Baltimore Bays 93/94 Girls: HEAT News: Heat shows well as March Madness Finalist; 3/15-16

Monday, March 17
Heat shows well as March Madness Finalist; 3/15-16

The long awaited debut of the re-tooled 93Bays Heat was a positive one this weekend at the Harford County Polo Grounds, site of the Baltimore March Madness tournament, where the side played through to the championship game.

On a chilly Saturday morning which would warm up with the afternoon sun, the Heat opened the tourney with a 2-1 victory over FC Coppa (NJ). The girls showed good possession for the most part, with only a miscommunication in the back resulting in an unfortunate own goal against the defense in the first half. A great cross to far post finish in the second proved to be the winner, as the side looked comfortable the entire match.

The second game would prove more challanging, as expected, against a disciplined and well coached P.A. Classic side from EPA. Both teams displayed strong play on both sides of the ball, and the 1-1 draw was a fair result in the end. A well played match. With this, Sunday's contest became a must win vs. Beachside SC (Conn) for the Bays to move on; as the teams were level on points after day 1 but Beachside owned the tie breaker with fewer goals against.

With a lingering drizzle, cold wind, and soft pitch on Sunday morning the team showed just how much potential it has this spring. Down 1 nil at half, despite having the better of play for the first 30 minutes, Baltimore came out in the second like a team on a mission. An aggressive attack and stiff back line dominated the Beachside 11, and the resulting 2 tallies earned the Bays a chance to play in the final. It was  agreat display of guts, heart, and determination from the girls.

Unfortunately for the young team, tired legs and a harsh wind would work against them in the championship vs. SMFC Alliance (MD). The Bays were unable to finish any of their numerous chances, with and without the wind, while SMFC found net on 1 of 2 through a breakaway downwind. Yet again, Baltimore refused to fold, fighting till the final whistle but unable to find the last touch/pass to even the score. The Bays congratulate the Alliance on the victory, and look forward to a chance to play again in the future, for sure.

While the final result was disappointing, the weekend as a whole was certainly a positive for the team. The new pieces of the puzzle are starting to gel, and the upgraded training program has shown immediate dividends. Hopefully the positive momentum will continue in training and a final tune up at MSI March Madness (3/29-30) before the state cup run begins in April. It was a great start to the season!