Baltimore Bays 93/94 Girls: HEAT News: Heat handles New Yorkers, but slips vs. Freestate at Columbia Invitational; 5/24-25

Tuesday, May 27
Heat handles New Yorkers, but slips vs. Freestate at Columbia Invitational; 5/24-25

The Bays competed in the Columbia Invitational over memorial Day weekend under sunny skies and on the well groomed fields at Olney; failing to advance to the Championship by 1 point but displaying quality soccer for most of the program.

Baltimore claimed victories over 2 New York sides, 5-0 and 2-1, but went down early in game 2 against a strong Freestate side in the second game and could not dig out of the hole. Clearly not ready for the start of the match the side pulled together and played even or better than their opposition for most of the final 50 minutes, but the damage had been done. Although the game was closer than the final 3 nil score, the uncharacteristic lapse at the start would cost the side a chance to play in the finals. Freestate would later tie the New York team that Baltimore battered in game one 5 nil.

Sunday's game 3 would provide a positive end to the weekend as the Bays withstood a typical physical bumb and run side from Saten Island, and came away with a 2-1 victory. Here the Bays were clearly better technically but had to manage their composure amid the numerous fouls and long ball attacks; doing so with possession when needed and creating many chances with the ball. A strong defensive effort in the final 10 secured the points.

All in all a decent showing minus 10 minutes in game 2, and although failing to advance, the team found some success while learning a valuable lesson along the way. The team will again be tested this weekend, with 3 WAGS games in 2 days and many miles on the road. The results will likely go a long way toward determining their final standing in the league.