Crown (Spring 2018) Game 3/4 Recap

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Ok we have another pair of games to get through this time around, one against a team that Crown had never played or even seen before, and the other against a very familiar foe from years past. Let’s just say that some things never change…they call that foreshadowing. Here we go then.

Crown v TNFC:

With a few players running late Crown began this game with no subs and found themselves down 2-0 early before Simon got Crown on the board followed by PJ and it was 2-2. But TNFC were a solid, hustling team and replied with a pair of their own to get the lead back up to 4-2 before Tim finished off Simon’s post effort to cut it back to 4-3. Crown then had their first big complaint as a TNFC defender had a pretty clear (or so every thought) slide tackle to block a goal bound shot but no call from either ref and Crown found themselves down by one at the half. Rob finally arrived and went right to work by scoring the tying goal early in the second half, but once again TNFC answered to take the lead 5-4. PJ (2) got Crown back on level terms again and finally they actually took the lead with Rob (2) making up for missing the first half. Crown had some chances to finish the game off but were made to pay for the missed opportunities when TNFC caught a break as a deflected shot gave Chris, making his Crown debut in net, no chance. Speaking of Chris, it has to be noted that he made a pair of huge saves in the second half to ensure Crown got something from this game. And should it have been the full 3 points? Probably as in the final seconds Tim beat his defender and the keeper only to have another slide tackle stop his game winner to which again there was no call, the ref actually had the whistle in his mouth and took 4 or 5 steps towards the play but apparently had no air in his lungs. And so a back and forth game ended 6-6 with some controversy but the good thing was it was not with our opponents, they were just a good competitive bunch. Afterwards though I was thinking it has been awhile since we suggested that BlueSky help out their referees with some visual aids, no, nothing like video review or the high tech googles from last time…maybe we go old school and all chip in for a pair of these to be kept in the booth: read more

Meet Crown: 5 Questions with Phil

Ok it’s time for another installment of Meet Crown, and this time around the individual in the hot seat actually requested to be in it…Phil “Young Gun” Wells. The circumstances of this interview are not exactly ideal as Phil is looking at another surgery and accompanying long stretch on the DL but that will be addressed in his 5 Questions. While Phil’s time with Crown has not been all that lengthy due to only becoming eligible within the last couple of years, he certainly made an instant impact…but I will stop spoiling things and start asking questions, let’s get into The Curious Case of Philip Wells. read more

Crown (Spring 2018) Game 1/2 Recap

As I mentioned in the last blog, Crown will be starting a new chapter when they move to Southlake Stampede in a couple of months, but in the meantime it was decided that a season in the Intermediate division at BlueSky would keep us busy. This was supposed to be the return of our young superstar Phil, but in an unfortunate turn he has injured his knee which will require surgery so that will have to wait yet another year 😱😱😱😢😢😢. Phil has requested to fight the doldrums associated with this latest setback by being featured in the next Meet Crown:5 Questions article, so watch for that in the upcoming weeks. Before we get to the recap of the season opener let’s get a little housekeeping out of the way. While there are rumors of Pistol making a comeback soon, Eddie continues in net this season, so the only roster change is Micah coming in to fill Phil’s void for a session. Ok, here we go, recap time. read more

Flashback Friday: “Potatoes, Eh?”

After graduating University and joining the workforce, albeit still at the University, I eventually also graduated from playing intramural soccer to playing in a more serious outdoor league. London, Ontario, Canada has an extensive soccer community with many different cultures represented as there are a variety of clubs around including the Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, German, Scottish, Irish, English, etc. And while you would think I would end up with the Brits, it turned out to be a team called Napoli FC. This team had a core of players with Italian roots but was filled out with a broad mix of the countries listed above. This was by far the best outdoor team I have ever played on and over the years before I moved to Texas we won everything there was to win in the London Ontario Soccer League or LOSL, including winning the triple (League, Playoffs, and Tournament) on multiple occasions. This is a little story from one of those seasons as Napoli attempted to finish off the triple by winning the Fall weekend tournament. And what does Potatoes have to do with this?, you will have to read on… read more