WPL Week 3 Match Reports

Wendy YoungCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2009

Sorry I am a little late this week on the match reports, the Interns were on time but I had a busy day at work yesterday. See below for the writeups for Week 3!

Match Report: O.R.S.U. VS Berkeley All Blues Sunday
September 27, 2009 @ Portland

Keystone vs Beantown - Match Report
by: Ashley Nesby

As both teams warmed up, you could feel that this game would undoubtedly be a hard-fought match. The overnight downpour and morning showers only added to the common knowledge that this wouldn’t be just a game, but a battle.

As was promised by the rain, the game started out with both teams mishandling the ball quite a bit. Albeit frustrating, this gave both packs the opportunity to feel each other out. It was evident from the first scrum that they were evenly matched and their open field play would be the determining factor.

Beantown was able to get into their rhythm first, scoring an unconverted try at the sixth minute, giving them the 5-0 lead. Less than four minutes later, they scored yet again making another unconverted try and pushing the score to 10-0.

Keystone made a decision to play down Beantown’s end and never looked back. They too found their rhythm and were able to execute their game plan. Their march down the pitch was aided by the repeated penalties against Beantown for off-side infringements. At the 24th minute, one such infringement led to Ines Rodriguez’s penalty kick, making the score 10-3.

Keystone was able to play around the fringe with their forwards, allowing their backs to set up for the score. Less than two minutes later, they did just that. At the 25th minute, their hard work paid off. After multiple phases of play, Keystone forced gaps in Beantown’s defense which Rodriquez capitalized on and broke thorough for the score. Rodriquez converted her try, tying the game at 10 all.

As was expected, Beantown didn’t back down. They were able to move the ball and move play forward utilizing the whole of their squad. At the 28th minute, Keystone was penalized and Beantown was successful in their attempt to kick for points, pushing their lead to 13-10.

At the start of the second half, Keystone again made the decision to play in Beantown’s end. They didn’t have to be there for long before they were successful in their attempt’s to keep Beantown on their heels. At the 42nd minute, Rachel Hammond burst through Beantown’s defensive line and dotted down the try, putting Keystone on top 15-13.

With such a slim lead against a good side, Keystone knew that its attack couldn’t settle and its defensive wall would have to be just that-impenetrable. They were able to play most of the match in Beantown’s end and not allow their offense to settle into any kind of rhythm. When the final whistle blew, Keystone was happy with the win, but knows they didn’t play their best. It’s back to the drawing board this week at practice to prepare for the Furies match next Sunday.

Trys
Rachel Hammond
Ines Rodriguez

Conversions
Ines Rodriguez

Penalty Kick
Ines Rodriguez

Keystone Roster
1. Ashley Nesby
2.Rachel Hammond
3.Maya Winters
4.Devin Keller
5.Stacy Baker
6.Devon Boyle
7.Allison Worman
8.Kate Daley
9.Kim Magrini
10.Ines Rodriguez
11.Ida Bernstein
12. Angie Brambley
13.Lauren Rosso
14.Jen Sinkler
15.Kirsten Ahrendt
16.Farrah Douglas
17.Kristen Snyder
18.Jennifer Null
19.Calla Stants
20.Tiffany McCoy
21.Frankie Mae
22.Rashida Stamps
23.Danielle Monica

Beantown vs New York
By: Becca Fritz

Beantown’s sideline was a tough place to be this past Sunday. It was
the third WPL match for both Beantown and Keystone. The morning started out cold and rainy, the weather carrying over from the night before left the field a bit soggy for the twelve o’clock match.

The first half of the match was a little hard to watch. Beantown was struggling defensively, allowing a total of fifteen points to slip through the cracks. Offensively, there were also many issues with communication and trouble making connections. Despite the issues, they were able to score twice and land a penalty kick bringing them up to thirteen points total.

The second half was a stalemate, neither team scored again.

After the game, Richard Ashfield, one of Beantown’s coaches had this to say about the match:

“I think Keystone had a game plan which they stuck to and executed well. [Beantown] struggled at the breakdowns as well as working as a unit this past weekend. Hopefully it will be a wake up call”

The final score was 15-13, Keystone.

Beantown will head to New York next Sunday to face New York Women for the second time this Fall.

Trys:
Sharon Blaney
Kristin Bonomo

Penalty Kick:
Emily Jones

Beantown Roster
1 Shannon Wallace
2 Emily Jones
3 Mari Wallace
4 Jamie Burke
5 Sharon Blaney
6 Kristin Bonomo
7 Liz Terry
8 Melanie Denham
9 Kitt Wagner
10 Kelly Seary
11 Renee Astphan
12 Emilie Bydwell
13 Amy Daniels
14 Yancy Graf
15 Katie Dowty
16 Rachael Gorab
17 Erika Mullen
18 Shelley Dunlop
19 Katy Augustyn
20 Jackie Hwang
21 Ashley Snyder
22 Jamie Howard
23 Sarah Harris

Furies vs New York Match Report
by: Margaret McElligott

Final Score: N.Y.: 56 -- Furies 0

The Washington Furies and New York Rugby Club took to the pitch under cloudy skies Sunday at Colmar Manor Park in Bladensburg, Md., for their first meeting of the WPL season. The Furies started off strong in the first half, marching downfield with the forwards producing clean balls for scrumhalf P.J. Fiore. After a series of lineouts near the 22, New York was able to clear the ball, but the Furies responded with strong runs by the backs and loose forwards and solid rucking by the pack. New York had chances early, but several knock-ons blew opportunities to counter-attack the Furies in transition.

New York found its groove as the half wore on. Strong kicking by the backs gave New York better field position and pushed the Furies deep within their own territory. After a long series at the try line, including one ball held up in the try zone, New York’s Vanesha McGhee broke free to score the first try of the match in the 16th minute. Hedwig Aerts’s extra kick was good – as were all of her points-after attempts on the day. In the 23rd minute, New York prop Phaidra Knight eluded the Furies’ backs as she rumbled more than 20 yards for New York’s second try. McGhee would go on to score two more tries for New York in a half that started strong for the Furies, but ended with a lopsided 28-0 score.

Shortly after the start of the second half, Furies captain Liz Dilley was called for her third penalty and was sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes. Down a man, the Furies were pushed back to their try line, finally allowing a score by Katie Brethel just as the 10-minute penalty on Dilley expired. New York’s Rachel Brafman would score in the 64th minute, sealing the win for her side.

Both teams used their subs as the match wound to a close. Two more tries in the last five minutes put the finishing touches on a balanced attack for New York, with Maura Weikman successfully kicking both conversions.

“New York’s a really good team,” said Furies head coach Nancy Fitz. “We knew that. And I think we actually played better than we have the previous two games. Ironically, I think we had a lot more offense Sunday, even though we didn’t score, and we scored in our two previous games.”

“We’re improving,” Fitz said. “It’s just tough against such good competition.”
Valkyries Dominate Home-Turf Battle Against Zons
By: Jenny Menke with Kat Vater
Valks vs. Zons
By Garrett Hoffman