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May 11, 2004 --
The second game of the season was played on a grey, overcast, and windy evening. The forecasts were calling for thunderstorms and heavy rain. We got the second. In droves. After the coin toss, Mel's Angels found themselves defending the leeward end (the end to which the wind was blowing).
Despite playing into the strong gusts, the Angels still controlled the beginning of the run of play against the orange-clad Biohazards. After some failed efforts at getting the ball to the goal, Evan was carrying the ball into the Biohazard penalty box when he was taken down hard for a penalty shot. After some protests from the defending team, Evan stepped up for the shot, but impressively, it was saved by the goalkeeper. The third missed penalty for the Angels in the last two seasons. However, the ball came back downfield to Cook, and he lobbed it upfield into the wind, where it came to rest on Evan's foot. A quick turn, and he chipped it over the Biohazard keeper for a goal. 1-0 Angels.
Over the course of the next hour, the game was much the same. Evan was fouled constantly, reminding him why heeding Corey's advice to bring two pairs of shinpads to wear was a good idea. Despite the constant fouling, he jumped back up to his feet to try again. The only time that he was unable to continue play was when he was sent off the field with a bloody nose, to which he commented with chagrin to Eric on the sidelines "They told me that I had to come off the field because I have blood on my face". The entire game, the wind caused havoc with the ball in the air, sometimes carrying it clear across the field or even parking lot. The second half was highlighted by a constant downpour of heavy rain and hail. This enabled Ted to admire his belly through his now transparent white jersey, and Ali to model his black underwear through his near-transparent white shorts.
The turnout was excellent, giving the Angels 6 subs on the bench by mid-game. Andrew Major, Cormac Trainor, Ricardo Montoya, Ryan Stoness, and Sebi Cioaba missed the game for various reasons while Erik Lockhart was away on school-related business. David McDonald was still injured for the game, his triumphant return merely days away surely.
Some pictures from the game are also available.
A sunny, yet windy (as usual) day out at the North Field was the setting for the third Angels game of the season. The opponents for the day were the Meds team, playing their fourth game of the year. The game started off well, with the Angels putting pressure onto the Meds team, and not giving up many good chances at their own end.
The pressure paid off with ZiDan showing his skill and why he can fit into the team so well as he took the ball from a sharp pass from Scott, who had received a good flip from Bob, and with two skilled touches, took the ball to the six yard box and roofed a shot over the goalkeeper for a 1-0 Mel's lead.
The second half began in similar style, this time with the Angels playing into the wind. The Angels had some good chances fairly early on, with Corey feeding Mike Cook a long cross from the sideline. Cook unfortunately had just a bit too much time to think about it, and put the ball just over the crossbar. Moments later, the ball was in the box, and Eric put a sharp header in towards the post, and Ricardo swept the ball just outside of the goal.
All was not to be lost, as a quick counter attack by Ali followed by a short chip up to Bob, and a chip over the goalkeeper into the back of the net was to be the end result of all of the pressure the Angels were putting on. 2-0. This second goal started to wake the Meds team up, and they turned the pressure onto the Angels, making forays deep into the Angels defense. One of these resulted in the Angels making a couple of mistakes, and suddenly the ball was in the back of the net, making the game 2-1, with a little over five minutes to go.
Bob and Ted took the ball from the kickoff, and moved deep into the Meds territory, looking to attack and attempt to burn the remaining time from the clock. The ball made its way out to Sebi on the left wing, a long cross to Corey flew through the air, and Corey laced the ball into the far left corner of the net to close out the scoring at 3-1. Meds were somewhat disheartened by this play, and came down to the Angels end, looking for one more consolation goal. Some good passing, and one of the Meds players was left with an open run to the net. Adam stepped into him with a hard professional foul, and was immediately shown the red card by the referee for "a nasty foul". The player who was fouled jumped up, took the free kick, over the wall, but nothing came of it, and the whistle blew as the Angels cleared the ball upfield.
Some other highlights and points to note included Adam being slide tackled from behind with a corner being called (rather than a free kick if the guy hit Adam or a goal kick if the guy missed Adam and got the ball). Go figure. At one point in the game, Sebi was tackled rugby style in an attempt to stop him from carrying the ball upfield. On another play, Corey had his legs cleaned out from behind, grabbed the opponent's shirt to try to keep his balance, and got the call for the shirt pull. On the more disappointing side of things, Cormac, in his first game back since his return from Ireland, was kicked in the foot and early reports are that the toe may be broken, thus putting him on the IR list already.
Special mention goes to ZiDan, who made the trek over from Oxford, and stopping in Kingston as part of his 2004 North American tour. Also, mention must go to Corey and Sebi for volunteering to run the lines for the following game -- a 3-1 victory by Blue Steel over Biohazards. Lastly, Evan played his last game of the season with the team, as he will be leaving on loan for a Welsh team for the remainder of the summer.
The turnout was excellent, giving the Angels 7 subs on the bench for the first half, and 6 for the second once Ryan had to leave. Andrew Major, Evan Milward, Paul-Philippe Champagne, Umar Iqbal, and Willie Yu missed the game for various reasons. David McDonald was still injured for the game, his triumphant return looking to be further and further into the future. Also, Serban left the team on a free transfer over to the Chem Grads team, who were reportedly looking for a freestyling eastern European midfielder to replace one of their injured players. Finally, reports from overseas were that Chris Jessup would make an appearance at the field, but disappointment was had when he did not show up.
The fourth game of the season was played on a nice, sunny evening. The opponent of the Angels was the only team to have defeated them in their history last July 14 by a score of 5-1, Blue Steel.
The game started off well, with neither team getting much control of the game. There were a number of non-chances for each team before a slip-up in the back by the Angels defense forced Mike Cook to have to tackle an opposing forward from behind inside the box, giving up a penalty shot. The Blue Steel player stepped up to take the shot and put it to the left side of the net, into Alex' hands, but unfortunately, he couldn't hold on, and the ball slipped just over the line inside the post for a 1-0 Blue Steel lead.
Chasing the lead woke the Angels up, and they began to take the play strongly to their opponents. This strong play ended up resulting in a handball being committed in the box, resulting in a penalty, taken by Sebi. He made no mistake as he put the ball into the back of the net to tie the game up. Mere minutes later, a free kick was won in front of the Blue Steel net, about 25 yards from the goal line. Blue Steel errected a wall, but it was to no avail, as Sebi flicked the ball overtop of it and into the topp right corner of the net for a 2-1 lead as the game headed into halftime.
The second half began much as the first ended, with the Angels pressuring the ball, and carrying the brunt of the attack. On one play, Corey picked up the ball in the midfield and put it up the field for Bob, putting him onto his second breakaway of the game. Unlike the first time however, he made no mistake this time, putting the ball into the back of the net for a 3-1 lead.
Shortly after this, a free kick was given up in the Angels end, and a strange deflection ended up putting the ball into the net, past an unmoving goalkeeper to make it a tight game again at 3-2. This goal just made the Angels play harder though, and pressuree on the Blue Steel goal resulted in Umar getting the ball in the left side of the box, near the goal line, and he put it out in front of the net to where Sebi waited. Sebi stopped the ball casually, and flicked it past the keeper into the net to reestablish the two goal lead at 4-2.
At this point, Sebi subbed himself off to rest for the remainder of the game, and Ryan and Eric subbed on as strikers. This was a move that paid off almost immediately, as Ryan took a long throw from Ali, past the defender, and made no mistake, scoring his first goal as a member of the Mel's Angels squad. Other highlights of the game included a very close header by Mike Cook, off the bottom of the crossbar, and the inside of the post before bouncing out. Also, Bob suffered from inertia, and ran into Kevin from the opposing team, wiping him out rather successfully for a foul.
The turnout was excellent, giving the Angels 3 subs on the bench by halftime. Cormac Trainor and David McDonald were both injured for the game, but David made an appearance at the field on his way to returning fully. Andrew Major, Josh Maveety, Paul-Philippe Champagne, and Ted Farndon missed the game for various reasons, while Erik Lockhart was away on school business, and Adam Lewis was suspended for the game. Finally, Bob played what will likely be his last game of the season due to work and other engagements.
The game of this Thursday night was on a fairly nice evening, a bit windy at times, but overall, decent. The sun was hanging low in the western sky, giving a bit of an orange glow to the field, similar to the one given off by the sodium stadium lights when they're used.
The game started off fairly evenly, but with the Angels carrying much of the play in the other half, but having difficulty controlling the midfield. However, no major chances were given up due to this. The Angels moved the ball around reasonably well, but could not create any good finishing chances all the same, and at half time, the teams walked off the field with a 0-0 draw.
The second half began much as the first played out, but finally, an Angels chance came to fruition. Sebi picked up the ball near midfield, and sliced a cross over to the left side of the penalty box, picking Umar out of the crowd. Umar flicked his head at the ball, pushing it overtop of the keeper and into the far corner of the net for the first goal of the game. Minutes later, a shot spilled off of the keeper's chest, and Paul charged in to poke it into the net, but got there a split second late, and accidentally hit the prone keeper instead. A barely missed chance.
The play stayed in the same style for most of the rest of the game, until the last five minutes, when Sporting Baldmen worked up a strong attack. They got a throw-in deep in the Angels' end, and the ball bounced around awkwardly before falling to the foot of a Baldmen player right in front of the goal line. He shot at the net, and put it in off of the bottom of the crossbar, right at the full time whistle, tying the game up at 1-1.
Special mention goes to Alex and Paul for volunteering to run the lines for the preceeding game -- a 2-0 victory by Meds over QEDEC.
The turnout was excellent, giving the Angels 5 subs on the bench. Cormac Trainor and David McDonald were still both injured for the game. Ali Jahed, Bob Oliver, Josh Maveety, and Ryan Stoness missed the game for various reasons, while Erik Lockhart was away on school business.
An absolutely gorgeous Sunday was to be the scene for the next Mel's Angels game. Unfortunately, it was timed to play at the same time as the big Portugal/Spain Euro 2004 showdown. Whoops. Ah well, Grad League soccer is certainly on a similar level. Or maybe not.
The game began well, with the Angels actually winning a coin toss (a real novelty thus far this year) and defending the eastern side of the field. Throughout the first half, the Angels dominated the run of play, keeping the ball down in the Dragons' end for most of it, only giving up a couple of chances, each of which were cooly cleaned up by one of Adam, Suits, Cook, or Alex.
About 15 minutes into the half, the Angels got their first chance, but the shot was well saved by the Dragons' keeper. However, seconds late, Cook flipped the ball over to Sebi, who turned and laced the ball into the back of the net to put the Angels on the scoreboard. This style of play continued, and the Angels began to pressure again. The unrelenting pressure led to a turnover as Sebi intercepted a pass, stepped towards the goal and volleyed the ball into the far corner of the net, doubling the lead.
The move to press forward by the Dragons on the next kickoff turned into a mistake. Scott picked up the ball near the middle of the field, and with a couple of fast passes, ended up with it down the right side near the box. He pushed the ball back to Gord on the wing, and Gord chipped the ball towards the penalty spot. It hung up in the air, and ended up dropping into the back of the goal, for Gord's first goal from open play. The half closed out with Ryan making a brilliant run down the right wing, breaking in towards the goal, and with a fast slice across the front of the net, Ted was in exactly the right position to tap the ball home for his first Angels' goal, and a 4-0 lead.
The second half began much the same, but Adam moved up to the midfield to relieve Corey and Sebi. Several close chances were just barely missed, including a brilliant side-kick volley from Paul that just scraped the top of the crossbar. However, all would come to a head as Adam got the ball on the left side of the net, and flicked it in towards the goal mouth. Ted van Nistelrooy found himself in a prime position to push the ball across the line for his second goal of the game. The play continued, and the Angels gave up their first (and only) corner of the game on a shot that Cook blocked out behind the goal line. The corner was well taken, with Alex catching it out of the air right under the crossbar. He spotted Ted upfield, and launched a stratospheric punt up to the opposing 18 yard box. Ted swooped onto the ball like a professional, and with a quick foot move, tapped the ball past the keeper, and watched it roll into the back of the goal to complete his natural hat trick.
Some other highlights of the game included Gord's Gary Neville-esque two footed English style tackle to pull the ball off of an opponents' foot, Ted missing two very close chances early in the first half, and the fact that the Angels ended up with no goal kicks in the game whatsoever. How strange is that?
Special mention goes to Adam and Mike Suits for volunteering to run the
lines for the preceeding game -- a 5-3 victory by SWAT over Team Biology.
The turnout was excellent, giving the Angels 5 subs on the bench. Cormac Trainor and David McDonald were still both injured for the game. Ali Jahed, Bob Oliver, Erik Lockhart, Josh Maveety missed the game for various reasons, and Umar Iqbal was off on a conference.
The weather on the eve of the game was a bit forboding, as it looked like rain during the course of the entire match. Perhaps it was slightly in tune with the England loss to Portugal the same day, a game that most of the team watched on tape at the Grad Club after the game had finished.
The first half started off pretty awkwardly for the Angels, as they seemed to half some ball control problems. One of these instances of poor control led to an early Gudina chance, but it was easily saved. As the Angels grew more comfortable with the strange bounces on the field, they started to take the run of the game. This culminated in a pass from Corey out to Ryan, and a sharp shot ended up in the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. Minutes later, Paul had a breakaway and forced a fantastic save from the opposing goalkeeper. Haltime came with a 1-0 Angels lead.
The second half began with the Angels really starting to take the run of play, especially as the clouds started getting darker, and everyone wanted to be done with the game and find out how poorly England did. As such, the Angels played with a fury, forcing the play to the Gudinas as much as possible. When the Gudinas tried to move the ball into the Angels end of the field, the defense moved the ball back deep into Gudina territory. One such instance had Suits chipping the ball up the field, right into Paul's path. He headed to the corner, cut in along the goal line, and slammed a shot right through the keeper into the back of the net. This was followed by Corey getting a feed from Ricardo and the ball finished up across the goal line. Moments later, Andrew fed the ball to Sebi, who laced the ball into the open net for a 4-0 lead.
The onslaught continued, with the Angels defenders pushing forward, taking the play deep. With visions of Sunday's glory dancing in his eyes, Gord chipped the ball at the net. It hopped up over the keeper's outstretched hands, and Lev touched the ball to the back of the net for a 5-0 lead.
Some other highlights of the game include Paul being kicked in the face, making him lose a contact (perhaps that is why he was unable to score on the breakaway?). The only thing here is that Paul is over 6' tall, and it's a good question as to how he got a foot in the face! Josh was at his best as he mouthed off in the direction of a particularily hostile girl in an orange sweater sitting on the sidelines. She was later heard to comment that Sebi's shirt must constrict the blood flow to the brain, which is why he had aiming difficulties. Finally, Suits received a yellow card for actually not retaliating on a slide tackle from behind. Makes you wonder what might have happened had he actually retaliated, doesn't it?
The turnout was excellent, giving the Angels 5 subs on the bench. Cormac Trainor and David McDonald were still both injured for the game. Adam Lewis, Bob Oliver, Erik Lockhart, and Willie Yu missed the game for various reasons, and Umar Iqbal was off on a conference.
It was a sunny, warm day out at the Caton's fields, and the turnout was sparse. It was suggested that golf and the Czech Republic had dragged people away from the game. That and a drinking party the night before. Regardless, thanks to the speedy efforts of Ryan and Alex on their return from Toronto that very day, the Angels were able to field a team of 8 players to start things out. Playing both into the sun and the wind no less.
Despite starting short players, the Angels were able to hustle enough against QEDEC to slow the game down to a pace that would not tire them too quickly. The first half played out pretty evenly, with the QEDEC team getting a couple of decent chances, but unable to finish anything, including a miscommunication by Mike Cook and Alex that almost led to a lovely own goal. At the other end of the field, no solid chances were found. Halftime came, with the Angels having the advantage of a 0-0 scoreline, and 11 players on the field.
The Angels started much more strongly in the second half as the QEDEC team was starting to feel the heat, and thus the Angels were able to carry the play much more. The first real chance of the second half was created by Ted, out on the right wing. He crossed the ball into Corey, who went in alone on the keeper, skipped to the left, and when he realized that he did not have a good chance at the goal, slid the ball out front of the net for Sebi to score an easy goal. 1-0 Angels. Shortly after this, a QEDEC clearance came upfield. Paul headed the ball down, right onto Sebi's foot, and a quick chip from near half went over the keeper's head, and dropped into the back of the net for a quick 2-0 lead.
The Angels had more chances, with Corey getting another one on one opportunity, but he was unable to get a shot off. A bit later on, Ryan ended up carrying the ball down the right side of the field, crossed it into Ted, who went in alone against the keeper, and slotted it past him into the left side of the net for a 3-0 lead. QEDEC pushed the ball upfield after this third goal and got a few chances, but due to some strong defending, were unable to break the goose egg, and the game ended with another win for the Angels.
The turnout was pretty low, with the Angels only reaching 11 players halfway through the first half. Cormac Trainor and David McDonald were still both injured for the game. Adam Lewis, Ali Jahed, Andrew Major, Bob Oliver, Erik Lockhart, Josh Maveety, Lev Becker, Mike Suits, and Scott Andrew missed the game for various reasons, while Umar Iqbal was off on a conference.
On an evening marked with a nice cooling breeze, and some fairly constant drizzle, Mel's Angels had a chance to clinch first place in the league, with a game yet to play on the schedule. The opponent for the evening? A rematch with QEDEC, a team that the Angels defeated 3-0 in their last game, the first half of an unofficial home-and-away series.
The game started well, with the Angels winning the coin toss and choosing to play into the wind, giving the QEDEC the leeward side for the first half. As both teams waited for the last couple of QEDEC players to arrive, the Angels took a couple of team pictures, accidentally omitting Eric as he'd run home to pick up his alternate set of cleats. Fortunately, this error was realized almost immediately and a full picture was taken at halftime.
Overall, the game was fairly uneventful, with only one goal being scored. It was PP from Willie, clean through the legs of the keeper off the slick grass. Otherwise, the only real highlights (or low-?) of the game were when the Angels put Josh up front as a striker for the last shift of the game and attempted to feed him the ball repeatedly while he managed to hit the keeper, the crossbar, and just miss the post with a header. This last effort prompted someone to suggest that he use more gel in his hair in an attempt to have the ball stick better. The other major incident was a red card given to a QEDEC player midway through the second half after he tackled Corey around the waist. Somehow Corey managed to end up on top of the ensuing pileup.
When the game ended, the Angels knew that they'd wrapped up the first place position. One regular season game left, and then the playoffs to follow. To celebrate, the team sojourned to the Grad Club and some members partook of mellonball-esque shots in a toast to a good regular season.
Special mention goes to Willie, Alex and Corey for volunteering to run the lines for the preceeding game -- an exciting 5-3 victory by Sporting Baldmen over Biohazards.
The turnout was excellent, allowing the Angels to finally get a team picture or two. The Angels had 6 subs on the bench for most of the game, and Cormac finally made a return from his foot injury. Unfortunately, David McDonald was still injured. Andrew Major, Bob Oliver, Ricardo Montoya, and Ted Farndon missed the game for various reasons, while Umar Iqbal was off on a conference.
Some pictures from the game are also available.
It was a hot and humid day out at Caton's, with the sun beating down on the field. The Angels started with 10 players are Ryan hurried to get ready on the sideline. The referee was kind enough to let him on the field as soon as he had his shoes tied up. Eric and Erik showed up a couple of minutes after the kickoff, Eric arriving at the field just as the opening goal of the game was scored. On the other hand, Mel started her first game of the year, immediately after playing a full women's league game prior to the kickoff.
The game started with the Angels taking the play to Chem Grads quite strongly, and this led to an early scramble in the box with Mel touching the ball forward to Adam for a fairly easy goal. Several minutes later on another rush up the field, Adam was taken down in the box from behind drawing the call for a penalty. Mel stepped up, casually beat the keeper, but unfortunately, just missed the side of the net. The half closed out with a break down the left side. Lev carried the ball in, took at shot at the goal, which the keeper directed out front, right into the path of Ricardo's side volley, smashing the ball into the back of the net.
For the second half, Alex moved out of the goal to play striker (due to the fact that he had to leave partway through the second half), and Erik took over the goal duties. The play was reasonably even for the first part of the half, with the Angels getting a few decent chances, including Alex running onto a lazy passback, but unable to put any away.
After Alex left, the Angels attacked strongly, with Lev putting a good pass across to Ryan, who finished in style, for his third goal of the season. This was followed fairly promptly by Sebi making a beautiful pass to Adam, and a quick flick-on to Corey led to a brillant goal for a 4-0 lead. Back at the other end of the field, Erik was obviously feeling a bit sorry for the opponents, and like the angel that he is, gifted one of the Chem forwards with a nice pass, and it led to the end of the clean sheet. Beyond that, the game finished without much further incident, and the team sojourned to Gord's place for a end of season BBQ. The playoffs away ahead.
The turnout was decent, better than the prior Sunday game. The Angels had 2 subs on their bench for most of the game, including Mel herself. David McDonald was still injuted, and Andrew Major, Ali Jahed, Bob Oliver, Cormac Trainor, Josh Maveety, Mike Suits, Paul-Philippe Champage, Scott Andrew, Ted Farndon, and Umar Iqbal all missed the game for various reasons.
The evening for the 2004 semi-finals was a nice one, a bit breezy, and an almost cloudless sky. Oddly enough, the Kingston area was in an Environment Canada Thunderstorm Watch, but just like the previous one, not a speck of rain all evening. As such, the two teams took the field, Mel's Angels in their typical white, and Walter Light Dragons in dark blue.
Both teams started the game a bit tentatively, trying to feel their opponents out. The Dragons had a couple of forwards that had been unable to play in the two prior games against the Angels earlier in the season on May 11 and June 20, but they were missing their regular keeper. The Angels did their best to take advantage of this with pressure and shots. The unrelenting pressure paid off as Corey laid a ball over to Sebi and a rocket from close to twenty yards out lodged itself in the netting for a 1-0 lead.
The sleeping Dragon finally awoke and they pressed forward with numbers. Eventually, they forced a mistake from Alex and the ball was in (and through) the hole in the middle of the back of the net, knotting the game at 1 as the teams went into halftime.
Coming out in the second half, the Angels played with more confidence, and lots of encouragement from Mel herself. Their eyes set on a third playoff final in three years. This confidence showed itself as they challenged for the ball, tackling and pressing. A series of throw-ins were won up the right hand sideline, the last one was taken by Paul. He put a quick flick over to Sebi who brought it down under control and fired it into the net, catching everybody offguard. Minutes late, Lev carried the ball upfield and was taken down from behind. Sebi stepped up and put the free kick around the wall into the far corner for the final blow, and a 3-1 lead. Both teams played out the last few minutes of the game, and the Angels were on their way to the final.
In the other semi-final, Blue Steel beat Meds in a close 2-1 matchup. This means that Mel's Angels will be playing Blue Steel in the finals on Thursday - the third year running that the top two teams will vie for the championship.
The turnout was excellent, with 6 subs on the bench, although the officals only let the team sub three at a time, even when the ball was miles out of play. Adam Lewis and David McDonald were injured, while Ali Jahed, Bob Oliver, and Josh Maveety missed the game for various reasons.
The day of the playoff finals was a bit of a wet one, but the skies cleared reasonably well by the time both the women's and men's finals were to take place.
Just as last year's women's final, this year's edition went to extra time. Once again, Team Biology came through, this time with a 4-3 golden goal time victory over SWAT partway through the first half of extra time.
Finally the men's game could begin. Early in the game, the Angels got an indirect kick outside the box. Sebi put it off the wall, and forced a good save from their goalkeeper. On a return rush, Blue Steel got an indirect free kick inside the box for some chippy play. They put their first effort into the net, but the play was called back as the referee was busy pacing out ten yards for the Angels defence.
At halftime, the teams were deadlocked at 0-0. The second half featured two goals, one by each squad. The Angels struck first with some good passes that ended with Corey sliding the ball over to Umar, who finished with no mistake. Several minutes later, a defensive breakdown led to Blue Steel getting two players in on goal, and the result was a goal, despite Michael Suits' best efforts to save the ball off the line.
Extra time solved nothing, but the Angels had several close chances, including a post and a fantastic chance by the Baconator that forced a good save. Penalties were required. Sebi, Corey, Mike Cook, Josh, and Ricardo were selected to take the kicks for the Angels. Unfortunately a missed penalty by the Angels gave Blue Steel the championship for 2004 in a hard fought final. Just as the game ended, the mosquitoes descended, and everyone from both teams made a quick exit from the field.
The turnout was excellent, with 6 subs on the bench at the start, although that dropped to 3 as Ryan and Umar were injured, and Erik changed in order to be ready to head off on business after the game. Adam Lewis and David McDonald were injured, while Ali Jahed, Bob Oliver, and Cormac Trainor missed the game for various reasons.