Baltimore Bays 93/94 Girls: HEAT News: Bays earn 2 hard fought wins, advance to State Cup Quarters; 4/12-13

Sunday, April 13
Bays earn 2 hard fought wins, advance to State Cup Quarters; 4/12-13

The 94Bays continued to click this weekend, wining a mudder in the second round of the Satae Cup, and then holding firm to beat a better team in its first WAGS game of the season.

Baltimore was lucky to get its game in on Saturday at the Hartford Polo Grounds, as the soggy pitch was certainly playable, but added an unwanted variable to an important game. The conditions did not favor the possession style play of the Bays, but rather the very direct play of an athletic BSC Blaze side who made no secret of their game plan. However, the Bays' midfield did well to prevent many quality long through balls, and showed great patience with the ball, attacking from ther flanks constantly. While BSC was able to convert 1 of 2 break aways that got behind the Baltimore back line, the game was not as close as the score; the Blaze keeper doing well to keep her side in the game all day. It was a good test for the Bays, as BSC countered the technical Baltimore play with hard nosed aggressive play from start to finish, making nothing easy. The victory sets up a quarter final match vs MSC Mustangs next week, as the bar continues to be raised in the State Cup run.

On Sunday Baltimore would be tested further against a rested and disciplined FC Frederick side, who had its own strong possession game , as well as a tough defense, on the bumpy DeerPark field. Here, only the clumpy surface would get in the way of both sides, each displaying quality runs with the ball at times. The Bays were fortunate to convert a first half corner, as shots were hard to come by during period one. Frederick was better in the second half, pushing the Heat back line and winning the 50/50 balls at the onset. But the Bays did not break, regained the momentum in the final 15 minutes, and held on to get the clean sheet. It was a great start to the quality WAGS competition, and should do well to help continue the trend as a difficult weekend awaits the side. The Bays congratulate FC Frederick on the well played match, and look forward to mixing it up again in the future.

Finally, a dry week appears to be on tap as Baltimore gets into the meat of a difficult spring, with 2 mores games scheduled next weekend, against quality competition. Training continues in preperation.