Week Fourteen : Epic

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U9 team with Coach Katie

After defeating the more talented Pink Ladies U14 team in an overtime thriller on Sunday, Dream Team FC coach Ken Kohlberg could muster only one word: epic.

Indeed it was. Although the Pink Ladies lost a game they coulda, woulda and truly shoulda, heads were held high after the team fought fiercely despite the absences of its most influential March player and its second recent starting ala.

The Goal of the Week comes by way off the Save of the Week — or perhaps Save of the Year? Meghan Majeski stared defeat in the eye as the DTFC striker bared down on a penalty kick late in the match. Fearless as always, she sprang to block the shot, then saved the rebound and quickly the ball was flowing toward the opposing goal, where a scrum of Pink players were heading. Amidst the counterattack intensity was Angela De Sousa, not normally that far up the other end, who banged in a pass from Caoilin Rice to take the lead.

To describe Majeski’s performance as outstanding would be an understatement. Epitomized by the penalty deflection, Majeski’s afternoon was one of the best recent Pink Ladies goalkeeping displays. US National Futsal Team goalkeeping coach Mark Litton recently described goalkeeping mantra as: “Make the saves you’re supposed to. Make a few that you’re not. Don’t do anything stupid.”  This exactly describes Majeski’s Sunday afternoon. She put her team in position to win with all her effort, skill, heart and voice. A fitting Senior Player of the Week.

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U11 team with Coach Rabies

Meghan Gibbons’ Saturday tally: 2 goals, 2 assists, 1 league championship victory, 1 cartwheel. The final Junior Player of the Week for the 2012-13 season asked Coach Rabies to give her special goalkeeper training last week to help prepare her to play goal during the first half of the U11 girls final. With hair and effort tinged pink, Gibbons played a hearty goal in the first half, permitting just a single JP goal. Assisting on two of Phoebe Jolly’s (3) goals and contributing her own pair of goal of the week candidates, Gibbons was a driving force in her team’s victory. The cartwheel, it was just part of the infectious fun she was having!

The U11 team’s 5-4 fianls win over JP was an epic back and forth the entire way. It is indeed Match of the Week worthy, as the one-sub squad worked tirelessly together til the end, eeking out one of the greatest Cinderella stories in Pink lore.

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U14 team with Coach Jason

Also under consideration for Match of the Week is the aforementioned epic U14 championship madness. That game included all the drama of any all-time memorable competition — heroes and villains, incredible skill, intensity, heartbreak, sure things that surely weren’t, brilliant goals, unbelievable saves.

The U9 team kicked off the weekend in fine finals form against Newton Academy, rolling early and holding on for 4-3 and the first-ever Pink Ladies FC under-nine title. Five players tallied goals or assists in an epic performance by the young team that is certainly a Match of the Week candidate.

Captains Haley and Rabies ride into the Pink sunset victorious in the Adult co-ed division, each having scored and assisted in the epic second half outburst that earned their Coaches team the title, 10-2 (after leading 3-1 at the break). It fittingly concluded their distinguished careers and deserves a chance for Match of the Week.

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Coaches team

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