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Eagles look to rebound against Fairfield

posted Sep 7, 2012, 3:52 AM by Eric Rothwell   [ updated Sep 7, 2012, 3:54 AM ]

Close Call - Offsides

The Eagles take on Fairfield on Saturday night in their first home game in over two weeks.  The game should be a great intense match with both teams having success early on this season.  It is "Pack the House Night",  where elementary school kids get in free.  Adults will be $5 and students will be $3.  This is Walnut's only night home game on a weekend, and we are looking to make it a special night. 

In last nights game, the Eagles suffered their first defeat at La Salle.  The game started at an extremely fast pace.  The first half was a very close match with both teams having opportunities to score.  Sophomore goal keeper Logan Wiedmann made a couple of point blank saves to keep it tied at zero.    Sophomore Daniel Bundschuh had the best chance in the first half when he beat several Lancer defenders on the dribble  only to have his shot saved.  

The second half started with La Salle earning an early free kick.   Their slow roller free kick took an awkward deflection into the Eagle goal.  Four minutes later, the Lancers doubled their lead on another deflected shot from the 18 after cross from the baseline.  The Eagles responded with an onslaught of chances.   Adam Brown appeared to score, but was ruled off sides.   Walnut would then go on to have several chances in the box, but failed to covert.    The game would end 2-0 in favor of the Lancers.  While Walnut controlled, most of the second half, it's who converts its chances what matters, just ask Italy last time they played the USA.  

As a coach, its easy to point to the tall grass or fact that we've played so many away games in straight days, but the main thing the boys came away with is that we have to keep mental focus for a full 80 minutes.  Good teams take advantage when you switch off, and we can't afford to look at the ground when the ball goes out of bounds or play is stopped.    I'm proud of their effort and sure we'll continue to grow.  

JV Eagles kept their unbeaten record going strong with a 2-1 win.  Sam Warren scored early in the game from a header and Brandon Pitz added a pk before half time.  They improved to 5-0-1.