had their moments in the first half, but the Arsenal boys notched the only goal of the first 30 minutes of play.
The Talons refused to give and evened the score in the second half as AJ sent a great cross to Josh -- or Ryan -- or Josh -- or Ryan --- ONE OF THEM -- who were both well positioned -- and one of them put it past the Arsenal keeper. The stalemate lasted most of the half until the Arsenal boys got the game winner in the 2-1 game. Still, a strong performance in another one of those 1 goal games that could've gone either way.
These Talons showed great poise and determination and hung in there well. They seem to be finding their positional responsibilities and are supporting and covering for each other more consistantly. There were several nice passes strung together, along with many well executed give-and-gos. GO TALONS !!!

Saturday, September 23
Our Talons took on the Stars United team at home and battled to a hard fought 2-1 win. Falling behind early by a well placed high kick from a S.U. player, our boys buckled down and fought back with a pair of incredibly beautiful goals. The first by Leo on a great serve up from Thomas, which Leo vollied out of the air with a spin and placed into the net. The second by Josh on another great service -- this time by Danny -- which Josh was able to run onto and place a fine slide kick past the amazed gaolie.

Saturday, September 16
Talons double header
The Talons battled twice -- at home versus Beadling and then on the road against the PFC.
In the Beadling match, our boys hung with the Beadling boys well in the first half, winning many of the 50/50s and displaying good soccer sense. However, in the second half, our play was not as solid and fell to a closder than it looks 4-0 loss.
We then traveled to Turner Valley after team luncheons at 2 seperate Kings restuarants (was meant to be one -- oh well). We reunited at the T.V. fields and though we dominated field play for both halves, still fell on the short side of a 2-1 final.

Saturday, September 9
Talons vs Hotspurs
The Talons played their first PAWest game versus the Hotspurs. Our boys showed quite a bit of dominance during the first half, but eventually fell short in a 2-1 loss.

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